1 x 2-hour lecture weekly
1 x 1-hour on-line exercises weekly
Assignment(s); Tutorial participation.
Topic description
What do we know about language? What do all languages have in common? This topic introduces students to reflect upon the nature of human language and its uses, the evolution of languages and the similarities between related language families. Evidence-based discussions will help to dispel some common misconceptions that people have about language and language use, and practical guidance will be given to enhance inter-comprehension between related languages.
Educational aims
This topic aims to:

  • develop insight and understanding in language issues and debates appearing in the national media

  • enhance the students' understanding of the similarities among related languages (such as French, Italian and Spanish)

  • provide an opportunity to develop an understanding of a language other than one's own
Expected learning outcomes
Upon completion of this topic, it is expected that students will be able to:

  • discuss and analyse the main issues related to the material discussed throughout the semester

  • develop strategies for understanding a language other than one's own