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124096 VK BEd 09.2: VK Linguistics for Language Teachers (2021S)

Systemic Functional Linguistics and Language Education

5.00 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 serve).


max. 25 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday 15.03. 17:30 - 19:45 Digital
Monday 22.03. 17:30 - 19:45 Digital
Monday 12.04. 17:30 - 19:45 Digital
Monday 19.04. 17:30 - 19:45 Digital
Monday 26.04. 17:30 - 19:45 Digital
Monday 03.05. 17:30 - 19:45 Digital
Monday 10.05. 17:30 - 19:45 Digital
Monday 17.05. 17:30 - 19:45 Digital
Monday 31.05. 17:30 - 19:45 Digital
Monday 07.06. 17:30 - 19:45 Digital
Monday 14.06. 17:30 - 19:45 Digital
Monday 21.06. 17:30 - 19:45 Digital
Monday 28.06. 17:30 - 19:45 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

By placing grammar in a broader framework of meaning making, this course wants to debunk the myth of grammar as something that is on the wrong side of meaningful communication. We will study the basics of Systemic Functional Linguistics in order to gain a deeper understanding of how lexico-grammar empowers us to create meaningful and coherent texts, to talk about events, express our relationships with others, and convey different viewpoints. After familiarizing ourselves with the foundations of a functional view of language (genre, register, metafunctions of language) we will study different sub-systems of grammar and the choices they afford for expressing our experience of the world. This course will also explore the potential of a functional approach to language structure for the teaching of English and for language education in general.
This course combines mini-lectures, on- & offline assignments, reading-based group work and discussion, and individual research work leading to a presentation and final written paper (either term paper or BA-thesis).
We recommend that you do this course only after completing at least ELT Foundations 1 and Language in Use 1.

Course objectives:
By the end of this course participants will be able to
• explain how cultural and situational contexts affect language choice and use;
• identify the grammatical resources used to express and connect ideas, interact with others, and create coherent texts;
• develop teaching ideas based on systemic functional text analysis

Assessment and permitted materials

Continuous assessment

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Course evaluation is based on:
(A) class participation, assignments and presentation (cut off point 60%)
(B) project report or research paper (cut-off point 60%)

The minimum requirements for passing the course are:
(a) regular class attendance (max. 2 missed sessions)
(b) preparing weekly exercises and submitting all assignments (on time)
(c) active engagement in project work and presentation
(d) handing in the project report or research paper (on time)
(d) attaining pass levels on both A and B (see above)

Examination topics

Continuous assessment

Reading list

Information on the required readings will be provided on Moodle. Please check your e-mail account well ahead of the first meeting.

Association in the course directory

Studium: BEd 046/407
Code/Modul: BEd 09.2
Lehrinhalt: 12-4692

Last modified: We 21.04.2021 11:26