Module Catalogue 2018/19

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

  • Inactive for Year: 2018/19
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Heike Pichler
  • Lecturer: Professor Karen Corrigan
  • Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
Pre Requisites
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Co Requisites
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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

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
1.       define and use correctly key terms and concepts associated with language variation research;
2.       identify, describe and illustrate key dimensions of language variation;
3.       summarise, describe, evaluate and contrast the methodologies associated with regional, social & perceptual dialectology;
4.       recognise and explain the social applications and theoretical implications of language variation research;
5.       locate and correctly reference reliable digital and non-digital resources relevant to linguistics;
6.       produce effective and convincing academic writing.

Intended Skill Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will have developed the following transferable skills:
1.       problem-solving skills (formulating researchable research questions; identifying methods suitable for addressing a variety of resaerch questions);
2.       analytical & numerical skills (identifying variation; interpreting results of dialect studies and quantitative patterns of variation);
3.       communication & writing skills (summarising and paraphrasing secondary sources; writing effectively & coherently to develop convincing arguments).

Graduate Skills Framework

Graduate Skills Framework Applicable: Yes
  • Cognitive/Intellectual Skills
    • Critical Thinking : Assessed
    • Data Synthesis : Assessed
    • Active Learning : Assessed
    • Numeracy : Present
    • Literacy : Assessed
    • Information Literacy
      • Source Materials : Assessed
      • Synthesise And Present Materials : Assessed
      • Use Of Computer Applications : Present
  • Self Management
    • Self Awareness And Reflection : Present
    • Planning and Organisation
      • Goal Setting And Action Planning : Present
      • Decision Making : Present
    • Personal Enterprise
      • Innovation And Creativity : Assessed
      • Initiative : Present
      • Independence : Present
      • Problem Solving : Assessed
  • Interaction
    • Communication
      • Oral : Present
      • Interpersonal : Present
      • Written Other : Assessed
    • Team Working
      • Collaboration : Present
      • Relationship Building : Present
      • Peer Assessment Review : Present
  • Application
    • Social Cultural Global Awareness : Assessed
    • Legal Awareness : Present

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.

Reading Lists

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.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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