Verb and Verbosity: Language
Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.
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We live in an age of communication overload, transmitting and receiving language from all directions throughout every waking hour of our lives. We use words to speak, write, text, email and tweet, we continually express ourselves through gestures and body language, and we adapt our discourse to a wide variety of contexts in thousands of subtle and complex ways. Yet we rarely pause to reflect on how language works – we rarely have the opportunity. This module will introduce students to the idea of language as an object of study, and to some of the big questions involved in such study. What is language? How do children learn language? How did Walt Disney change the way we hear regional accents? And does your cat have important things to say to you? We will investigate these questions and more through a study of familiar, everyday language – the language of magazine articles, Facebook posts, phone conversations and stand-up comedy acts – in order to understand the value and importance of language study in the modern world.
If this course interests you, you may also be interested to know that this is part of a family of courses designed to help you realise your ambition to study a degree at Cardiff University. Learn more about the Pathway to English Literature, Language or Philosophy - Inside Narratives.
Who is this course for?
This course is for anyone with an interest in language and the enthusiasm to take that interest further. It operates as part of the Inside Narratives pathway, and will equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills that will help you to study other courses in the pathway.
Learning and Teaching
This course consists of nine units divided into themes. Each unit comprises a 2-hour face-to-face session between 7pm and 9pm. These sessions will include lectures, class discussions and group-work, source analysis activities and exercises to develop your academic skills. There will also be an opportunity for learning outside of the classroom, facilitated by the university’s Virtual learning Environment, Learning Central.
Coursework and Assessment
Students will be expected to complete three pieces of assessed work: a 250-word reflective piece, a 500-word analysis of a short piece of text, and a 750-word essay. Advice and support will be provided for all three assignments and you will receive detailed feedback relating to strengths and areas for improvement on both pieces of work.
- J. Aitchison and D. Lewis (eds), New Media Language (London, 2003)
- J. Corner and J. Hawthorn (eds.), Communication Studies: An Introductory Reader (London, 1993)
- J. Thomas, Meaning in Interaction (London, 1995)
- L. Thomas, S. Wareing, I. Singh, J. Peccei, J. Thornborrow and J. Jones, Language,Society and Power: An Introduction (2nd edition) (London, 2004)
- T. Thwaites, L. Davis and W. Mules, Introducing Cultural and Media Studies: A Semiotic Approach (Basingstoke, 2002)
Library and Computing Facilities
As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website www.cf.ac.uk/learn under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on (029) 2087 0000.
Accessibility of Courses
Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.
A range of further information can be found on our web site www.cf.ac.uk/learn or in Choices. This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.