Gold CoastSession 2Session 2

Unit description

Develops foundational knowledge and skills required for analysing communication and speech and language breakdown including the application of various aspects of phonetics and linguistics. The phonetic and phonological characteristics of vowels and consonants will be investigated utilising the International Phonetic Alphabet. The formation and structure of English words, phrases, clauses and sentences will be explored along with how language is used in interactions and variations in English.

Unit content

  • Evaluation of phonetic and phonological characteristics of consonants and vowels
  • Phonemic and phonetic transcription of words and phrases using the International Phonetic Alphabet
  • Identifying and transcribing variations in stress and intonation
  • Analysis of word shapes and syllable structure
  • Morphological analysis and classification of words
  • Syntactic analysis of phrases and clauses plus coordination and subordination in sentences
  • Key features of discourse and pragmatics in both verbal and written communication
  • Variations in English

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Lecture online 1 hours (12 weeks)
In-class test15%
Listening test15%
Exam: closed book40%

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Fee information


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