Course detail

Discourse Analysis

FEKT-HDANAcad. year: 2020/2021

The objective of the course is to explain and practise the methods of discourse analysis in English and use the results of the analytical processes in translations, production and comprehension of different types of texts, primarily texts on electrical engineering.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The students will learn how to analyze a specific variety of a language in a variety of relevant methods. They will be able to determine the rules and qualities of the analysed discourse and apply their knowledge in translating, production of texts and their interpretation.


Upper-intermediate English and general linguistic background required.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Widdowson, Henry: Discourse Analysis (EN)
Widdowson, Henry: Linguistics, 2000, OUP (EN)
Schiffrin, Deborah: Approaches to Discourse, 1993, Blackwell (EN)
Gee, James Paul: How to Do Discourse Analysis (A Toolkit), 2011, Routledge (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching methods depend on the type of a course unit as specified in Article 7of BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Evaluation will be based on a short essay concerning the characteristic features of a chosen text using a selected and specified analytical frame. Spoken part of the exam will have the form of a colloquy. Discussion will concern the theoretical issues dealt with in the lectures. Students are also required to deliver a presentation on a given topic in the course of the semester.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

Discourse, context, and text. Analytical framework. Formal and functional analysis.
Written and spoken language.
Text types, text structure; intertextuality.
Genre and style; style markers.
Register and context of situation.
Functions of language.
Cohesion and coherence.
Meaning, communicative convergence.
Co-operative principle, inference, relevance.
Academic discourse and research genres.


Students will learn the methods of analysis of professional English texts based on functional analytical framework. They should be able to determine the qualities of the analyzed discourse and use their knowledge in translating, production of texts and comprehension.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

The content and forms of instruction in the evaluated course are specified by a regulation issued by the lecturer responsible for the course and updated for every academic year.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme AJEI-H Bachelor's

    branch H-AEI , 3. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



13 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Language exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


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