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Linguistic Description for Language Teaching (Level 7)


  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 7
  • Convenor and tutor: Professor Bojana Petric
  • Assessment: a 3500-4000-word essay (100%)

Module description

This module will equip you with key linguistic concepts, terms and tools necessary for describing language for pedagogical purposes. It will provide you with an overview of the systems of phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and discourse, and help you develop skills in linguistic description for language teaching.

Indicative syllabus

  • Teacher linguistic knowledge and language awareness
  • Systems of language description and their pedagogical applications
  • Phonetics and phonology
  • Morphology
  • Syntax
  • Semantics
  • Discourse analysis
  • Corpus tools for language description
  • Describing learner language
  • Language description and teaching materials

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • describe the features of the systems of phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and discourse using appropriate linguistic terminology
  • analyse new samples of language, including the language produced by language learners
  • analyse and evaluate teaching materials for language teaching.