The Study of Language 1


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.



  • Semester 1 - 2016
  • Semester 1 - 2017


  • Semester 1 - 2016
  • Semester 1 - 2017

On-Line from Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2016
  • Semester 1 - 2017

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will 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 in for tertiary study


  1. 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


This course is only available to students who are active in the Open Foundation Program or the Yapug Program.

Assessment Items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Exercise - Written paragraph, grammar analysis.

Essay: Essay and Essay plan

In Term Test: Class Test

Formal Examination: Final Examination

Contact Hours

Callaghan, Ourimbah and On-Line from Callaghan


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks

Online students will have a 1 hour tutorial each week.