TMA Cover Form
FACULTY OF LANGUAGE STUDIES
TMA COVER FORM: U214B Worlds of English II
|Part (I): STUDENT INFORMATION (to be completed by student)|
|1. Name:||2. Student ID No:|
|3. Section No:||4. Tel. :||5. E-mail:|
|I confirm that the work presented here is my own and is not copied from any source.|
|Part (II): TUTOR’S REMARKS (to be completed by tutor)|
|Date TMA received:||Date returned:|
Language and Organization
Semester 2, 2020-2021
Length: 1500-2000 words
In recent years, linguists like Biber (1999) and Carter and McCarthy (2006), proposed that everyday talk is far from being chaotic and disorganized. Discuss the structure and function of talk drawing on the works of Bakhtin (1986); Malinowski (1923); Austin (1962) and Bordieu (1992) to identify the rules guiding everyday talk. Illustrate using examples from the works of Schegloff and Sacks (1973) and Goffman (1967).
Areas of Discussion
Areas of discussing the TMA’s topic are related to U214B Course Book 2, and specifically Unit 1.
Discussing the TMA’s subject matter has to draw on the following ideas:
1. Characteristics of everyday talk (5 pts)
1. The structure and function of talk (5 pts)
1. Examples on particular language practices (5 pts)
1. Social rules of talk bringing predictable structures in relation to function (5pts)
N.B. Students need to read in depth Unit 1 and think about the TMA questions as they read. Students need to take notes on the social perspectives on everyday talk.
When writing, students need to pay attention to structure, layout and correct language and use appropriate referencing and citation. Please note that, in addition to the textbook materials, students are strongly recommended to consult two or more of the following references:
· Austin, L. (1962). How to do Things with Words. Oxford. Oxford University Press.
· Bourdieu, P. (1992 ). Language and Symbolic Power. Cambridge. Polity Press.
· Cameron, D. (2007). The Myth of Mars and Venus. Oxford. Oxford University Press.
· Coates, J. (2003) Men Talk: Stories in the Making of Masculinities. Oxford. Blackwell.
· Drew, P. and Heritage, J. (eds.) (1992). Talk at Work. Cambridge. Cambridge University Press.
· You can include information from the course book but it is highly recommended to use external sources from the e-library.
· You are requested to visit the e-library on campus and use it to carry out your TMAs properly.
· You are also requested to show your tutor that you used the e-library to complete your TMA. But avoid submitting a copy/paste paper, it is a plagiarized work, which is strictly banned and firmly penalized by AOU.
Guidelines on Plagiarism
If you submit an assignment that contains work other than yours without acknowledging the sources, you are committing plagiarism. This might occur when:
1. Using a sentence or phrase that you have come across
1. Copying word-for-word directly from a text
1. Paraphrasing the words from the text very closely
1. Using text downloaded from the Internet
1. Borrowing statistics or assembled fact from another person or source
1. Copying or downloading figures, photographs, pictures or diagrams without acknowledging your sources
1. Copying from the notes or essays of a fellow student
(Slightly adapted from OU document on quoting versus plagiarism)
It is important to remember that plagiarism is strictly barred and would be subject to punitive action by the Arab Open University.
|GRADE||CONTENT||LANGUAGE & ORGANIZATION|
|Excellent answers showing confident and wide-ranging knowledge of core material, good understanding of any relevant theory, and a capacity to address the question in a structural, direct and effective way, thoughtfully and with insight. Originality of thought or ideas from outside the course are an added asset. Examples are to the point.||– Has an introduction defining plan of essay.
– Body divided into several paragraphs
– Conclusion which directly relates arguments to topic.
– Error-free grammar & register.
– Wide range of specialized terminology.
|B to B+
|Very good answers showing secure knowledge of course materials. Adopting an analytical approach and providing relevant discussion covering most of the key issues. Distinguished from A answers by being less insightful or by showing less comprehensive knowledge of the course.||– First four criteria above maintained
– Demonstrates extensive grammar control.
– Terminology specialized but less varied.
|C to C+
|Competent answers reflecting adequate knowledge of the more directly relevant course material and concepts, with reasonable structure and adequate coherence related to the question set.||– Introduction and/or conclusion short but still satisfactory.
– Less grammar control than above.
– Good range of specialized terminology.
|Answers which omit some concepts /evidence and/or lack coherence /structure, and/or make minor errors while still demonstrating basic understanding. Or Bare pass answers which show awareness of some relevant material and attempt to relate it to the question.||– Introduction and/or conclusion short but acceptable.
– Few grammatical errors that impede communication.
– Above average range of specialized terminology.
– Slightly confused introduction and/or conclusion, but body still fair.
– No evidence of editing.
– Some error types that impede communication.
– Fair range of specialized terminology.
|Answers which attempt to draw upon relevant material but do not reflect sufficient knowledge of the course and/or neglect the focus required by the question, and/or are incomplete in some important aspects whilst being acceptable in others.||– No introduction and /or no conclusion.
– Body badly organized or irrelevant.
– Poor grammar control (extremely limited range of grammar & register).
– Limited or not specialized range of terminology.
The following grid is used in deducting marks, when grading TMAs on the basis of language use and organisation
|LANGUAGE & ORGANIZATION||Deduction|
|1st & 2nd level courses|
|1. Has an introduction defining plan of essay.
1. Body divided into several paragraphs.
1. Conclusion which directly relates arguments to topic.
1. Evidence that essay has been edited.
1. Wide range of specialized terminology.
1. Error-free grammar & register, mechanics, etc.
|– No deduction|
|1. Clear organization, with good introduction and conclusion.
1. Body divided into several paragraphs
1. Demonstrates extensive grammar control and mechanics: correct spelling, proper punctuation, correct sentences, with occasional/sporadic grammar mistakes (e.g., phrasal verbs, relative clauses).
1. Evidence of editing
– Terminology specialized but less varied.
|1. Introduction and/or conclusion short but still satisfactory.
1. Some evidence of editing.
1. Less grammar control than above: (e.g., wrong use of prepositions, verb tenses).
1. Some non-recurrent problems in mechanics of writing
1. Average range of specialized terminology.
|1. Introduction and/or conclusion short and slightly confused, but acceptable, with body still fair.
1. No evidence of editing: some grammatical and other recurrent types of errors that impede communication (e.g., verb forms, auxiliary verbs, passive structures, subject-verb agreement).
1. Recurrent errors of spelling and punctuation
1. Poor formatting
1. Below average range of specialized terminology.
|1. No introduction and /or conclusion.
1. Body badly organized or irrelevant.
1. No editing whatsoever
1. Poor grammar control (extremely limited range of grammar & register, very basic, recurrent, and varied grammatical, spelling, and punctuation errors of all types).
1. No formatting
1. Limited or not specialized range of terminology.