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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Introduction to the Study of Language 1
Module Code LC150
School SALIS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Lucia Pintado
Semester 2: Lucia Pintado
Autumn: Lucia Pintado
Module TeachersRyoko Sasamoto
Lucia Pintado
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only
Students will be required to submit a project based on coursework completed throughout the semester.

This module aims to introduce students to some key areas in the study of language, enabling them to develop the skills and knowledge required of students of languages and linguistics. It will provide an introduction to language and the brain, and how language and culture can influence thought. Students will also learn about parts of speech, morphology, and the sounds of English. They will subsequently learn about the processes involved in language acquisition, including some key theories and debates. Finally, this module will introduce students to some contemporary issues in the study of language and society, such as gender, identity, and regional variation, enabling them to apply their knowledge to real world contexts.

Learning Outcomes

1. Explain key concepts and theories relating to the study of language
2. Isolate parts of speech and analyse the morphology of English phrases
3. Read and write simple English phrases using the phonetic alphabet
4. Explain and apply key processes and theories relating to language acquisition
5. Produce a group project on language and society

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture15Lectures/tutorials: Pre-recorded lectures; live tutorials; consultation sessions with instructo
Directed learning30Assigned reading; completion of online activities; engaging with various multimedia.
Online activity20Online quizzes: Preparation for and completion of online quizzes
Group work50Preparation of group projects; collaboration and communication with group members
Independent Study10Supplementary reading; engagement with linguistics blogs and websites
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Indicative Content and Assessment
Students will participate in interactive online tutorials and consultations where they will engage in activities related to the course material and assessment, work in small groups, and discuss the topics with the instructor and with each other. They will be assigned reading regularly, and will watch pre-recorded lectures on the module topics. The instructor will also provide additional multimedia, such as videos and links to relevant sites in order to enable students to apply their knowledge to ‘real world’ contexts. Students will be assessed through online quizzes and group projects. Quizzes will engage students on a regular basis, assessing their understanding of various concepts relating to the study of language. Group projects will enable them to further develop skills such as teamwork and time management, all the while deepening their understanding of linguistic concepts and observable language phenomena. Group project one will see the students design a brochure for a linguistics course, enabling them to demonstrate their understanding of various linguistics topics. The second group project will involve students presenting a VoiceThread presentation on a subject relating to language and society, drawing on their own experiences of real-world linguistic phenomena.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Group project Group project40%Once per semester
Loop Quiz4 x Loop quizzes completed at various intervals throughout the semester20%n/a
Group project Group project40%Once per semester
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Yule, George: 2019, The Study of Language, 7th, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge,
Other Resources

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Date of Last Revision19-JAN-10

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