What is the MEANING of becoming an EFL teacher?
How many grains of sand make up a sand hill?
Do you see one or two interpretations in “There is a bat in the attic”?
In “Some guy kissed every girl” how many guys are we talking about?
Why does the sentence “Colorless green ideas sleep furiously” sound odd?
If you find tackling these questions a fascinating venture, then Meaning in Language is the course for you! It offers an opportunity to delve into the challenging universe of linguistic meaning, providing a comprehensive view of all the components that contribute to it on a lexical, sentence and discourse level. More specifically, this course aims at shedding light on how meaning is generated through the interaction of the various factors that play a role in meaning construction, such as phonological properties, lexis, syntax and pragmatic context.
Meaning in Language is closely intertwined with the rest of the syllabus of the BA in English Language and English Language Teaching of the University of Greenwich, since it extends the knowledge acquired at level 4 (Foundations of Linguistics), while at the same time preparing students for level 6 modules (e.g. Key Issues in Second Language Acquisition, Dissertation).
Topics such as lexical semantics (hyponymy, meronymy, synonymy, antonymy etc.), sentential semantics (entailment, presupposition, tautology etc.), scopal ambiguity, inner aspect, modality and many more are dealt with in depth, composing overall a highly advanced, sophisticated course that aims at strengthening students’ analytical, logical and argumentations skills, while preparing them for everyday instructional practice.
On the completion of this course, as a teacher of English you will feel absolutely confident to analyse and assess complex linguistic issues that often come up in an EFL classroom, to critically propose logical answers for your pupils and evaluate their validity and scope.
Even more, the course has an even broader aspiration to apply linguistic analysis for practical purposes, covering the needs of rapidly expanding and pioneer domains in the work market, such as Forensics, i.e. the use of language as evidence in a court of law, the Computer Industry, with various computer-mediated linguistic applications etc.
Therefore, Meaning in Language makes becoming a teacher of English a truly meaningful process!
Dr. Maria Kamilaki
New York College & University of Greenwich