From Words to Interaction (Q1092)

30 credits, Level 4

Spring teaching

Have you ever wondered why language offers us so many different ways of asking for a favour or turning down an invitation?

In this module, students build on their knowledge of linguistic structure from ‘From Sounds to Words’ to develop specialised knowledge in the areas of grammatical structure and the structure of conversational interaction, exploring the intersections between the two.

As well as serving as an introduction to grammatical and interactional structure, the module focuses on data collection and analysis, providing students with university-level data analysis and presentation skills, preparing them for original research.


26%: Lecture
23%: Practical (Workshop)
51%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Portfolio)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 44 hours of contact time and about 256 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: