Communication and Language in Everyday Life

Ref: C2339958

This introduction to the social, psychological, and biological basis of human language will help students appreciate its complex and remarkable nature, and its place in the human communication system. We will use insights from psycholinguistics to look at speech production, and at words and their meaning, and from social psychology to examine some of the social and cultural processes which enable people to use language in everyday life. This understanding will enable students to examine three distinct aspects of human communication: language development in children; dialogue and conversation in adult life; and some common communication problems and remedies. Students will be encouraged to bring their own insights and experiences, and be supported in developing their own interests, by further study if necessary.

Course aim

This will introduce students to the social, psychological, and biological basis of human language, and enhance their appreciation and expertise in using this in everyday life.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Students need a level 2 qualification in English to join this course

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Explain some core concepts in linguistics and social psychology
  • Outline the process of speech production
  • Explain how a listener derives (a) the overt meaning of a direct statement (e.g. of fact) and (b) the implied meaning of an indirect statement
  • Recognise one or more common communication difficulties and what can be done to tackle them
  • Pose up to three questions I would like to answer about language in use

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • The core source book for this course is Nunan D (2013) "What is this thing called language". Palgrave MacMillan - but you do NOT need to buy this

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • The core source book for this course is Nunan D (2013) "What is this thing called language". Palgrave MacMillan - but you do NOT need to buy this

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • The course will be of value to people who require particular expertise in communication, whether in voluntary or paid work, or elsewhere

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Communication and Language in Everyday Life

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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