GLOBAL DIVERSITY IN LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION - 2017/8

Module code: CMCM013

Module provider

School of Literature and Languages

Module Leader

BOND O Dr (Lit & Langs)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

15

Framework

FHEQ Level 7

JACs code

Q300

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework 3000 WORD ESSAY 100%

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None.

Module overview

This module, which assumes no prior knowledge of languages other than English, is intended to give students an insight into the diversity of human communication systems found throughout the world. In order to understand how language works, we need to examine the variety of systems to be found, some of which differ drastically from what we know and what we might expect.

Module aims

The defining characteristics of our major mode of communication, namely language

Data from linguistic systems which differ radically from those with which they are already familiar

The diversity of human language from a social, linguistic and cognitive perspective

The module aims to develop and strengthen students' skills in using different types of data to understand a field of inquiry

Critical thinking about the types of evidence that can be used to support a scientific argument;

Oral and written communication

Independent work and group work in seminars;

Time management through essay submission and revision planning

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Analyse the outcomes of scientific experiments and case studies from linguistics within their historical and cultural context C
Understand the different types of data and empirical methodologies used to study human languages K
Identify which factors (cultural, cognitive, linguistic) that contribute to the way in which different languages or linguistic structures are used in different social contexts K
Formulate, defend and sustain arguments in both written and oral form T
Work independently and as part of a seminar group T
Plan and implement timetables for essay deadlines and exam revision P
Conduct independent research for written work in an organized and critical fashion P
Present ideas and analysis coherently while under time constraint P

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:


the distinctive properties of animal and human communication
the similarities and differences between signed languages and spoken languages
regional and social language variation
multilingualism and codeswitching
pidgins and creole languages
the development of lingua francas
language endangerment
differences in colour and spatial categorisation across languages 

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to deliver subject knowledge, to develop cognitive/analytical skills, and to develop in-depth transferable, practical and professional skills. Specifically, the weekly lectures deliver subject knowledge related to linguistic diversity and develop cognitive/analytical skills in interpreting the outcomes of scientific experiments and case studies from linguistics within their historical and cultural context. The weekly seminars offer student-led discussions that develop skills in formulating arguments, presenting ideas and analysis coherently while under a time constraint, and working as part of a group.

 

This relates to the general programme goals which are designed to further develop students’ analytical and rhetorical skills. As this is a research-led module, there is strong emphasis on developing students’ knowledge of critical and theoretical discourses.

 

The learning and teaching methods include:


1-hour lecture per week x 11 weeks
1-hour seminar per week x 11 weeks

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate achievement of the module learning outcomes.

 

Seminar discussion with ongoing tutor feedback is designed mainly to assess transferable skills in working independently as well as part of a group and to develop skills in formulating, defending and sustaining arguments.

 

The essay assess subject knowledge in (i) the different types of data and empirical methodologies used to study human languages and (ii) the factors that contribute to the way in which different languages or linguistic structures are used in different social contexts. They also assess cognitive/analytical skills in evaluating the outcomes of scientific experiments and case studies from linguistics within their historical and cultural context.

 

The essay further assesses professional/practical skills, namely the ability to conduct research for written work in an organized and critical fashion.

 

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


3000-word essay (deadline in Week 11)


 

 

Formative assessment and feedback


Seminar discussion with ongoing tutor feedback in seminars


 

The deadline for the essay is normally in Week 11. Students receive verbal feedback on essay plans before submitting their essay. Students receive feedback in tutorials that informs the final summative assessment, i.e. the essay.

Reading list

Reading list for GLOBAL DIVERSITY IN LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/cmcm013

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.