Language Education: Functional Grammar

Subject 483-626 (2009)

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Credit Points: 25.00
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Parkville campus

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Assoc Prof Kristina Love
Subject Overview: A study of systemic functional linguistic approaches to the study of English grammar and discourse, as these are relevant to the development of an educational linguistics. Topics include: a brief review of the history of the emergence of the theory, and of its particular claims to contribute to language and learning theory, as well as educational theory more generally; notions of three metafunctions in language, and of the ways in which each of the three metafunctions is said to contribute to the construction of meaning in language; notions of discourse and of the resources with which language builds different texts, both spoken and written; differences between spoken and written language, and the important consequences of these differences for teaching both oral language and literacy in schools.
Assessment: An analysis of 3,000 words of two sample texts, demonstrating familiarity with the principles of linguistic analysis taught (30 per cent); and a substantial assignment of 5,000 words, involving both detailed analysis and interpretation of a sample of texts, spoken and written, and an evaluation of the relevance of the analysis and interpretation for educational purposes (70 per cent).
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts: Eggins, S. Introduction to Systemic Functional Linguistics (2nd edn) Pinter 2005;

Droga, L. & Humphrey, S. Getting Started with Functional Grammar, Target Texts, 2002

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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