Module Details

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Title English Language in Context
Code ENGL116
Coordinator Miss C Guardamagna
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2022-23 Level 4 FHEQ Second Semester 30


The aims of this module are:

To equip students with key concepts in basic linguistic analysis.

To introduce students to the importance of context in shaping language.

To raise student awareness of the communicative purposes served through language use.

To equip students with the theoretical tools that will enable them to analyse and interpret a wide range of language data.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Demonstrate a clear intake of key concepts in basic linguistic analysis.

(LO2) Use technical vocabulary accurately.

(LO3) Demonstrate a clear understanding of the importance of context in shaping language.

(LO4) Exhibit knowledge and understanding of the communicative functions of language.

(LO5) Appreciate the different ways of studying the English language.

(LO6) Analyse and interpret a range of naturally occurring data.

(LO7) Demonstrate familiarity with digital resources for language analysis.

(LO8) The ability to analyse and interpret data and sophisticated texts closely and critically.

(LO9) The ability to construct and support argument in both written and spoken forms.

(LO10) The ability to write with appropriate subject knowledge, using appropriate approaches and terminology.

(S1) Read closely and critically.

(S2) Write clearly, accurately and effectively.

(S3) Apply scholarly bibliographic skills appropriate to the subject.

(S4) Present information within wider contexts.

(S5) Plan, organise and report to deadline.

(S6) Articulate their own and other people’s ideas concisely, accurately and persuasively both orally and in writing.

(S7) Develop working relationships with others in teams, especially through constructive dialogue (for example, by listening, asking and responding to questions).

(S8) Be sensitive to cultural contexts when working with others.

(S9) Applying creativity and rigour to problem-solving, adapting to different demands and tasks.



Typically topics may include:

Child Language Acquisition
Language & Mind
Language & Gender/Sexuality
Language & the Law
Multilingual Child Language Acquisition

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Workshops (Large group session used for the transmission of information, facts, and concepts central to studying English Language in context.) Topics discussed in lectures will be followed up on in tutorials. Students will have two lectures per week.
Tutorials (Small group session for discussion of module topics.) There will be one seminar per week. Preliminary-work for tutorials will be required. This work will be flagged up in lectures and distributed via VITAL.

Formative assessment to take place in a tutorial session, typically around week 6. Some sessions may take place in computer labs.

Independent study time should be spent reading around the subject matter (indicative reading lists will be provided), preparing for the seminars (completing worksheets) and working towards the assessment (formative, coursework and exam).

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours     11


Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 267


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
(Extended)/Take-Home Paper. Not scheduled by SAS, 48 hours duration, re-sit opportunity, anonymous    50       
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Students will deliver a 10-minute group presentation where they discuss some of the topics and issues introduced in the previous week's work. Skills/knowledge tested by this assessment are: Group wor  10         
Assignment 1 - Coursework covering the first part of the module.    25       
Assignment 2: coursework covering the second part of the module.    25       

Recommended Texts

Reading lists are managed at Click here to access the reading lists for this module.