1 x 1-hour tutorial weekly
1 x 2-hour seminar weekly
Enrolment not permitted
LANG1002 has been successfully completed
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. The topic will also discuss the impact of globalization on language diversity.

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
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Discuss and analyse the main issues related to the material discussed throughout the semester
  2. Develop strategies for understanding a language other than one's own

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

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Where more than one class is offered, students normally attend only one.

Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


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Class registration normally closes at the end of week 2 of each semester.

Classes in a stream are grouped so that the same students attend all classes in that stream.
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  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.