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Language And Communication (Module)

Module description

Language and Communication is one of the foundational, compulsory first year modules in the BA English Language and Linguistics degree. Language is so central to our everyday existence that we hardly notice it – it serves its purposes and we get on with our lives. But in fact language influences our lives in many different ways: as we fail to communicate; as we deal with a range of styles of language used by people in different walks of life; as we use language in a multi-ethnic society; and as we study and learn through the medium of language. In this module, we will look at the many functions with which language is used in discourse, and the use of non-verbal communication, as well as the ways in which humans are distinguished from other animal species in how well they use language.

*Please note that although all module information is correct for the 2020/21 academic year, it is subject to change for subsequent academic years.

Staff information

Dr Lavanya Sankaran

Teaching pattern

Not applicable

Module assessment - more information

  • 1,500 word essay (50%)
  • 1,500 word essay (50%) 

Key information

Module code 4SSEL008

Credit level 4

Assessment coursework

Credit value 15

Semester Semester 1 (autumn)

Study abroad module No