Semester 2 - Online
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This subject investigates the nature of spoken discourse and major approaches to analysing and understanding it; written discourse will also be touched on for comparative purposes. Students will develop their skills in the collection and transcription of spoken language data and in designing research projects in discourse analysis relevant to applied linguistics. A variety of discourse types and genres will be studied, with a focus on dialogic interaction. Theories and approaches covered will include pragmatics, conversation analysis, and critical discourse analysis.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to demonstrate theoretical and practical knowledge and understanding of major concepts and approaches to the analysis of language from pragmatic and discourse perspectives;
- be able to identify and describe discourse features in spoken texts using appropriate terminology and techniques;
- have developed skills in the collection and transcription of spoken discourse; and
- show an awareness of a range of issues in the study of discourse in applied linguistics.
At the completion of this subject, students should:
- have developed their analytical skills and critical thinking through completion and discussion of a range of analytical exercises;
- have improved their ability to think in theoretical terms through developing and critically evaluating arguments and relating these to evidence;
- have developed their skills in communicating knowledge and critical opinion clearly and persuasively.
Last updated: 3 November 2022