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Investigating language in action

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  • Points: 60
  • Code: E854
  • Level: Postgraduate

Student reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed this course. The module covered many areas of language and language use. It was relevant to me in TESOL, but had broader applications in general teaching and language use, too. However, most of the participants in my tutor group were working in the areas of EFL/ESL.

I felt the module was well-organised and one part built on the previous part. This may sound obvious but occasionally modules may seem disjointed, and consist of several loosely connected areas; this was not the case here. I took this course before E891, which is not recommended by the OU. In fact, I think I should probably have done E891 first; it would certainly have helped with the EMA. But be warned, from what I have seen of E891 so far (only two months in) the workload is a lot lower here so E854 could take up much more of your time.

The workload is manageable, but it is important to be organised and not to fall behind as there is a consistent amount of work to do! On a couple of undergraduate courses I managed without the set book or bought it and did not refer to it. This is not the case here, the set book is essential and well worth buying.

I had previously studied the undergraduate course E303 (English Grammar in context) Without this background knowledge and my own experience I would have found the module much more difficult.

The information is all given in the materials, not much is supposed but of course you have to allow more time again to absorb a lot of new information. And while the EMA sounded daunting, it is not actually that long when you get into it, and there is a lot of satisfaction to be gained from applying theory to real-world situations. This was a constant theme of the module; how to apply the concepts to real situations. In my opinion this was the most positive aspect of the module - too many courses and too much literature focuses on theory but gives no tools for putting it into practice. I felt by the end of the module I had gained not only information but also skills I could use every day.

Carol Holloway

Course starting: October 2010

Review posted: December 2011

Faculty response

The Module Team are delighted that the module provided both knowledge and skills, and that it proved to be so rewarding and worthwhile to study.  We note the comments about workload and it is good to see that this was manageable, even though it was demanding.  It is also great to see that the module is well-organised in the way materials are presented. 

Please note

Each of the views expressed above is an individual's very particular response, largely unedited, and should be viewed with that in mind. Since modules are subject to regular updating, some of the issues identified may have already been addressed. In some instances the faculty may have provided a response to a comment. If you have a query about a particular module, please contact your Regional Centre.


Module satisfaction survey

The figures below are taken from a survey of students who sat the exam/completed the end-of-module assessment for the October 2013 presentation of E854. The survey was carried out in 2014.

40 students (a response rate of 44.4%) responded to the survey covering what they thought of 10 aspects of the module.

Please note that if the percentage of students who responded to this module survey is below 30% and/or the number of responses is below 23 it means that only a small proportion of students provided feedback and their views as shown here may not be fully representative of all students who studied the module.

See this page for the full text of questions and more information about the survey.

% Count
Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of this module 97.4 38
Overall, I am satisfied with my study experience 92.3 36
The module provided good value for money 76.3 29
I was satisfied with the support provided by my tutor/study adviser on this module 89.7 35
Overall, I was satisfied with the teaching materials provided on this module 97.3 36
The learning outcomes of the module were clearly stated 89.7 35
I would recommend this module to other students 87.2 34
The module met my expectations 82.1 32
I enjoyed studying this module 89.7 35
Overall, I was able to keep up with the workload on this module 78.9 30
Faculty comment: "It is pleasing to see that survey responses show that the vast majority of students who responded were satisfied with the teaching support provided throughout the module from their tutors, and enjoyed their learning, which enabled them to meet the learning outcomes on the module. We are pleased that the responses also indicate that the majority were satisfied with the quality of the study materials. Indeed, it is particularly good to see that so many respondents were happy with the learning materials provided and that these were seen as helping them to work through module content and this is informing the development of the replacement module, EE817, as current hard copy materials are re-versioned for online delivery.  To build on these responses, we are enhancing the use of forums on E854, so that student engagement in forum discussions feeds directly into their learning and their assessment tasks, engendering wider discussion of key module concepts.  Results from this satisfaction survey are being used to inform the development of the E854 replacement in the new Masters qualification. "
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