Mastering Language Use and Usage


1. To develop the capacity to research, reflect on and describe the linguistic systems of English;
2. To enable critical exploration of the relationship between meaning and grammatical structure;
3. To understand the systematic differences between spoken and written varieties of interaction;
4. To develop awareness of pragmatics and its implications for modelling the language;
5. To appraise the value of realistic communication in language learning;
6. To understand how rhetoric permeates all forms of communication and sense-making;
7. To perform rhetorical analyses of texts across a broad range of types, registers and modalities.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Jeffrey Scott Childs


Weekly - Available soon

Total - 280

Teaching language



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  • Carter R. & McCarthy M. (2006). Cambridge grammar of English: a comprehensive guide. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Dancygier, B. & Sweetser, E. (2014). Figurative Language. Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Lakoff, G. & Johnson, M. (2003). Metaphors we live by. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Larsen-Freeman D. (2001). Teaching language: From grammar to grammaring. Boston: Heinle & Heinle.
  • O'Halloran, K. A. & Coffin C. (eds.) (2005). Getting started: Describing the grammar of speech and writing. Milton Keynes, U.K.: The Open University.
  • Perelman, C. (1979). The new rhetoric and the humanities: Essays on rhetoric and its applications. Boston: Reidel Publishing Company.

Teaching method

The teaching-learning process to be developed in S3 takes place in a virtual environment (e-learning, with recourse to the Moodle platform) and will be
conducted in three separate teaching modules:

1) Knowing how the language operates

2) Communication in language education; and 3) Rhetoric in practice.
The learning methods used combine individual study with collaborative work. Students are required to carry out individual reading and research work and to develop a critical reflection on the course materials. Collaborative work is to be conducted in discussion forums, in which students are expected to participate by present the conclusions of their reflection on the course material, debating specific questions or topics, and presenting and discussing their own course work and that developed by their classmates.

Evaluation method

Continuous assessment - Assessment is continuous, and based on the quality and pertinence of forum discussions and on the works (individual and group) presented for discussion and evaluation.(100%)

Subject matter

- What grammars are and what grammars do
- Time, tense, aspect and attitude
- Variety of speech and writing
- The situation of rhetoric
- From theories of figuration to the practice of figures
- The performative dimension of texts
- The practice of rhetoric


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