module specification

LN7006 - Linguistics and Language Teaching: the Description of Language and its Pedagogic Applications (2020/21)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2020/21
Module title Linguistics and Language Teaching: the Description of Language and its Pedagogic Applications
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 20
School Guildhall School of Business and Law
Total study hours 200
200 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Oral Examination 40%   Oral Presentation: analysis and evaluation of a language test
Coursework 60%   Essay-type course work
Running in 2020/21
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester LMET Distance Learning Not applicable -
Autumn semester North Wednesday Afternoon

Module summary

Students are encouraged to develop a general understanding of a range of different areas of linguistics, and to develop critical awareness and in-depth knowledge and understanding of at least two areas of linguistics. By examining the core concepts and theoretical principles of language and linguistics, students will be able to relate these to language teaching and learning.
This module aims to

• Introduce the technical terminology of linguistics and demonstrate how language awareness and knowledge of linguistics can help teachers in their language teaching

• Develop students’ critical language awareness, deepen their knowledge of different areas of linguistics, and expand their disciplinary understanding so as to enhance their practice


The module will cover areas such as:

An introduction to linguistics and its role in language teaching; Critical language awareness; Language typology; Phonetics & Phonology; Morphology; Lexicon & Lexical Approach; Pragmatics; Syntax; Morphosyntax; Corpora in language teaching. ALL LO'S

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Students will have access to a dedicated module site where they will find learning activities and online forums. They will have access to the university library website and make use of electronic journals, ebooks, databases and full text journals. Support for developing and improving IT skills as well as information on other web based study support, is available on the library website. Students will have a nominated tutor who will support and guide them through the module and who they can consult by email, telephone or Skype.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

• Describe and analyse language in terms of its principal components
• Relate core areas of theoretical linguistics to the field of language teaching at an appropriately postgraduate level
• Apply their language awareness and linguistic knowledge to identify and comment upon classroom problems
Demonstrate an understanding of current debates in linguistics and language teaching

Assessment strategy

There are two assessments:
• a 12-minute individual presentation
The presentation can be submitted either as a sound file or as a video file.

• 2000-2500 word coursework.
This is based on
(1) an examination of and response to a disciplinary debate in the area
(2) to provide a technical description, comparison and contrast for a language with which they are familiar with that of English
(3) discourse analysis: a conversation between two/more native-speakers of English.

This is submitted on WebLearn.


Aijmer, K. (2009). Corpora and language teaching. Amsterdam: Benjamins Bardovi
Blakemore, D (1992): Understanding Utterances: an Introduction to Pragmatics. Blackwell.
Cameron, D (2001): Working With Spoken Discourse. Sage Publications, London.
Carter, R & McCarthy, M (1997): Exploring Spoken English. Cambridge University Press.
Finch, G (2003): How to Study Linguistics: a Guide to Understanding Language. Palgrave Macmillan. (2nd edn.)
Fromkin, V & Rodman, R (1998): An Introduction to Language. Harcourt Brace College Publishers. (6th edn.)
Graddol, D, J Cheshire & J Swann (1994): Describing Language. OUP.
Hinkel, E & Fotos, S (eds) (2002): New Perspectives on Grammar Teaching in Second Language Classrooms. Erlbaum Associates.
Pennington, M C (1996): Phonology in English Language Teaching: an International Approach. Addison Wesley Longman.
Roach, P (2000): English Phonetics and Phonology: a practical course. Cambridge University Press.
Schmitt, N (2000): Vocabulary in Language Teaching. Cambridge University Press.
Trask, R L (1997): A Student’s Dictionary of Language and Linguistics. Arnold.
Trask, R L (1999): Language: The Basics. Routledge. (2nd edn.)
Wardhaugh, R (1995): Understanding English Grammar: a Linguistic Approach. Blackwell.
Widdowson, H G (1996): Linguistics. Oxford University Press.
Yule, G (2016): The Study of Language.  Cambridge University Press. (6th edn.)

Online Resources:
Aarts & McMahon (2006): The Handbook of English linguistics
Coulthard & Johnson (2010). The Routledge handbook of forensic linguistics
O’Keeffe & MacCarthy (2010). The Routledge handbook of corpus linguistics
O’Keefe, A., McCarthy, M. & Carter, R. (2007). From Corpus to Classroom
Wray (2006). Projects in linguistics

ELT Journal
International Journal of Applied Linguistics
Journal of Applied Linguistics
Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics
The Modern Language Journal
Journal of Language Teaching and Research
Language Learning Journal
Language & Linguistics
Linguistics & Education
Journal of Pragmatics
TESOL Journal
Journal of Language Teaching
The Linguistics Journal