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.

Evolving Language
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)

Sociolinguistics
Language in the real world; an examination of how language reflects and is shaped by the environment in which it is used

Grammar: Analysing linguistic structure
How are words and sentences put together? This module builds on the first year modules to further develop your skills in grammatical analysis.

Semantics: Analysing linguistic meaning
What are meanings made of? An examination of the complex subject of linguistic meaning, and the study of the various ways in which we communicate (or fail to communicate) clearly and unambiguously.

Phonetics and Phonology
Investigating the sounds and structures of spoken language, and examining the acoustic landscape of speech.

Research Methods for Linguists
How do we study language? This module introduces you to a variety of different approaches and investigative tools that will make you a much more effective student.

Language in Context
An introduction to pragmatics and the gap between what we say and what we mean.

English Language in UK Schools
An introduction to the issues and debates surrounding English Language as a subject in the UK system, of particular interest to those considering a career in teaching.

Introducing English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
This module introduces students to some of the principles, methods and practices of teaching English to speakers of other languages.

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.

Language Acquisition
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.

Corpus Linguistics
This module introduces students to using large digital collections of natural language as a linguistic research tool. You will examine topics such as dialectal differences in grammar and vocabulary (e.g. between American and British English) and how words’ connotations may be influenced by other, frequently co-occurring words.

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

 
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