Course Title: Introduction to Language

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Language

Credit Points: 12.00


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RMIT University Vietnam


850T School of Languages and English


Viet2 2018

Course Coordinator: Jacob Heinrich

Course Coordinator Phone: ​(84-28) 3776 1300

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 1.5.33

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the concepts underlying the nature and properties of human language; its uses and applications in social organization. The course has a particular focus on the way sentences are structured grammatically (syntax and morphology), the way language sounds (phonetics and phonology), and the meaning and use of language (semantics and pragmatics). The course also examines how languages are acquired, learned and used (applied linguistics), thereby enhancing your ability to learn another language.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. identify and describe the basic concepts involved in the formal properties of language (syntax, morphology, phonetics, phonology, semantics, pragmatics) and how they are used to encode meaning in human language.
  2. use the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) to transcribe English phonetically
  3. demonstrate understanding of the commonalities and distinctions of human languages
  4. use arguments and evidence to solve problems of linguistic analysis of non-English languages
  5. critically examine your own language and apply various learning strategies for second/foreign language acquisition

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities will take the form of:

  • Lectures
  • Workshops
  • Tutorials
  • Assignments
  • Online discussions

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources will consist of recommended references and class notes which may be accessed through "myRMIT" if you are in Melbourne and via "RMIT online" if you are based in Vietnam.

The set of references is deliberately broad, including books, journal publications, government reports, industry standards and handbooks, and web-based resources.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment 1: Discussion Board posts (5 tasks)
Weighting (%): 20
This task assesses the following learning outcomes:

Assessment 2: Group Project Presentation
Weighting of final grade (%): 40
This task assesses the following learning outcomes:

Assessment 3: Final Test
Weighting of final grade (%): 40
This task assesses the following learning outcomes: