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ALC8024 : Language Awareness

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Elaine Lopez
  • Owning School: Education, Communication & Language Sci
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The purpose of this module is to give students a thorough understanding of the key systems (lexis, grammar, morphology, phonetics and phonology, pragmatics) of the English language and to develop their understanding and use of appropriate metalanguage. This is viewed as the ‘core knowledge’ that any English language teacher needs in order to perform their role. Specific aims include:

-       To enable students to use the terminology and technical language of the discipline (TESOL).
-       To help students to identify the particular problems that language learners may have with each system.
-       To equip students with the skills needed to analyse language for teaching purposes.
-       To give students a detailed understanding of specific language systems.

Outline Of Syllabus

1. Introduction to the module inc. assessment. Introduction to meta-language
2. English Phonetics
3. Introduction to Phonology
4. Morphology: word structure
5. The word. Lexical and grammatical word classes
6. Semantics. Introduction to lexical meaning
7. Grammar and syntax I
8. Grammar and syntax II
9. Introduction to pragmatics
10. Implications for language teaching
11. Drop-in session (assignment support)

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:0050:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:0010:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials81:008:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading130:0030:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities60:303:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion60:303:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study186:0086:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures and lecture materials provide an introduction to the weekly content, establish a basic level of understanding of the topic, provide opportunities for discussion, and signal areas for individual further study and essential and further reading.

Seminars offer an opportunity for further exploration, discussion, and personal reflection, through small group activities. Seminar activities are often linked to post-lecture reading.

Structured Guided Learning activities provide students with weekly opportunities to consolidate learning through guided tasks linked to the weekly topic.

Independent study will enable wider reading, further personal self-reflection and assignment preparation.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Reflective log1M40Reflect on diffculty they/their learners had with particular language system,including e.g & supported by literature - 1,500 words
Essay1A602000 word analysis of a set text with reference to the literature, to assess overall learning on module
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Prob solv exercises1MThese will be weekly short 'homework' tasks to accompany the seminars and to prepare students for language analysis.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Language awareness is a subject which requires both theoretical knowledge and practical analytical skills, which is the rationale for having two assignments. The first assignment is based on theory, and students will be required to refer to the literature. The second assignment is more practical, and requires an advanced understanding of the theory in order for students to justify their analysis. Students will have an opportunity to prepare for the first assessment through their background (required) reading and for the second assessment through guided study and by completing short written homework exercises (non-assessed) throughout the module.

Reading Lists