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Department: Master of Education
Module Description: This module covers aspects of written and spoken discourse, with an emphasis on issues which are of interest to language teachers. These include: observing and describing classroom language, assessing student interaction. The module develops a linguistic approach to the study of discourse and shows how this can sharpen our awareness of spoken and written interaction. The module considers the problems of introducing and handling a range of spontaneous discourses in the classroom. It considers the difference between form and function in language and examines the role of pragmatics in conversation, particularly in a cross-cultural setting. It thus allows teachers to reflect on how they use language in the classroom and how such issues are dealt with in teaching. It also considers how the research techniques of Discourse Analysis and Conversational Analysis can provide insights into the classroom. In the analysis of written texts, the module explores the different rhetorical devices used in writing in English and Arabic, and different written styles in English. It examines micro-analysis of issues of cohesion and coherence in texts as well as the macro organization of texts as genres. It also introduces students to Critical Discourse Analysis and critical literacy as a way of approaching the presentation of written texts in the classroom.
Key ingicative readings
- Baker, P. (2009). Contemporary corpus linguistics. UK:Thoemmes.
- Baker, P. & Ellece, S. (2011). Key terms in discourse analysis. London : Continuum
- Brown, A. (2005). Sounds symbols and spellings. USA: McGraw hill higher education
- Griffiths, P. (2009). Language in use. UK: Routledge
- Paltridge, B. (2011). Discourse analysis: an introduction. London: Continuum.
- Schiffrin, D & Ta, D. (eds.). (2001). The handbook of discourse analysis. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.
- Thornbury, S. (1997) About Language. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
- Vandelanotte, L. (2009). Speech and Thought Representation in English. Germany:Mouton deGruyter
- Adolphs, S. (2006). Introduction to electronic text analysis: a practical guide for language and literary studies. Routledge.
- Benati, A. (2009). Issues in second language proficiency. UK:Continuum.
- Blommaert, J. (2004). Discourse: a critical introduction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Brazil D. (1997). The communicative value of intonation in English. Cambridge: CUP.
- Bruce, I., (2008). Academic writing and genre. UK:Thoemmes.
- Cameron, D. (2001). Working with spoken discourse. London : Sage.
- Cutting, J. (2008). Pragmatics and discourse: a handbook for students. 2nd edn. New York: Routledge.
- Turnbull, M. and Dailey-O'Cain, J. (2009). First language use in second and foreign language learning. London: Multilingual Matters.
- Foster P. (1998). A classroom perspective on the negotiation of meaning. Applied Linguistics, vol.19, pp. 1-23. Request item
- Gentner, D. and Goldin-Meadow, S. (2003). Language in mind: advances in the study of language and thought. Boston, MA: The MIT Press.
- Hatch, E. (1992). Discourse and language education. Cambridge: CUP.
- Hoey, M.P. (2001) Textual interaction: an introduction to written discourse analysis. London: Routledge.
- Hyland, K. (2005). Metadiscourse. Continuum.
- Jarvis, J. and Robinson, M. (1997). Analysing educational discourse: an exploratory study of teacher response and support to pupils’ learning. Applied Linguistics, vol. 97, pp. 212-228. Request this item
- Jones, R. (2012). Discourse analysis: a resource book for students. London: Routledge.
- Kennedy, J. (1996). Classroom explanatory discourse: a look at how teachers explain things to their students. Language Awareness, vol. 5, pp. 26-39. Request this item
- Klapproth, D.M. (2004). Narrative as social practice: Anglo-Western and Australian aboriginal oral traditions. Mouton de Gruyter.
- Levinson, S. (1983). Pragmatics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Lillis, T & McKinney, C. (2003). Analysing language in context: a student workbook. Milton Keynes: Open University Press.
- Machin, D. and Mayr, A. (2012). How to do critical discourse analysis: a multimodal introduction. London: Sage.
- O’Halloran, K.L. (2004). Multimodal discourse analysis. London: Continuum.
- Paltridge, B. (2012). Discourse analysis: an introduction. London: Continuum.
- Seedhouse, P. (1999). Task-based interaction. ELTJ, vol. 53, pp. 149-156. Request this item
- Swales, J. (1990). Genre analysis: English in academic and research settings. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Swales, J. M. & Freak, C.B. (2004). Commentary for academic writing for graduate students: essential tasks and skills. Michigan: The University of Michigan Press.
- Tadros, A. (1994). ‘Predictive categories in expository text’, in M. Coulthard (ed.) Advances in written text analysis, pp. 69-82. London: Routledge.
- Teubert, W. (2010). Meaning, discourse and society. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Weiss, G. & Wodak, R. (2004). Critical discourse analysis: theory and interdisciplinarity. Palgrave Macmillan.
- Widdowson, H. G. (2004). Text, context, pretext: critical issues in discourse analysis. Blackwell Publishing.
- William, G. (2009). Reading a Second Language. UK:Cambridge University Press.
- Wood, L. A. and Kroger, R. O. (2000). Doing discourse analysis: methods for studying action in talk and text. Sage Publications.
- Wooff, R. (2005). Conversation analysis and discourse analysis: a comparative and critical introduction. London : Sage.
- Yule, G. (2017. The study of language. 6th edn. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.