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Foundations of Language 1

Modules overview

LI1001 and LI1002 are designed as introductions to the study of Linguistics. We don't assume you speak foreign languages or have any previous knowledge of Linguistics - but if you do, that's a bonus. The modules only consider English.

We look at three different areas of Linguistics each semester so it is possible to take either module without having taken the other. The lectures and tutorials are interactive and students are encouraged to participate actively.

Reading and resource lists

If you would like to learn more about the texts and resources used on the modules, see the University Library's online lists for LI1001 and LI1002.

Class hour 14:00 (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday)
Location Lecture venue to be confirmed, tutorials are generally held in English Language Teaching (ELT)
Credits 20

The overall aim of LI1001  and LI1002 is to give students an overview of how language, and in particular English, works.

The three components of LI1001 are Structure of Sentences, which considers how English grammar works; Words and Meanings, which analyses how words are formed and meaning is created; and Sounds in Language, which discusses the sounds we make and how we make and write them. By the end of the module, you will be expected to:

  • have an overall understanding of English grammar and how it is used in the 21st century
  • have an overall understanding of the English sound system and how it can be displayed in writing
  • have an overview of  the origin, formation and use of English words in the 21st century.

The three components of LI1002 are Language and Society, which considers the ways in which we adapt language in different situations; Language and the Mind, which discusseshow language is acquired, processed and stored; andLanguage and Teaching, whichlooks at language teaching approaches and methods. By the end of the module, you will be expected to:

  • have an overall understanding of how users adapt their language to make it appropriate to their needs and their environment.
  • have an overall understanding of the nature of human language and the ways in which it differs from other forms of communication; of the processes whereby language is acquired, processed and stored,  and have considered some of the implications that these may have for language teaching and for social interactions.
  • have an understanding of the many different methods of teaching languages and then a more detailed understanding of how the Communicative Approach encourages students to develop their language. 

It is very important that while you study at university, you learn skills which will not only benefit your future studies but also your future careers. These modules can provide a better understanding of how English works. As a result, you should be able to use English more effectively to your advantage in a variety of situations.

Transferable skills gained through studying these modules include

  • oral presentation skills
  • discussion skills
  • critical thinking skills
  • analytical skills
  • the ability to apply theory to practical situations
  • an awareness of cultures
  • an awareness of their own learning strategies and those of others
  • evaluation skills
  • the ability to consider the needs of others

On both modules, coursework is 50% of the final grade and the exam at the end of the semester is 50%. We use a variety of different types of coursework assessment such class tests,  group poster presentation, text analysis and guided essays. Examples of past exam papers are available online once a student has enrolled in the module.

Contact us

Module Co-ordinator

Lesley Thirkell
Tel: 01334 462263
Email: lt@st-andrews.ac.uk


See also

Academic English
English as a Foreign Language