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ET9B1 - Approaches to Written Discourse

  • Module code: ET9B1
  • Module name: Approaches to Written Discourse
  • Department: Centre for Applied Linguistics
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The module aims to teach students to understand, critically evaluate, and use a wide range of contemporary approaches suitable for the analysis of written discourse (in the broad sense) as linked to social setting, and to understand the pedagogic implications of such analyses.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to use a wide range of complex language-analytical frameworks and models; independently use relevant specialist software to assist with extended lexical, grammatical and textual analysis; select, evaluate and use appropriate conceptual frameworks for analysing different text types; understand ‘written’ and ‘spoken’ language as a continuum, in order to interpret and explain the often hybrid nature of texts in social settings; be able to articulate pedagogic implications of the processes and results of text analysis; use their knowledge and self-directed skills in language analysis to support their work in subsequent modules and in their dissertation.

Timetabled teaching activities

16 x 1 hour lectures (i.e. two separate lectures per week), 8 x 1 hour seminars (i.e. one seminar per week)

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Other essential notes

15 credits

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: ET9B1-15)
A (Assessed work only) 3000 word written assignment 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • Postgraduate Taught TESOL (X9PR) - Year 1
Optional Core


  • Postgraduate Social Science Research (L98A) - Year 1