English Language (Joint Honours) BA (Hons) module details
Year one (Level 4)
Words in Action
Introduction to Grammar and Linguistics – this module introduces you to the key concepts of linguistics as a discipline, developing the foundation level of knowledge and skills you will build on in later years.
An Introduction to Histories of Language – using the past, present and future of English as the core subject, we examine the various forces (social, political, cultural and technological) which cause a language to develop over time.
Year two (Level 5)
Language in the real world; an examination of how language reflects and is shaped by the environment in which it is used
Structure and Meaning in Language
How is language constructed? How does it give rise to meaning? This module builds on the first year modules to further develop your skills of analysing language and what it is made up of.
Language in Context
An introduction to pragmatics and the gap between what we say and what we mean.
Teaching English Language
This module provides an overview of both the teaching of English to speakers of other languages and also how English is taught in UK schools.
Year three (Level 6)
English Language Dissertation
An independent research project on a subject of your own choice. This is where you can show us what inspires and interests you about the subject.
English Language in the Workplace (Placement Module)
You will undertake work experience throughout the year and also conduct a study in linguistic anthropology, examining the use of English in a specific context. This module will also develop your presentation and public speaking skills, as well as your general self-confidence and employability.
The focus of this module is how language is acquired. We consider questions such as: How do children acquire language? How do you acquire a second language? Is bilingual acquisition different from acquiring just one language?
Language, Mind and Culture
On this module, you will examine the complex relationship between language, thought and culture, considering, for instance, if the language you speak affects how you think.
Powerful Language: An Introduction To Rhetoric
The tools of effective, persuasive communication have been studied for over two millennia; what is now presented as advertising, PR, ‘news management’ or ‘spin’ has in previous centuries been known as ‘rhetoric’. This module considers rhetoric both in theory and in practice.
Perception, Persuasion, Power: Communication and Control
This module examines the techniques of persuasive communication as they are employed in the real world in a variety of domains, including propaganda, political discourse, advertising and interrogation.
Textual Studies Using Computers
On this module you will use computers to tackle questions like: Who had the larger vocabulary, Shakespeare or Austen? Or, is it true that c and k are the funniest letters? With hands-on experience of how computers store and process literary texts, you will devise your own project to ask and answer original questions that shed new light on literature.
Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current