Analysing a spoken text (no more than 1500 words)
i)Make an audio-recording of an unrehearsed conversation between either a group of native-speakers or a group of fairly fluent non-native speakers of English. (If you cannot record this kind of conversation, then record an extract from a radio phone-in program).
ii)Write an overview to set the context of the conversation.
iii)Identify and analyse the most noticeable phonological features of the conversation. Then analyse the grammatical features of the conversation.
Analysing a written text (no more than 1500 words)
i)Find an editorial from a newspaper or current affairs magazine that is published online.
ii)Identify the key grammatical features of this text and make some observations about the grammatical choices made in the article.
iii)Evaluate how these grammatical choices position the reader and what they tell us about the position of the writer.
Criteria and marking
The assignment demonstrates students’
1.disciplinary knowledge and skill to competently analyse phonological features of natural speech
2.disciplinary knowledge and skill to competently analyse the grammatical features of written text.
3.capacity to apply understandings to critically assess the reasons and effects of speakers and writers’ language choices.
4.ability to structure the assignment clearly, to use coherent and formal English and to follow formal academic conventions for written expression, referencing and presentation.