E844: Language and literacy in a changing world


This unit explores the rapidly changing field of language and literacy studies and its relevance to teaching and learning. It’ll help you gain a deeper understanding of the nature of language and literacy, and to learn a range of ways of analysing different kinds of language in context.

A focus on language is obviously important because of its dual educational role as both ‘the medium’, i.e. the ways that teaching and learning is carried out, and ‘the message’, i.e. the focus of instruction. More recently, other dimensions of language use have also been considered, e.g. the relationship between language use and identity, and between language and power. You’ll explore ways of understanding language in context, concentrating on their relevance to education.

This unit has been designed both for students with no experience of the specialised study of language and for those who wish to update and extend their existing knowledge.

This unit is from our archive and is an adapted extract from Language and literacy in a changing world (E844) which is no longer in presentation, having finished in 2010. The course has been replaced with Language, literacy and learning in the contemporary world (E852) [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] . If you wish to study formally at The Open University, you may wish to explore the courses we offer in this curriculum area.

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