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ELL102 - Language: Words and Structure

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Offering information:

Final year of offer 2017

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Hossein Shokouhi

Prerequisite:

Nil

Corequisite:

Nil

Incompatible with:

Nil

Contact hours:

1 x 1 hour Class per week, 1 x 2 hour Seminar per week

Content

Successful communication requires us to understand and produce a wide range of written texts. This unit introduces students to the ways in which written texts are constructed, both at the level of the word and sentence and at the whole text level. It looks at how written language has developed across time, and how it continues to change. It examines how words are created, borrowed, how they change and die, and how this influences the grammar of sentences and texts. Another major focus is on the clause and its types, and the sentence and its constituents. Finally, the unit discusses the concepts of discourse and discourse coherence, and styles of writing in terms of contemporary practices as well as historical and spatial variation. Through a small project, students will learn how to investigate an aspect of written language of interest and relevance to them in environments such as the workplace, an education setting, family, hobby group or various types of online communities.

Assessment

Quiz and online activity, equal 1200 words 30% 

Assignment 1800 words 45%

Final exam equal 1000 words 25%

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