Year three

There are no compulsory modules for English Language degree scheme students.

Single honours English Language or English language and TESOL/TEFL students should take a minimum of 100 credits (5 modules) from the list below. Joint honours students should take 60 credits (3 modules) from the list below. TESOL/TEFL students are required to take ALE306 Second Language Acquisition and ALE308 Issues in current ELT.

ALE305: First Language Acquisition (TB1)

The module builds on ALE211 Psycholinguistics (NOT a prerequisite). The aim is to develop a deeper understanding of the processes, conditions and stages of successful first language acquisition, and also to consider variation and disorders in child language acquisition, to explore methodological issues and principles in first language acquisition research, and to provide a comparative model for the better understanding of second language acquisition (which can be pursued in ALE306), including child bilingualism.

ALE306: Second Language Acquisition (TB1)

This module examined second language learning from a psycholinguistic perspective. Students will be introduced to some of the key theories in second language acquisition and examine some of the factors that influence SLA, e.g. the role of the first language, age, working memory capacity, motivation, aptitude etc. This module builds on preliminary investigations into language acquisition in ALE211 (Psycholinguistics) and ALE305 (First Language Acquisition) although these are not a pre-requisites.

ALE308: Issues in current ELT (TB1)

ALE308 provides an insight into the English Language Teaching profession as it exists right now demonstrating how academic teaching and learning theories are applied int he classroom. The module is suitable for students who are interested in working in the industry as well as those who have an interest in how EFL is taught. Course content reflects current issues discussed at recent IATEFL conferences and covers methodology, material design, teaching vocabulary, English as a Lingua Franca, English Next and assessment. Students are guided through selected chapters in the most recent textbooks, journal articles, digital media and the blogosphere so as, by the end of the module, to be able to start to participate in the topical, professional discussion at the most recent conferences and to recognise various themes as beign aligned to the module content.

ALE317: Research Project preparation (TB1)

This module introduces students to the range of methodologies used in research in general and in applied linguistics/ language language acquisition research in particular. This module teaches a range of skills necessary for conducting research in applied linguistics/ first and second language acquisition. This module must be taken with ENA301.

ALE318: Research Project (TB2)

In this module, students will conduct an empirical research project in Applied Linguistics under supervision. This will entail collecting and analyzing data, as well as writing up their projects in an 8000 word dissertation.

ALE316: Language in the Media (TB2)

This module builds upon work that you have done on discourse analysis during years 1 and 2, applying it to a range of media texts, including television interviews, documentaries, political debates, social network sites, and participatory news sites. You will use several of the main theoretical frameworks in Discourse Analysis to do so. For example, you will draw upon the micro-analytic methods of Conversation Analysis to examine how political interviews on television and radio phone-in programmes are routinely structured: How are they opened and closed?; How are ‘neutral’ questions posited?; and How are answers evaded? Likewise, using Im-Politeness theories, you will examine verbal conflict and aggression in online political deliberation. You will also learn about the similarities in the use of narratives across genres as diverse as documentaries, news and talkshows.

The course will improve your data collection and discourse analytic skills. It will also teach you to assess critically the impact of media discourse upon contemporary society (and vice versa) and to evaluate discursive practices whereby identities are legitimised and/or challenged within the media.

EN-376: Prehistory, history and language (TB2)

This module has three sections.

  1. The origins of language – focusing especially on the ideas of Noam Chomsky, Steven Pinker and Terrence Deacon. This section gives us an in-depth insight into the theories of the fundamental character of language.
  2. the search for the Indo-European – focusing on rival theories (for example Colin Renfrew, JP Mallory, Marija Gimbutas) on the origins and spread of Indo-European languages. This section provides an in-detail understanding of research into the language “family” that gave us English.
  3. The Old English to Middle English question – what is the evidence that led language historians to identify a boundary between so called “Old” and “Middle English.” This section is about the historical processes that changed the grammar, vocabulary and spelling of English enormously in the Middle Ages.

ALE319: Computer-Assisted Language Learning (TB2)

This modules gives students a thorough overview of tolls and activities used in the fast expanding field of CALL. In the practical part, various CALL activities are explored and evaluated in view of their usefulness both for classroom use and for independent study.

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