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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Language & Translation Studies Short Name: ELA2001
Level: HE2 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( %)
Coursework portfolio including textual analysis and commentary throughout the 2 semesters
Written assignment: 1,000 words (end of semester 1)
Written report (c.1,500 words) based on research carried out for a collaborative group-work project (end of semester 2)
Qualifying Condition(s) 
A weighted aggregate of 40% is required to pass the module

Module Overview

This module builds on knowledge and competencies acquired in ‘Written English for Academic & Professional Purposes 1’. Through lectures, seminars and workshops, students are encouraged to reflect critically upon textual production and reception both in a variety of academic and professional contexts and in their own practice. Students will develop their ability to write extended research assignments whilst at the same time developing the ability to work with and in relation to others through a collaborative group-work project in which they investigate an aspect of written English.


Successful completion of Written English for Academic & Professional Purposes 1

Module Aims

This module aims to extend students’ knowledge and understanding of English usage in given academic and professional contexts through exposure to a range of material. This will then enable students to develop their own ability to produce complex and sophisticated texts for a range of purposes.

Learning Outcomes
 On successful completion of this module, it is expected that students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the distinctive character of texts written in given academic and professional contexts
  • Identify and reproduce the rhetorical skills necessary for effective written communication and argument
  • Reflect upon linguistic and stylistic choices in the production of written texts
  • Describe, critically analyse and produce complex and sophisticated written texts for a range of purposes e.g. an extended research project assignment
Module Content
The following topics are indicative of areas to be covered:
  • Professional and academic literacies
  • Definitions of rhetoric and its role in academic and professional communication
  • Models of argument
  • The rhetoric of persuasion
  • Genre analysis: linguistic and ethnographic approaches
  • The grammar, lexis, semantics and pragmatics distinctive to specific written genres
Methods of Teaching/Learning
Teaching will be delivered in a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops and there will be opportunity for class discussion. Self- and peer-assessment will be used to foster students’ analytical and critical skills and to develop writing strategies.

Further learning will be undertaken through independent study, particularly in relation to a small-scale group project researching an aspect of written English in given academic and/or professional contexts.

Selected Texts/Journals
Essential Reading
Crème, P. & Lea M.R. (2008) Writing at University. Maidenhead. Open University Press
Goddard, A. (2002). The Language of Advertising. London. Routledge
Reah, D. (2002). The Language of Newspapers. London: Routledge
Recommended Reading
Bhatia, V. K. (1993). Analysing genre: Language use in professional settings. London: Longman.
Candlin, C. (Ed.). (2002). Research and practice in professional discourse. Hong Kong: City
Cockcroft, R. & Cockcroft, S., (2005). Persuading People: An introduction to rhetoric. (2nd ed.) Basingstoke:
Palgrave Macmillan
Connor, U. (1996). Contrastive Rhetoric. Cambridge: CUP
Durant, R. & Lambrou, M. (2009). Language and Media. A resource book for students. Abingdon: Routledge
Flowerdew, J. (2002). Academic Discourse. Harlow: Longman.
Graddol, D., Cheshire, J., & Swann, J. (1994). Describing Language. 2nd ed. Buckingham. Open University Press.
Gunnarsson, B-L., Linell, P., & Nordberg, B. (Eds.). (1997). The construction of professional discourse. London
Hoey, M. (2000). Textual Interaction: An introduction to Written Discourse Analysis. London: Routledge.
Peacock, M. & Flowerdew, J. (2001). Research perspectives on English for Academic Purposes. Cambridge: CUP
Koester, A. (2004). The Language of Work. London: Routledge
Maybin, J., Mercer, N., Hewings, A. (eds) (2007). Using English. Milton Keynes: The Open University
Shiffrin, D., Tannen, D., & Hamilton, H.E. (Eds.). (2001). The Handbook of discourse analysis. Oxford: Blackwell.
Swales, J. (1990). Genre Analysis. Cambridge. CUP
Swales, J., & Feak, C. (2004). Academic Writing for Graduate Students. 2nd ed. Ann Arbor. University of Michigan
Yule, G. (2006). The Study of Language (3rd edition). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Background Reading
Bryson, B. (1990). Mother Tongue. The English Language. London : Penguin Books
Crystal, D. (1995). The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language. Cambridge. CUP
Jaworski, A. & Coupland, N. (eds) (2006). The Discourse Reader. Abingdon. Routledge
Pinker, S. (1994). The Language Instinct. London: Penguin Books

Students may also wish to consult the two main ESP journals, English for Specific Purposes and Journal of English for Academic Purposes.

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