• An appreciation of the centrality of discourse in all forms of social life
• Competence in text analysis including multimodal discourse
• To comprehend and put to practice why some forms or constructions are used in specific contexts/genres rather than others, and possibly generate their own hypotheses to be put to test
• Acquisition of a critical stance in language use
• Possibly, to develop skills at adapting or incorporating the discursive angle into further analyses in other fields (literature, advertising, media, film studies, etc.)
• To develop and adopt as an automatic reflex the discursive outlook in further fields of applied knowledge and practice, most notably in language learning and EFL
Course Content (Syllabus)
The focus of the course is on analysing language in its linguistic and situational context, as used by its speakers, but also on multimodality (incorporation of various forms of discourse, such as icons, pictures, logos, visual symbols, etc.). This is a direct consequence of the view that people do not just mean but act and perform in language. This course is designed to be partly theoretical and partly practical. In its theoretical part students will be acquainted with various modes of the analysis of discourse and text. In its practical component - which presupposes small classes - students are expected to develop an acute awareness of selectional issues as per genre and form their own hypotheses. Amongst other things, this course will aim at making prospective teachers of English acquire a critical stance towards reference grammars and course-books intended for the use of EFL and help them develop an awareness of the need to heed and incorporate the findings of discourse analysis in their teaching strategies and materials designing.