The Study of Language 1

Course code EPHUMA149Units 10English Language & Foundation Studies Centre

Human society as it is today would not be possible without language. Institutions, relationships and human achievements all rely on the trait that is unique to humans - language. This course provides an introduction to the study of human language, known as linguistics.

Most of us are not aware of the enormous number of language choices we make every day and this course will give students insight into some of these choices. It investigates features that all languages have in common, how we construct what we speak and write every day, how children acquire language, how we communicate in society, and how language differs from animal communication. Although the main language of study is English, examples from many other languages are given, with the intention of providing an understanding of the features that all languages share.

The course aims to engage students in a learning experience of language through various approaches catering for different learning styles. Students are encouraged to engage in objective analysis of various aspects of language, and they will be given the opportunity to develop skills necessary for undergraduate study through the embedded explicit teaching of academic literacies.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
On-Line from CallaghanSemester 1
OurimbahSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesAt the end of the course, students should be able to:

1. accurately identify, utilise, and demonstrate an understanding of linguistic terminology and concepts
2. evaluate basic theoretical aspects and relate those to applied aspects of linguistics
3. explain an awareness of interpersonal and social aspects of language
4. illustrate theory and concepts with original examples to show understanding
5. apply skills in relevant technology
6. use own research and academic writing skills for tertiary study
Content1. What all languages have in common
2. How we use language in society
3. Knowing and using language
4. The nature of language
5. How animal communication differs from human language
6. How we learn language
7. How language varies according to situation, region and social groups
8. How we put sentences together
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: ClassClass Test
Essays / Written AssignmentsWritten paragraph, grammar analysis.
Essays / Written AssignmentsEssay plan, essay
Examination: FormalMultiple-choice questions, paragraphs, and essay
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 11 weeks
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for EPHUMA149