ALT8107 : Discourse Analysis for English Language Teachers

  • Offered for Year: 2013/14
  • Module Leader(s): Prof. Steve Walsh
  • Owning School: Education, Communication & Language Sci
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


-       To provide students with an opportunity to gain an introduction to discourse analysis
-       To give students an opportunity to use discourse-based approaches in their teaching
-       To evaluate alternative approaches to studying language using a discourse-based approach
-       To enable students to use discourse analysis to support language learning

This module offers M-Level and IPHD students an opportunity to gain familiarity with discourse analytic approaches to analysing language for teaching purposes. It offers both a theoretical and practical understanding of the key concepts associated with discourse analysis, focusing especially, but not exclusively, on spoken discourse. The module explains how discourse analysis is essential for effective language teaching and learning, and gets learners to think beyond the level of sentence. In addition, students will learn how to make use of spoken and written texts in their teaching and how to analyze their own discourse in the context of classroom discourse.

Outline Of Syllabus

-       What is discourse?
-       Cohesion and coherence
-       Spoken and written texts
-       Approaches to analyzing discourse
-       Exchange structure
-       Conversation analysis
-       Textual structure
-       Genre in written texts
-       Teaching and learning as discourse
-       Understanding classroom discourse

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:3018:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading160:0060:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:3018:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity120:0020:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study144:0044:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

‘Lectures’ will provide students with an overview of some of the more theoretical aspects of the module and also allow more ‘hands on’ workshop-type learning activities. The aim is to promote a discursive and dialogic type of learning environment in which learners exchange ideas and experiences under the guidance of the main tutor. The two tutorial sessions will be offered around the times of the assignment to provide additional learning support. In addition, students will have an opportunity to discuss their work, reflections on the module and their own professional development through electronic learning support such as email and Blackboard.

      A range of teaching and learning approaches will be used, viz:

                  Tutor input - whole group;
                  Groupwork and small group discussion;
                  Input by individual students (short presentations)
                  Independent learning through reading and personal research;
                  Completion of coursework assignment.

Normally, students taking this module are expected to attend a minimum of 80% of the lectures and tutorials. If you are unable to attend a particular session, please let me know

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M80Data Analysis (about 3,000 words)
Prof skill assessmnt2M20Presentation
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessment is designed to cover both the theoretical and practical aspects of the module and allow students an opportunity to demonstrate both new knowledge and new skills as applied to their own educational context.

Reading Lists