Subject: Applied English Linguistics

Scientific Area:



64 Hours

Number of ECTS:

7,5 ECTS



Overall objectives:

1 - It aims to encourage reflection on language as a system and the mechanisms of acquisition/production of messages;
2 - Recognize the limits/possibilities of grammatical approaches evidenced in the correct and reflexive use of English for communicative purposes;
3 - Expand the knowledge of syntactic structures,
4 - Identify, relate and apply linguistic (morphological, lexical and syntactic), discursive, pragmatic and stylistics choices in English, in standard situations, or in discursive/community practices related to students' further vocational/professional areas, towards effective communication with diverse interlocutors.
5 - In the CU, there is also an approach, though brief, to assumptions on applied linguistics, including the analysis of language and communication, as well as basic concepts on linguistics as a social science: object, theories and methods.


1 - Introduction to Applied Linguistics - Language and Communication
1.1 - Linguistic sign
1.2 - Langue /parole; competence / performance
1.3 - Language functions and the communicative event
1.4. - Oral and written language
2. - Fields of Study
2.1. - Discourse analysis
2.2 - Pragmatics
2.3 - Applied stylistics
2.4 - Corpus analysis
3. - English Grammar - Language and Text
3.1 - Units of Language: word; sentence/utterance; text / context; discourse
3.2 - Layers of Meaning
4 - Syntax
4.1 - Different approaches: generative, formalist, functional approaches
4.2 - Syntactic systems: deep structures; surface structures
4.3 - Relation among different syntactic structures: syntactic rules and functions
4.4 - Syntactic schemes ? sentence


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Candlin, C , 2002 , The Applied Linguistics Reader , Routledge,
Carter, R., , 2001 , Working with Texts: A Core Introduction to Language Analysis , Routledge
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Fabb, N , 2001 , Sentence Structure , Routledge,
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Assesssment methods and criteria:

Classification Type: Quantitativa (0-20)

Evaluation Methodology:
Classes are of the expositive, theoretical-practical type. During class-meetings students will acquire and apply the key linguistic concepts in English, both through individual, pair/peer and group work, as follows: i) theoretical approaches to subject matters with ongoing lecturer-student-lecturer interaction; ii) students' outlining and delivering oral presentations on key concepts of the syllabus, based on sets of handouts as back up material to the lectures; iii) short individual/group projects on a students' selection of different types of texts in the business domain, gathered in a booklet, as corpus for close analysis. Type A Assessment was chosen from the Assessment Regulation of Madeira University. Students are assessed during the semester in two written partial exams (Exam 1: 40% + Exam 2: 40%) and in an oral component (20%), in which their presentation of linguistic data and communication skills at advanced level will be tested.