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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Language & Translation Studies Short Name: ELA1005
Level: HE1 Module Co-ordinator: ARNOLD J Mr (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( %)
In- class seminar discussion
Written assignment: 750 words       
Oral presentation
Qualifying Condition(s) 
A weighted aggregate of 40% is required to pass the module

Module Overview

This is a first-year module for the English for International Communication pathway. It will provide an introduction to the theory and practice of spoken English for academic and professional purposes.

Module Aims

This module aims to raise learners’ awareness of the nature of spoken English in academic and professional contexts. It will focus on identifying the distinguishing features and varieties of spoken English, and on approaches to analysing spoken discourse. In addition it will aim to give learners practice in using English in both academic and professional contexts.

Learning Outcomes
Students will be able to
  • recognise ways in which spoken communication differs from other channels of communication
  • gain a basic understanding of theoretical approaches to analysing spoken language and language interaction
  • identify different varieties of spoken English
  • engage in communications typical of a university or work environment
Module Content
The following areas are indicative of topics to be covered:
  • The distinguishing features of spoken English
  • Production and organisation of speech
  • Speech variation
  • Conversation analysis
  • The grammar of spoken English
Participation in a range of speaking activities such as meetings, presentations, negotiations
Methods of Teaching/Learning

Delivery is in a combination of one-hour weekly lectures, workshops and seminars and additional practice will be available in language laboratories. There will be opportunities for groupwork and peer  evaluation.

Selected Texts/Journals
Recommended reading:
Anderson K, Maclean J & Lynch T (2004) Study Speaking 2nd edition Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Brazil D (1997) The Communicative Value of Intonation Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Brown P & Levinson S.C. (1987) Politeness: Some Universals in Language Usage Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Bygate M (1987) Speaking  Oxford: Oxford University Press
Carter R & McCarthy M (1997) Exploring Spoken English Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Kirkpatrick A (2007) World Englishes Implications for International Communication and English Language Teaching Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Powell M (2002) Presenting in English Boston: Thomson Heinle
Rogerson P & Gilbert J.B. (1984) Speaking Clearly Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Thorne S (2008) Mastering Advanced English Language Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
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