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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Language & Translation Studies Short Name: ELA1002
Level: HE1 Module Co-ordinator: MICHELOTTI S Mrs (Lang & Trans)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability

All year

Assessment Pattern
Unit(s) of Assessment
Weighting Towards Module Mark( %)
On-line discussion board
Continuous assessment based on regular written homework throughout the 2 semesters
2 hour unseen written examination at the end of semester 2
Module Overview
This is a first-year module for the English for International Communication pathway. Delivery is in a combination of one-hour weekly lectures, workshops and seminars. Additional practice material is available on the VLE and a discussion forum is used for consolidation purposes. Attendance is compulsory.
6.5 IELTS or equivalent
Module Aims
This Module aims to develop and improve students’ ability to read and understand English texts taken from various professional and academic contexts, and to write coherently and precisely for a range of purposes. To support the development of these skills, students study and analyse the norms and conventions of various text types and learn how to produce their own texts based on previous text analysis.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module, it is expected that students will be able to:
  • Recognise and categorise different text types
  • Analyse and reproduce the linguistic and pragmatic norms and conventions of particular text types
  • Recognise and use appropriate styles and registers
  • Understand and use specialist terminology from given professional and academic contexts
  • Engage in processes of drafting and redrafting texts to achieve clarity of expression and an appropriate style, including appropriate bibliographic skills
  • Express themselves adequately and efficiently in writing in given academic and professional contexts
Module Content

The following areas are indicative of topics to be covered: 

  • The relationship between speech and writing
  • Analysis of different text types on various levels (linguistic, pragmatic, content etc)
  • Genre, register and style 
  • Patterns of discourse organisation
  • Distinguishing fact from opinion      
  • Apects of text grammar:  cohesion, coherence, structure 

Online contributions 
Students will have access to an online discussion board, where they are required to reflect and participate in reflective discussions and group tasks on related issues.

Methods of Teaching/Learning

Teaching will be delivered in a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops.  There will be opportunity for class discussion and peer assessment of tasks set in class. 

Additional materials will be made available online for independent study providing further practice in the analysis and production of written English in given academic and professional contexts.

Selected Texts/Journals
Bhatia, V. K. (1993). Analysing genre: Language use in professional settings. London: Longman.
Cruse, D., A., (2004). Meaning in Language: An introduction to Semantics and Pragmatics. Oxford: OUP
Duszak, A. (Ed). (1997). Culture and styles of academic discourse. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
Flowerdew, J. (2002). Academic Discourse. Harlow: Longman
Goatley, A. (2000). Critical Reading and Writing: An introductory coursebook. London: Routledge.
Grundy, P., (2000). Doing Pragmatics 2nd ed. Edward Arnold.
Hoey, M. (2000). Textual Interaction: An introduction to Written Discourse Analysis. London: Routledge.
Horn, L., R., & Ward, G. (2004). The Handbook of Pragmatics. Oxford: Blackwell.
Koester, A. (2004). The Language of Work. London: Routledge.
Rankin, E. (2001). The Work of Writing: Insights and Strategies for Academics and Professionals. Jossey Bass.
Reah, D. (2002). The Language of Newspapers. London: Routledge.
Shiffrin, D., Tannen, D., & Hamilton, H.E. (Eds.). (2001). The Handbook of discourse analysis. Oxford: Blackwell.
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