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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. 

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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 2011 presentation of E854. The survey was carried out in 2012. 50% of our students responded to the survey covering what they thought of 10 aspects of the module. See this page for the full text of questions and more information about the survey.

Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of this module 82.2 %
Overall, I am satisfied with my study experience 84.4 %
The module provided good value for money 77.8 %
I was satisfied with the support provided by my tutor/study adviser on this module 71.1 %
Overall, I was satisfied with the teaching materials provided on this module 91.1 %
The module met its stated learning outcomes 86.7 %
I would recommend this module to other students 82.2 %
The module met my expectations 80 %
I enjoyed studying this module 80 %
Overall, I was able to keep up with the workload on this module 82.2 %
Faculty comment: "Students find the learning materials to be accessible, valuable, easy to locate and useful for their studies. Some students find it to be quite a demanding module in terms of the time commitment, and related workload. Students who have studied linguistics modules before will find the module content easier to work with, but, student satisfaction with all teaching and learning materials is over 90%. Students respond very positively to the materials, and the extent to which those materials support and underpin students’ learning on the module."
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