Spoken Language and Gesture

2019-2020

Course Objective

Goals of the course: In this course, you will learn how to discuss
current research on language and communication in a critical and
constructive fashion; learn how to analyze the linguistic properties of
spoken discourse and the ways in which speakers’ gestures relate to
them; and in the process, you will improve your skills in written and
oral presentation in English.

Course Content

Course contents: The course concerns several themes, which are
interrelated with each other. One has to do with how we structure our
talk and our co-verbal behavior as units on different levels of
complexity. Another is how we use both speech and gesture to express not
only our ideas about the physical world and abstract concepts (both
describing and depicting them), but also our stances towards these
ideas. This bring us to the point that face-to-face interaction with
speech and gesture can involve alignment and adaptation in real time of
our ideas, our attitudes towards those ideas (our “positions”, in
different senses of that word), and our ways of expressing them.

Teaching Methods

Course structure: Lectures combined with presentations by students and
occasional data analysis sessions (3 meetings x 2 hours each per week).

Method of Assessment

Forms of assessment: Presentations (30%), essays (55%), and attendance
and class participation (15%). The final grade will be a total of all
the parts. All components must be graded at least 5,5. Anyone failing
the course may resit only the portion(s) failed.

Entry Requirements

Prerequisites: Students majoring in Communicationa and Information
Studies (CIS) must have successfully completed “English: International
Communication”, “Academic English CIS-L&S Grammar”, and “Academic
English CIS-L&S Writing”. Other students must have sufficient background
in the study of language and communication and sufficient proficiency in
academic English to engage in active discussion and writing about the
analysis of English.

Literature

Readings: Journal articles and book chapters, which will be made
available to students.

Target Audience

Target audience: The course is required for second-year students
majoring in CIS and following either the track in English Language and
Communication Studies or the one on Language Learning and Language
Teaching. It may also be taken as part of a premaster’s program for the
MA track in Multimodal Communication. The module is also open for
exchange students, but they must have sufficient background in the study
of language and communication and sufficient proficiency in academic
English to engage in active discussion and writing about the analysis of
English.

General Information

Course Code L_ETBACIW204
Credits 6 EC
Period P4
Course Level 200
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator prof. dr. A.J. Cienki
Examiner prof. dr. A.J. Cienki
Teaching Staff prof. dr. A.J. Cienki

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

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