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122224 SE Linguistics Seminar / BA Paper (2018S)

Digital storytelling in E(LF)

11.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 18 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Please note that
(a) This course starts on March 7th.
(b) Meetings are partially blocked - make sure you can attend all sessions.

Wednesday 07.03. 18:00 - 19:30 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Wednesday 14.03. 16:15 - 17:45 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Wednesday 21.03. 18:00 - 19:30 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Wednesday 18.04. 16:00 - 19:30 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Wednesday 02.05. 16:00 - 19:30 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Wednesday 16.05. 16:00 - 19:30 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Wednesday 30.05. 16:00 - 19:30 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Wednesday 13.06. 16:00 - 21:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09


Aims, contents and method of the course


1) gain knowledge in digital sociolinguistics and discourse analysis as it pertains to investigating narratives in English (as a lingua franca)
2) gain familiarity with and experience in applying selected CMC (Computer-Mediated-Communication) research skills
3) gain detailed linguistic narrative insights regarding a specific case of digital storytelling in E(LF)

Content & Method:

All of us use English online on a daily basis, but we do not only do so to find particular information or listen to our favourite songs. We also share and contribute to stories of various kinds when, for instance, we share recent travel experiences on Facebook, write blog entries on what (might have) happened to a language learner, or relate personal events on twitter. What’s the nature of such storytelling practices and how do they contribute to our mediated selves? What’s special about them (and what not) in relation to well established offline narratives? How can they be researched (and why should they be)?
It is questions like these that we will deal with in the seminar course, which focuses on narratives (co-)created by native and non-native speakers of English in (selected) digital media. Based on readings, discussions and exemplifications, participants will learn about relevant research areas and approaches (e.g. linguistic narrative analysis, computer-mediated communication, digital sociolinguistics). By undertaking small-scale empirical studies, they will gain informed insights into specific features and patterns of online storytelling in English (functioning as a lingua franca) and its relevance for its users and their identities.

Assessment and permitted materials

Students are assessed on the basis of participation, assignments, project proposal, presentation and written seminar paper. Project proposal, presentation and seminar paper are based on the small-scale research project each student will select and work on during the semester.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Minimum requirements: [dropping out of course is possible till March 31]
a) regular class attendance (max. 2 absences)
b) giving the oral presentation (on set date)
c) handing in the seminar paper (on time)
d) attaining 60 of the maximum 100 points.

Course evaluation will be based on:
* class participation and assignments (max. 25 points)
* oral presentation (max. 15 points)
* seminar paper (max. 60 points)

Final grades & points achieved: ‘1’: 90-100; ‘2’: 80-89; ‘3’: 70-79; ‘4’: 60-69; ‘5’: 0-59

Examination topics

not applicable

Reading list

will be provided in class and on Moodle

Association in the course directory

Studium: UF 344, BA 612
Code/Modul: UF 4.2.3-222, BA06.2
Lehrinhalt: 12-2222

Last modified: Mo 07.09.2020 15:33