Approaches to Language Studies

The American College of Greece

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Approaches to Language Studies

  • Host University

    The American College of Greece

  • Location

    Athens, Greece

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    WP 1010 LE Introduction to Academic Writing
    WP 1111 LE Integrated Academic Writing and Ethics
    WP 1212 LE Academic Writing and Research*
    *Students are strongly encouraged to register for the course as soon as they complete L4 courses. 

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    Hours & Credits

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  • Overview

    By exploring the theme “21st century language”, students gain an understanding of how knowledge is constructed in the field of linguistics. Focus is on: disciplinary research methods and practices; further development of skills of analysis; and interpretation of linguistics texts.

    This module introduces students to the basic concepts, types and methods of research for English language, linguistics and TESOL. This course enables students to become more effective as readers, researchers, and writers.

    Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:
    1. Describe and explain issues relating to language including: language change; language death; characteristics of 21st century language; language and power; changes in literacy; language and technology;
    2. Engage in close critical reading of scholarly texts, identifying and discussing the research paradigms, methodologies and methods used;
    3. Use a variety of academic information sources available through DEREE library (print and electronic) to locate information on a relevant area within the course theme, identifying and evaluating the research methodology.
    4. Critically analyse in oral form published research in the field which has been accessed independently.

    In congruence with the teaching and learning strategy of the college, the following tools are used:
    • Lectures, class discussions, workshop-style pair work and group work during class meetings;
    • Formative exercises and online learning tasks through the Blackboard online tools designed to help students acquire confidence and benefit from independent study;
    • Additional print and audiovisual educational material posted on the Blackboard course template;
    • Timely instructor feedback on assignments;
    • Other relevant educational material placed on reserve in the library; 

    • Individualized assistance during office hours for further discussion of lecture material, additional reading, assignments and examinations;
    • Close collaboration with the Library and SASS to encourage students’ effective use of academic support services. 


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