The University of Newcastle, Australia

Course handbook

Description

Humankind would not be possible without language. This course provides an introduction to the scientific study of 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 language as a human communication system, specifically: the technical features that all languages have in common; how we construct the components of language into meaningful words and utterances; how children acquire language; and how our brains organise and interpret language.

Although English is the main focus, examples from other languages may be used with the intention of providing an understanding of the fundamental 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.


Availability2018 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 2 - 2018

Ourimbah

  • Semester 2 - 2018

Online

  • Semester 2 - 2018

Online


    Learning outcomes

    On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

    1. Accurately use linguistic terminology

    2. Apply formal analysis to a variety of spoken and written language data

    3. Critically analyse theories of language acquisition

    4. Employ an appropriate level of academic literacies for tertiary study


    Content

    1. The classification, structure, and creation of words and sentences
    2. The sounds of language
    3. How children acquire language
    4. The brain's capacity for language
    5. Meaning in language

    Requisite

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


    Assessment items

    Quiz: Online Quizzes

    In Term Test: Mid-semester Exam

    Quiz: Online Quiz

    In Term Test: End-of-Semester Exam


    Contact hours

    Callaghan

    Lecture

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

    Tutorial

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

    Online students will have a 1 hour tutorial each week.

    Ourimbah

    Lecture

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

    Tutorial

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

    Ourimbah

    Lecture

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

    Tutorial

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