English Language in the media

The details
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 18 December 2020
16 May 2020


Requisites for this module
LG110 and LG111 and LG114
LG211 and LG218
LG110 and LG111 and LG114 and LG211 and LG218



Key module for

BA QP10 English Language with Media Communication,
BA QP11 English Language with Media Communication (Including Year Abroad),
BA QP12 English Language with Media Communication (Including Placement Year)

Module description

This module explores the ways in which language is used for different purposes within and across a range of mass and social media. In the module we examine how language is used in such contexts as electronically-mediated communication (EMC), political speeches, interviews and the mass media more broadly to explore questions such as how do people make use of social media to construct identities for themselves; how are media used to disseminate political messages and how public figures are held to account through the media; and how are language attitudes and ideologies related to notions of correctness/standardness and nationalism? Throughout the module we will focus on language at the micro and macro level and we will discuss topics such as language and power, language and identity, and language and ideology. The module will present different linguistic tools and techniques for approaching and analysing language use in different media.

Module aims

This module aims to introduce you to tools and techniques for understanding how language is used in and across a range of different media to achieve different sociocultural aims and objectives. The module will raise your awareness to different ways in which individuals make use of language in media as well as how language use and change is shaped and influenced in and through media. The module aims to provide you with opportunities to identify, document, and analyse common types of language use, change, variation and standardisation occurring in different media.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module you should be able to:

a) critically discuss how language is used across a range of media
b) evaluate different media texts using a range of linguistic tools and techniques
c) identify how identities and language ideologies are promoted and/or challenged through media
d) apply a basic understanding of socio-linguistic perspectives and principles on language use, change and variation, including language attitudes and ideologies, to media

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

2 hour per week. Confirmed details will be announced at the start of the academic year. All materials for the module will be uploaded in advance on Moodle.



Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Project    80% 
Practical   Group Presentation    20% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Tracey Costley, email: tcostley@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Tracey Costley, Dr Ella Jefferies, Rebecca Clift, Prof Peter Patrick
Dr Tracey Costley, Office: 4.127, Telephone: 2227, Email: tcostley@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information
Language and Linguistics

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