This project is designed to use a Functional Grammar/Text in Context approach to analyse the language and communication demands that might be placed on someone for whom English is a second language within a particular social, work or educational context.
Can the Systemic Functional Grammar model of text in context and its multifunctional grammatical analysis be used to explore and detail the different language and communication demands that might be placed on a speaker/writer as they learn to live, study or work in a specific context?
Steps Select a context – a workplace, a social context or an educational setting, and texts. Identify a range of text types that a speaker/write might encounter in the context. Consider the variations. Select a range of texts (3 – 5) for close analysis and consideration. Undertake a detailed Genre and Context of Situation analysis of the selected texts. Describe the genre of each text by identifying its purpose and structure. Provide a full description of the Field, Tenor and Mode of each text. Execute a detailed lexico-grammatical analysis of selected portions of each of these texts(100 – 150 words of each text). Interpret the above analysis and your findings in light of the different linguistic/communicative demands they might place on a speaker/writer. Reflect on the value of the analytical approach to understanding the challenges for people for whom English is a second language.
Criteria and Standards
Criteria ê Pass Credit Distinction High Distinction Context identification and text selection Context identified and texts selected Pass level plus considered and informed selection of texts Credit level plus well-articulated consideration of context and well explained text selection Distinction level plus exemplary and insightful consideration of context and text selection Genre analysis of selected texts Genre analysis completed at basic level Genre analysis at a more complex level Genre analysis completed at a high level of delicacy Intricate and nuanced analysis of genre Field, Tenor and Mode description of selected texts Field, Tenor and Mode described Field, Tenor and Mode described in detail Field, Tenor and Mode described with greater demonstration of detail and insight Field, Tenor and Mode described in an exemplary, detailed and nuanced fashion Lexico-grammatical analyses At least two systems analysed with accuracy At least two systems analysed with high levels of accuracy All three systems analysed with accuracy All three systems analysed with high levels of accuracy Development, consolidation and write-up of findings Insights developed from analysis and applied to the language/social context Clear and well-articulated insights developed from analysis and applied to the language/social context Thorough and very well-articulated insights developed from analysis and applied to the language/social context, considering the challenges facing the L2speaker Exceptional development of insights from analysis and applied with nuance and clarity to the language/social context, considering the challenges facing the L2speaker Reflections on method/approach Some reflection Good, considered reflections Good, considered reflections with critical insights Good, considered reflections with well-developed critical insights