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ELL102 - Language: Words and Structure

Unit details

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Year2014 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:H Shokouhi




Incompatible with: ALG120
Contact hours: 3 hours per week


This unit is course grouped to the Bachelor of Arts (including D347), and discipline units in E359.


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.


Analysis of written text (2400 words, 60%)

Quiz (10%) (400 words equivalent)

Examination – Final Exam (30%) (1200 words equivalent)

Unit Fee Information

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