Semester 2 - Online
Semester 2 - On Campus
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This subject adopts a language for specific purposes (LSP) framework to processes of language education. It begins from the premise that all language teaching involves the teaching of language for some specific purpose, and in some specific context. Working within an LSP framework, we look at a range of theoretical and practical approaches to needs analyses and to the design of programs and curricula. Approaches include corpus linguistics, genre theory, Systemic Functional Linguistics, and more socially critical approaches such as Academic Literacies. The subject will involve students collecting and analysing data (e.g. sample texts and interviews) to research the needs of learners and identify the discourses and practices of target communities in academic and professional contexts. Students will also participate in evaluating and developing LSP pedagogical materials and course curricula.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- have a critical understanding of the main issues and debates in LSP;
- have developed skills in conducting LSP needs analyses;
- have developed skills in designing and critically evaluating pedagogical materials and curriculum for language instruction.
At the completion of this subject, students should:
- have developed research skills;
- have developed critical thinking and analytic skills;
- be able to communicate ideas through writing.
Last updated: 18 December 2020