Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, the student will be able to:

Unit Description

This unit introduces students to aspects of language and its study as a framework for language development work based on an understanding of the nature of communication in human relationships. Students will learn basic linguistic analysis tools and terminology in the areas of phonetics and phonology, semantics, morphology and syntax, communication and discourse studies.


• Language and how we use it

• Intro to phonetics – place and manner of articulation

• Phonology – contrast, variation

• Orthography

• Semantics – meaning, context, lexical relations, dictionaries

• Pragmatics – inference and speech acts

• Clause structure – word order, function

• Word classes – noun, verb, pronoun, adposition, number, possession, TAM, person

• Phrase structure

• Morphology

• Situations and roles – state, event, patient, experiencer, agent, instrument

• Discourse – genre, participant reference, grounding, plot

Unit offerings

SILA: (Demand based)

Please note

The Unit Offerings listed above are a guide only and the timetable for any year is the final authority. The College may vary offerings based on demand, regulatory requirements, continual improvement processes or other conditions.

This unit may be available in different modes of delivery i.e. online and face-to-face as listed above. The unit content will not differ between these modes of delivery. There will possibly be a difference in the schedule and/or the prescribed assessment tasks, however both will cover and assess the same content.