This unit is an opportunity for you to use your developing research skills to produce an extended piece of writing at postgraduate level. You will select a topic of interest to you, devise a research question or a set of related questions, do extensive reading in primary and secondary sources, design and carry out an appropriate investigation into the research - and write up the results in the form of a dissertation.
This unit will equip you to use a range of discourse analytic techniques (manual and corpus assisted) applied to empirical data from the immediate social context.
Language, Culture and Communication
This unit addresses the relationship between language, culture and communication in a globalising world, with increasing transnational flows interacting with changing local complexities.
You will critically engage with different ways of assessing meaning in context, and develop skill-sets to carry out your own pragmatic research at an advanced level.
Research Methods (Languages)
You will critically review research paradigms methodologies and design aspects of published research, and practise conducting research and reporting findings.
This unit introduces you to the relationship between language, society and identity in relation to factors such as gender, ethnicity, social class, sexuality and age.
Sound, Structure, Meaning: Describing Language
This unit will provide you with the terminology and techniques needed to describe and analyse language in relation to its sounds, structure and meaning.
Likely Optional Units
Independent Study (Languages)
This unit allows you to pursue an area of interest which is not covered by the other units usually on offer, yet which falls within the area of expertise of one of the teaching team. The specific focus of the unit, the content of the unit, and the precise nature of the assignment will be negotiated between the student, the tutor and the programme leaders. This will be an appropriate topic area within TESOL or Linguistics, perhaps relating to a language other than English, or a specialism not covered by one of the other units.
This unit examines the roles of language and linguistics in a range of educational settings and practices.
Forensic linguistics explores the interface between language and the law, and draws on all levels of language. Through consideration and analysis of forensic data, you will be introduced to key issues specific to forensic linguistic analyses (eg data collection and ethics). You will explore the use of language in linguistic issues arising from key stages of the criminal justice system (including, for instance, during emergency calls to the police, police interviews, and during various stages of courtroom trials).
Language in a Globalised World
The course engages with and responds to contemporary issues pertinent to language and globalisation, drawing on current debates on the status of English in the world.
Learning and Teaching Vocabulary
The unit examines theories and principles underlying vocabulary teaching, and a range of techniques and approaches to teaching, learning and assessing vocabulary.
Multimodality, Technology and Language Teaching
On this unit you will engage with the importance of using technology, media and digital media in language learning and teaching. You will be trained to use digital resources for your classes. You will also develop your digital literacy and online presence so as to become independent, networked practitioners and researchers.
Social Psychology of Language
This unit examines social-psychological factors and language-based evaluations across social contexts. It covers theories and methodologies for investigating language features, attitudes, and perceptions.