Component

MA Public Opinion and Political Behaviour
MA Chinese-English Translation and Professional Practice options

Year 1, Component 03

LA873-7-AU or LA892-7-AU or LG option from list
LA873-7-AU
Technologies of Translation
(15 CREDITS)

Want hands-on experience of the key technologies that aid translation today? Become a confident user of CAT (computer aided translation) in the translation environment. Practice and develop your translation and editing skills via our practical workshops, so that you are familiar with all stages of the translation process.

LA892-7-AU
Advanced Consecutive Interpreting
(15 CREDITS)

Want to polish your abilities to interpret between Chinese and English? Need further preparation for professional work or exams? Undertake practical activities and tasks so that you produce accurate and concise interpretations. Take part in a mock conference, to improve your interpretation skills and receive feedback on your presentation abilities. As part of this module, you have the opportunity to undertake an interpreting internship. You may incur associated travel costs to London from Colchester.

LG462-7-AU
Topics in Psycholinguistics
(15 CREDITS)

Why do speakers of English initially think that sentences like “The horse raced past the barn fell” are ungrammatical? Why are sentences like “The mouse the cat chased stole the cheese” more difficult to understand than “The mouse stole the cheese and the cat chased the mouse”? Learn about the principles of sentence and discourse processing that guide language understanding. Conduct experiments testing how speakers respond to structurally different types of sentences.

LG470-7-AU
Introduction to embedding sustainability in TEFL / TESOL
(15 CREDITS)

The United Nations states that by 2030 ‘…all learners acquire knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development…through education for sustainable development…’ (UN, 2015, p.21). The purpose of this module is to explore the relevance of education for sustainable development (ESD) and the sustainable development goals (SDGs) for English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teaching and learning. The module will explore the issues that inform the embedding of sustainability in EFL teaching to a diversity of learners in local, national, regional and global contexts. It is structured to enable you to develop an understanding of ESD, the sustainable development goals, and the key cognitive, behavioural, and socio-emotional competencies required for embedding sustainability into EFL teaching and learning.

LG476-7-AU
Semantics and Philosophy of Language
(15 CREDITS)

What do you know about semantics? Wish to understand this key component of modern linguistics? Study formal semantics, working on examples and exercises that use logic in the analysis of natural language semantics. Examine the main topics on word and sentence meaning in contemporary semantics.

LG512-7-AU
Description of Language for TEFL/ELT and Applied Linguistics
(0 CREDITS)

How do you respond to learner questions about language? What do you understand about the nature of language? Build the linguistic vocabulary and analytical tools needed to talk about the English language effectively and accurately in second language learner classrooms.

LG514-7-AU
Syntax
(15 CREDITS)

What are the main phenomena of syntax and how can we describe and explain them? Study the properties of syntactic categories, subjects, complements and adjuncts, raising and control sentences, and long distance dependencies. Learn the importance of precise and explicit descriptions, of dealing with the full range of relevant data, and of accommodating different kinds of languages.

LG522-7-AU
Language Learning and Teaching
(15 CREDITS)

The purpose of this module is to introduce you to the main approaches and methods used in English Language Teaching (ELT). You will study the different theoretical and historical contexts of language teaching and look at how these different approaches and methods have shaped pedagogy, practice and course design. You will explore key aspects of teacher development such as professional identity, teacher language and teacher psychology and look at the different ways in which these influence and shape teaching practice.

LG532-7-AU
Sociolinguistic Theory
(15 CREDITS)

How does language change over time, vary across communities, and what do social alignments help explain about language variation and change? Explore the relationship between sociolinguistic theories and social groupings. Examine current sociolinguistic debates regarding language variation and change.

LG541-7-AU
Language Learning Across the Lifespan
(15 CREDITS)

We will look at theories of language learning that broadly take a usage-based perspective and compare and contrast these with more traditional formalist approaches in order to highlight changes and new points of emphasis in current theorising in the field. We will consider the role of explicit (conscious) and implicit (non-conscious) knowledge and processes in additional language learning and how these interact with characteristics of the individual learner, the learning context, and the linguistic input that constitutes the learning target. Importantly, we will look at the influence of these factors across the lifespan to pinpoint if and how language development differs in children, younger adults and older adults. We will capture current research trends that move beyond the traditional sample population of educated young adults and include hitherto under-researched groups such as third-age learners and low-educated learners.

LG621-7-AU
Language in Context: From Pragmatics to Conversation Analysis
(15 CREDITS)

The aim of this module is to develop your understanding of the theoretical foundations of pragmatics and conversation analysis. You will be introduced to the study of meaning and explore how what is said is not necessarily what is meant, by investigating aspects of utterance interpretation and of language use. By the end of the module, you will be familiar with a range of issues and debates in contemporary pragmatics and be able to apply your knowledge of these to a variety of problems in the investigation of language use in interaction.

LG622-7-AU
Teaching, Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking in TEFL/TESOL
(15 CREDITS)

The module aims to explore some of the different ways in which theories have shaped and informed the different approaches to the teaching of reading and writing in English Language Teaching (ELT). By studying these ideas you will deepen your understanding of the different ways in which reading and writing is understood and conceptualised, and give you a theoretical platform from which to consider, and reflect upon, your own experiences and approaches to teaching reading and writing.

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