SPH101 Speech, Language, and Culture (8)

This subject encourages students to explore their understanding of speech, language, and culture through self reflection, analysis and discussion of theory plus numerous practical tasks. Students will then apply this understanding to the analysis of samples of spoken interaction involving people with, and without, communication difficulties.


Session 3 (90)
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: SPH101. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Community Health

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify and compare institutional and academic perspectives on speech, language and culture;
  • be able to apply knowledge of linguistics, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics, to analyse speech and language;
  • be able to identify and describe social, cultural and geographic language varieties and the role of language standardisation and subordination on language attitudes;
  • be able to use the International Phonetic Alphabet to transcribe Standard Australian English speech; and
  • be able to describe the linguistic context of Australia, and discuss and provide examples of processes of language and cultural contact within Australia


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Definitions of, and connections between, speech, language and culture
  • Phonetics and the International Phonetic Alphabet
  • Language Components: phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Language and Culture in Australia

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of SPH101 in Session 3 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Weekly tasks
Ipa transcription exam
Theory exam

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.