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Modiwl QXL-4443:
Language and Communication

Ffeithiau’r Modiwl

Rhedir gan School of Languages, Literatures, Linguistics and Media

20 Credyd neu 10 Credyd ECTS

Semester 1

Trefnydd: Prof Thora Tenbrink

Amcanion cyffredinol

This module addresses how language is used for communication in various contexts and for various purposes. We will look at how speakers manage to get ideas across to others, what communication strategies they use, and what the challenges are in various everyday situations, professional and personal.

After discussing some theoretical models of linguistic communication, lectures will deal with common sources of communication problems, consider empirical methods of discourse analysis, and discuss diverse modes of communication (written, spoken, mediated, dialogic, task-based, etc.). Then lectures will turn to specific types of context selected according to students' preferences, such as scientific, political, journalistic, advertising, media, internet, family, casual, classroom, or other discourse, and identify some of the features and strategies typical for these communicative situations. Furthermore, students will be asked to give a brief presentation of chosen research relevant to their own choice during the lectures.

The tutorials will provide opportunities for practising discourse analysis methods, and for considering and discussing lecture content. Students will also be guided towards formulating an appropriate research question for their own project, and get a chance to discuss their progress in addressing it.

Cynnwys cwrs

  1. Introduction: Communication and miscommunication in everyday life – and linguistic reasons for them
  2. Theories and models of communication
  3. Linguistic principles
  4. Methods of discourse analysis
  5. Modes of communication
  6. Contexts and areas of communication
  7. Public contexts (e.g., media, journalism, political, or scientific discourse)
  8. Communication in the internet
  9. Classroom discourse
  10. Casual contexts
  11. Intercultural communication

Meini Prawf


C (50%):
The answer must address the question.
The answer must show a basic knowledge and understanding of the relevant key areas and principles of the foundational theories, constructs and methodologies of Linguistics.
The student must show evidence of being able to apply the principles to the analysis of language and linguistic examples and/or data.
The answer must show evidence of some background study.


The answer must be focussed and structured.
The answer must show a better-than-average standard of knowledge and understanding of the foundational theories, constructs and methodologies of Linguistics.
The linguistic examples used in the answer may be based upon examples from the literature but must also include original examples.
The answer must show evidence of background study with at least some from primary sources.


The answer must be highly focused and well-structured.
The answer must show comprehensive knowledge and detailed understanding.
The answer must show some original interpretation, new links between topics and/or a new approach to a problem. The answer must show evidence of extensive background study using primary sources.

Canlyniad dysgu

  1. Students will be able to demonstrate advanced understanding of the diversity of language used in different communication contexts.

  2. Students will be able to highlight systematic patterns of using language.

  3. Students will demonstrate confidence in discussing features of everyday language.

  4. Students will be able to conduct a piece of research drawing on any component presented in this module.

  5. Students will be able to deploy appropriate discourse analytic methods for specific types of language data.

Dulliau asesu

Math Enw Disgrifiad Pwysau
LLAFAR Oral presentation

A graded 10-minute presentation, to be scheduled individually.

GWAITH CWRS Discourse analysis

Analysis (max. 1000 words) of a sample of discourse based on the contents of the first half of the module.

ADDRODDIAD Research question report

A written assignment of 4000 words (+/- 10%) that addresses a suitable research question relevant to the module topic using appropriate methods (including literature-based discussion).


Strategaeth addysgu a dysgu

Private study

In their own time, students will be expected to do required readings for each class, do further research/reading on the topics and prepare assignments.


One 2-hour lecture per week (over 11 teaching weeks), which will include lectures, in-class discussion, presentations and data analysis.


One 1-hour seminar/practical per fortnight (over 11 teaching weeks)


Sgiliau Trosglwyddadwy

  • Llythrennedd - Medrusrwydd mewn darllen ac ysgrifennu drwy amrywiaeth o gyfryngau
  • Hunanreolaeth - Gallu gweithio mewn ffordd effeithlon, prydlon a threfnus. Gallu edrych ar ganlyniadau tasgau a digwyddiadau, a barnu lefelau o ansawdd a phwysigrwydd
  • Archwilio - Gallu ymchwilio ac ystyried dewisiadau eraill
  • Adalw gwybodaeth - Gallu mynd at wahanol ac amrywiol ffynonellau gwybodaeth
  • Sgiliau Rhyngbersonol - Gallu gofyn cwestiynau, gwrando'n astud ar atebion a'u harchwilio
  • Dadansoddi Beirniadol & Datrys Problem - Gallu dadelfennu a dadansoddi problemau neu sefyllfaoedd cymhleth. Gallu canfod atebion i broblemau drwy ddadansoddiadau ac archwilio posibiliadau
  • Cyflwyniad - Gallu cyflwyno gwybodaeth ac esboniadau yn glir i gynulleidfa. Trwy gyfryngau ysgrifenedig neu ar lafar yn glir a hyderus.
  • Dadl - Gallu cyflwyno, trafod a chyfiawnhau barn neu lwybr gweithredu, naill ai gydag unigolyn neu mewn grwˆp ehangach
  • Hunanymwybyddiaeth & Ystyried - Bod yn ymwybodol o'ch cryfderau, gwendidau, nodau ac amcanion eich hun. Gallu adolygu ,cloriannu a myfyrio'n rheolaidd ar eich perfformiad eich hun ac eraill.

Sgiliau pwnc penodol

  • Research skills - students will be able to undertake advanced independent research, involving formulating a research question, identifying and deploying appropriate linguistic methodology (theoretical or empirical), data collection techniques (experimental or field-based), as well as the selection and application of appropriate theoretical frameworks in order to adequately analyse and interpret data.
  • Writing & scholarly conventions - students will be able to present data, argumentation, findings and references in written form in keeping with the conventions current in language science and English language studies to an advanced standard.
  • Oral presentation skills & scholarly conventions - students will be able to present data, argumentation, findings and references in oral form in keeping with the conventions current in language science and English language studies, to an advanced level.
  • Analysis & interpretation skills - students will be able to analyse and interpret data accurately and to draw appropriate conclusions based on the application of appropriate analytic and theoretical frameworks available in linguistics and English language studies.
  • Evaluation & reflection - students will be able to critically evaluate to an advanced standard a particular position, viewpoint or argument in relation to a specific area of investigation. They will be able to reflect on the efficacy of a particular approach, practice or performance, and moderate these as a consequence in order to achieve specific goals.
  • Independent investigation - students will develop the ability to plan, design and execute a highly original and significant piece of research or inquiry, either independently or as a member of a team in order to discover a specific solution to an outstanding issue or question through searching out and synthesising written, visual and oral information. Students will also develop skills of independent investigation, including interacting with peers and participants/informants.
  • Learning to learn - students will learn to reflect upon, modify and improve their learning strategies
  • Effective communication - students will develop the ability to communicate effectively, appropriately and confidently, in a range of contexts, to different audience types, and making use of a range of supporting materials
  • Awareness of and appreciation for linguistic and cultural differences - students will develop an awareness of and an appreciation for the range and nature of linguistic and cultural diversity.
  • Understanding of the nature and organisation of language - students will demonstrate detailed knowledge of observations and findings relating to various aspects of linguistic phenomena and organization.
  • Knowledge of the relationship between language and society, culture, and/or embodied experience - students will demonstrate detailed knowledge of phenomena and findings relating to the complex interdependent relationship between language, society culture and/or embodied experience.
  • Knowledge of the nature of language origins, change and use - students will demonstrate detailed knowledge phenomena and findings relating to the nature of language origins, the way language changes, and factors involved in and affecting language use.


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