ELT5331 - English Language and Culture (English for Social Networking & Technology) 10 CREDITS

What is ‘English for Social Networking'?

English Language and Culture (English for Social Networking & Technology) explores social and cultural practices in online and digital spaces with a focus on language development. It looks at how different social media, web-based and mobile technologies, are used as communication spaces to create interactive dialogue. With the aim of developing language skills, students are introduced to different digital practices and will acquire a range of transferable skills.

The module will be working towards the outcomes of:

-the linguistic study of the genres associated with social networking.
-the encouragement of language learning through the themes and issues raised in the use of social media and how they can be used for language learning and practise.
-to facilitate the improvement of discussion, digital literacy and online writing skills.
-to investigate, present and discuss a specific area of technological and linguistic interest of each student.
-to extend the range of vocabulary, genre and structure of English, in particular in the area of issues and themes raised in social networking practices, together with the language used in the various digital genres.

Who is it for?

You should be an ERASMUS, Study Abroad or Visiting Student student whose first language is not English. However, you should have an English level of at least 6.0 in IELTS, CAE (C), TOEFL IBT 91, CEF low C1 or equivalent. Those without a current language level score in a recognised exam can be given a placement test from the English Language Teaching Centre. Priority for places will be given to those students who have English as a major subject in their home institution.

What does it involve?

The course takes place face-to-face and is open to anyone interested in social networking practices. While it focuses on web-based and mobile technologies, there is an interactive approach in sessions.  This course is paper free; laptops are provided for use within the sessions. Tasks are innovative and seek to develop language through a critical look at how social media are used today, and also seeks to develop your skills in researching while undertaking a language related project.

When can I take it?

The module can be taken in semester two. There will be 12 classes of 2 hours each.

How is it assessed?

The assessment has three parts:

1) Written Assessment (50%) - You will complete a range of tasks which involve writing using different genres in the context of blogs, wiki, Twitter, infographics etc. consisting of a total of  around 1500 words.
2) Speaking Assessment (40%) - You will prepare and record group and individual presentations using different media and applications.
3) Participation and Contribution (10%) - In online social spaces used by the group.

Please note: apart from these formal assessments, students will be expected to spend some time outside class reading and answering questions in preparation for class-work.