VIA605 Modern Methods of Text Analysis

Code VIA605
Name Modern Methods of Text Analysis
Status Compulsory/Courses of Limited Choice
Level and type Post-graduate Studies, Professional
Field of study Languages
Academic staff Larisa Iļinska, Tatjana Smirnova, Irina Liokumoviča
Credit points 2.0 (3.0 ECTS)
Parts 1
Annotation This course provides students with a necessary knowledge and skills of text analysis (discourse/register/genre analysis). The course consists of lectures, seminars and workshops in the following areas: study of discourse/register/genre theory; an examination of text analysis tools based on discourse/ register/genre theory; discussion of strategies for reading and writing based on functional grammar and discourse/register/genre theory; modern computer- and corpus-based text analysis tools..
Goals and objectives
of the course in terms
of competences and skills
The aim of the course: The following course sketches a methodology for detailed text-analysis, with particular emphasis on how to approach a text in the scientific-technical field. The course will concentrate on the fundamental analysis traditions (grounded theory, classic content analysis, and semantic, pragmatic and semiotic analyses) and modern text analysis tools (computer and corpus based analyses). .Objectives of the course. During the course the students should be able to: • identify text types, and choose the relevant methods of analysis; • move to principles of text organization (from the macro-to the micro-level) and to textual functions associated with clause- and sentence
Learning outcomes
and assessment
Students are able to recognize the type (scientific technical text in particular), composition principles, and textual functions of the text and select a respective analysis method. - Students analyze scientific technical text, writing reports, summaries, essays. The volume of the text analyzed: 6,000 -8,000 words. Assessment: exam. Evaluation: mark according to 10 grade scale.
Students are able to analyze text units that determine text meaning at various levels (words, collocations, sentences, paragraphs, etc.) - Students use various methods of analysis (semantic, pragmatic, classic, etc.). Assessment: seminars, exam. Evaluation: mark according to 10 grade scale.
Students are able to compare and contrast functional styles of the source and target texts. - Assessment: essays, exam. Evaluation: mark according to 10 grade scale.
Students are able to develop a text analysis research project on a selected topic. - Assessment: presentation, seminar.
Course prerequisites English language skills at B2 level according to CEFR

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