Puzzling it Out: Understanding Language
Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.
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Have you ever experienced a moment like this? ‘I know you think you understand what you thought I said but I’m not sure you realise that what you heard is not what I meant’. As this quote illustrates, the processes involved in understanding what people say are complex; we have to be able to deal with all kinds of information at the same time. In this module, we will break this information down and consider some aspects of what speakers do when they are understanding and using language. We will look at some of the key areas to do with the crucial bits of information (both linguistic and non-linguistic) that we rely on in daily life to make ourselves understood and to understand what is being said. We will draw on real-life examples of language in use (from the radio, TV, magazines, blogs and so on) to examine how we manage to navigate the unpredictable seas of human language and communication without finding ourselves stranded too often.
Who is this course for?
This course is for anyone with an interest in language and communication 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 three units divided into themes. Each unit comprises a 6-hour face-to-face session between 10 am and 4 pm. 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 two pieces of assessed work amounting to about 1500 words. Advice and support will be provided for both assignments and you will receive detailed feedback relating to strengths and areas for improvement on both pieces of work.
- Aitchison, J. (1994). Words in the mind. UK: Blackwell. (selected chapters)
- Brown, G. (1995). Speakers, listeners and communication. Cambridge: CUP (selected chapters)
- Crystal, D. (2006). Words, Words, Words. Oxford. OUP (selected chapters)
- Renkema, J (2004). Discourse studies: An introductory textbook. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins (selected chapters)
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.