Language and communication:Sounds and words

VCE Units 3 and 4 prerequisite study (or concurrent enrolment) - English Language

Upon successful completion of the unit, students should be able to:

  • discuss the nature of the linguistic sign and how language differs from other communication systems;
  • outline the range of sounds used in human language, and the way different sounds are produced;
  • use a range of conventions for writing down the words and sounds of language;
  • explore the ways in which people from different social groups or historical periods use the sounds of English;
  • apply knowledge gained in the unit to everyday experience.

Language and communication:Putting words together

VCE Units 3 and 4 prerequisite study (or concurrent enrolment) - English Language

Upon successful completion of the unit, students should be able to:

  • identify the structural building blocks of human language;
  • describe how words can be grouped into classes, and how this can differ across language and cultures;
  • analyse the structure of clauses and sentences in a range of languages;
  • be aware of some cognitive and cultural factors which affect language structures and their interpretation;
  • discuss the applications for knowledge gained in the unit in applied fields, such as language acquisition and forensic linguistics.

2019 Study locations

Monash University, Clayton Campus

2019 Class times

Please note that students undertaking Extension Studies need to have flexible extracurricular activities as there is no guarantee a uni class will have the same timetable for both semesters. (Eg Your class may run Tuesday afternoon in Semester 1 and Thursday afternoon inSemester 2.)

Students need to be able to fit their other commitments (such as part-time work and sport) around Extension Studies, making Extension a priority.

We will do our best to ensure classes run after school hours, but this may not always be possible. Students are advised of their timetable as soon as it is confirmed so they can organise their personal commitments around their Extension study.

Semester 1 Timetable*:

  • 2 x 1 hour lectures each week (It is highly recommended that students attend in person, however they will be recorded and students can catch up online.)
    • Lecture 1: Monday 3pm-4pm
    • Lecture 2: Thursday 4pm-5pm
  • 1 x 1 hour COMPULSORY Tutorial each week
    • Monday 4pm-5pm OR 5pm-6pm

Semester 2 Timetable*: Available in early June, 2019

Students can expect two x one hour lectures each week and a compulsory 1 hour tutorial each week. Lectures will be available on-line although it is highly recommended that students attend lectures in person when they can.

* Please note timetables are subject to change

Recognition for prior learning

When you enrol in a Bachelor’s degree at Monash, your Extension units can be used for course credit if they are compatible with the degree in which you enrol.

Students who have successfully competed Linguistics Extension, may be eligible to apply to have the credit points of one (6 points) or both (12 points) Extension units included towards one of the following degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts or any associated double degree
  • Other Arts single degrees
  • Associated Arts double degrees where relevant
  • Other single Monash degrees where elective credit is available

Any units credited will show on your academic transcript as either 6 or 12 points against the course code of the degree in which you are enrolled. Students can apply for credit once they have enrolled in their undergraduate degree.

Students may also be able to credit their Extension study towards Bachelor degrees at other tertiary institutions.