Research course

Language as a Social Semiotic in Learning and Teaching

Open University · Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent).

Months of entry


Course content

A key focus of work in the Language and Literacies Research Cluster is a social semiotic approach to learning and teaching. Our research explores language use across academic subject areas and among users, and the implications for students and teachers. Projects to date have focused on learning and teaching in higher education in applied subject areas, including health and social care, education, and media studies. The work draws on systemic functional linguistics and a number of related theories to locate language as a primary semiotic mode in the increasingly multimodal world of education.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36 months
      part time
      72 months
      • EdD
        part time
        36 months

        Course contact details

        Mrs Anne Foward
        +44 (0)1908 655364