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The nature of human language vis-à-vis other forms of communication e.g. animal language and artificial language. Linguistic definition and characterization. Linguistics as a science. Language behaviour and language systems; Semiotics in language and concepts. The definition of Linguistics and various levels of Linguistic description e.g. phonetics, phonology and Morphology, Syntax, Semantics, Pragmatics and Discourse. Scope of linguistics in relation to other disciplines e.g. Sociology, Psychology, History, Geography and Mathematics and other related disciplines.
An introduction to word classes (parts of speech), their principal subclasses; expression of morphological categories of number, person, gender, tense, mood and aspect. A description the types and structure of phrases. Basic sentence structure.
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Training in study techniques: speaking and writing skills for academic and general purposes. Reading strategies: types of reading. Oral comprehension: note-taking; listening activities. Writing strategies: types of writing, structure and function of paragraphs – different kinds of essays and papers; report writing, notes for specific information, documenting sources, editing written materials and proofreading. The use of spoken English: formal discussions; seminar techniques; leading a seminar, interrupting, agreeing and disagreeing appropriately; presenting an argument; initiating a discussion.