This course develops your research skills and your awareness of language use in society. All key approaches to text analysis will be reviewed to give you a broad perspective, which you can apply to a range of disciplinary contexts including applied linguistics, translation and interpretation, media and communication studies and narrative analysis. You will develop your critical thinking about how language use reflects and shapes our world and discuss social phenomena (e.g. equality, social justice, representation of asylum seekers, etc.) through text analysis. You will also learn about how speakers make choices to perform their identity, co-operate and express politeness in conversations and narrate past events. In terms of written texts, you will study cohesion and coherence in academic writing, and this will help you be a better writer. For your projects, you will be free to choose from a broad range of text types including newspapers, translation/interpreting texts, academic texts, natural conversations and social media texts.
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