Linguistics in Action

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Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 4
Monday 13 January 2025
Friday 21 March 2025
15 April 2024


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Module description

This module provides students with a practical hands-on introduction to the way in which linguistics is used to solve real world problems.

It illustrates how knowledge about how language works – that is, linguistics – is applied in a range of different aspects of our daily lives. It provides an introduction to the use of linguistics in a range of contexts, industries and everyday scenarios.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

• To introduce students to key concepts in linguistics and how these are applied in everyday life.
• To examine domains of professional practice (e.g., in medicine, law, education, therapy) which can be improved/enhanced by the application of linguistic knowledge
• To provide students with the skills to solve real-world problems by using the resources of linguistics and language science.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module students will be expected to be able to:

1. Understand foundational concepts in linguistics and the study of language.
2. Apply linguistic concepts to a number of key areas of everyday life.
3. Adopt a problem-based approach to solving challenges through the application of linguistics.
4. Demonstrate development of critical skills and understanding of the role of linguistics in society.
5. Identify areas where linguistics could contribute to a better understanding and enhance domains of practice in the world.

Module information

Syllabus Information

* Doing linguistics: linguistics in action
* Language and technology
* Language and the media
* Language policy
* Language and law
* Talk at work
* Language and healthcare
* Case study: Google
* Case study: language learning (e.g. DuoLingo etc)
* What can I do with linguistics?

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered via: • One 2-hour seminar per week


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Portfolio    80% 
Practical   Moodle Quiz     20% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Prof Hannah Gibson, email: h.gibson@essex.ac.uk.
Professor Hannah Gibson and Dr Rebecca Clift
Prof. Hannah Gibson, h.gibson@essex.ac.uk, Office: 4.317, Number: 2204. Dr Rebecca Clift, rclift@essex.ac.uk, office: 4.332, number: 2888



External examiner

Mr Conrad Hechter Heyns
Goldsmiths, University of London
Director - Centre for Academic Language and Literacies
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information
Language and Linguistics

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