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SEL1029 : Language Across Space: Introduction to English Dialects (Inactive)

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module in dialectology explores key dimensions of language variation, and introduces students to the aims, data and methodologies associated with regional, social and perceptual dialectology. It sensitizes students to the societal repercussions of language variation, and examines the theoretical importance of studying language variation and change. The focus will be on exploring variation in UK and non-UK Englishes, though reference will be made to other languages throughout. In addition, this module trains students in discipline-specific study and writing skills, including: locating and referencing scholarly sources, summarising and paraphrasing the work of others, and constructing convincing arguments in linguistics.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module will cover the following:
1.       the key terms and concepts in language variation research
2.       the main frameworks for studying language variation (regional, social & perceptual dialectology)
3.       the social applications and theoretical implications of language variation research
4.       library and referencing skills
5.       academic writing skills

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion182:0082:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture91:009:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures are used, primarily, to impart information and provide an overall coherence for the module. They focus on enhancing students’ knowledge base in linguistics and develop their academic skills. Seminars are used to consolidate students’ understanding of the lecture and reading materials. They focus on developing students’ skills in assessing and comparing diverse methodological frameworks as well as their academic skills in referencing and writing. Both lectures and seminars support the preparation of the formative and summative assignments. Guided independent study is also used for the preparation and completion of assignments.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M401,200-word essay exploring the application of methodologies
Essay1A601,800-word essay answering one of a set of essay questions
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MLibrary & referencing skills exercise which must be completed or students cannot proceed to summative assignments.
Oral Presentation1MOral presentation (group-style)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The first assignment (essay 1) asks students to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in the lectures and seminars to planning their own research project (formulating research questions, deriving hypotheses from the literature, selecting appropriate data collection methods). It thus ensures that student critically engage with lecture/seminar content. The second assignment (essay 2) encourages students to explore selected module topics in greater depth, and provides them with the opportunity to showcase the academic writing skills developed in this module.

Reading Lists