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Language of Science and Technology - LING337

This unit examines the characteristics of the language of science, mathematics and technology, exploring the different ways in which language is used in professional, popular and pedagogic texts. Special reference is made to changing language use at the secondary and tertiary levels in both English and second or foreign language settings. The increasing use of visual imagery, the influence of web-based forms of scientific communication and the role of metaphor in science are also examined. The unit concludes with a discussion of the implications of the characteristics of the language of science for teachers of both language and science. The unit is of interest not only to students who are looking to follow careers in second or foreign language teaching and to those who are studying science or mathematics with a view to teaching, but also to anyone interested in how language responds to the challenges of different purposes and audiences.

Credit Points: 3
When Offered:

S1 Day - Session 1, North Ryde, Day

Staff Contact(s): Linguistics staff

39cp at 100 level or above Prerequisite Information


NCCW(s): LING342
Unit Designation(s):
Unit Type: Planet unit
Assessed As: Graded
Offered By:

Department of Linguistics

Faculty of Human Sciences

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