Module Catalogues

How Language Works

Module Title How Language Works
Module Level Level 0
Module Credits 5.00
Academic Year 2019/20
Semester SEM1

Aims and Fit of Module

• To introduce students to English Language as an academic area.
• To raise questions such as the following: “what is language”, “why do only humans speak”, “why does language change”, “how does language variation relate to society”, and “what makes a global language”.
• To introduce the difference between descriptivism and prescriptivism.
• To allow students to engage in English Language and Linguistics within a theory-neutral context.
• The module also aims to equip students with the language and study skills related to the subject area.

Learning outcomes

A. Demonstrate knowledge of some of the fundamental questions that are addressed in Language and Linguistics.
B. Demonstrate knowledge of some of the major areas in English Language and Linguistics.
C. Demonstrate ability to discuss attitudes to language.
D. Produce academic writing at CEFR B1+level

Method of teaching and learning

One-hour lectures will be delivered by Department of English members. This will be followed by a two-hour large group seminar, delivered by the LC, which will incorporate academic skills.