English Language (Single 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.
Topics in Linguistics: Theory in Practice
In this module you will learn something of the intellectual history of linguistics as a discipline, and will get to apply the knowledge and skills you acquire on real world material.
Foundations in English Language Teaching for International Learners
An introduction to key issues and ideas in the teaching and learning of English to and for non-native speakers; improve your language learning by considering how it is taught.
Modern Foreign Language 1
Beginning the study of your chosen foreign language at a university level.
Exploring Creative Writing
is designed to focus on short forms, to get you to realise the importance of making every word have purpose. This module is your first encounter with serious editing and drafting; and we’ll encourage you to understand that strong writing involves making ruthless decisions about what to include, and what to leave out. You will learn to write flash fiction, shaping very short pieces into polished work. You will practise both strict-form and free-verse poetry to develop your ear for voice, and eye for image. You will also start reflecting upon your own creative processes, articulating the reasons for editing decisions you make; and explore the craft behind increasingly popular digital forms of writing, blogging and twitter.
Introduction to English and Adaptation
This module introduces you to the field of literary adaptation – an area of study that bridges English and Film Studies. You will explore adaptations of myths through literature and adaptations of literature from text to screen.
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
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.
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.
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.
Phonetics and Phonology
Investigating the sounds and structures of spoken language, and examining the acoustic landscape of speech.
Varieties of English Language Teaching for International Learners
Consolidating and developing your theoretical knowledge of, and practical skills in, TESOL.
Modern Foreign Language 2
Consolidating and developing your competence in your chosen foreign language.
This module draws on the expertise of DMU’s Centre for Textual Studies to expand your understanding of the history of textual production from manuscript, to print, to digital text. You will make and write with a quill pen, print a poem using moveable type and a hand-operated printing press, and learn to create a scholarly digital text online.
This module will enable students to explore, through creative practice, the role place has as a major stimulant in writing. Students will write fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction in a variety of forms in order to explore the creative resources offered by local history, regional myths, environmental issues and hidden histories. There will be a keen focus upon ‘world building’, and emphasis upon the importance of research to writers.
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.
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.
English Language for Specific and Professional Purposes
The final year of study seeks to prepare you to move from TESOL student to effective, professional TESOL teacher.
Modern Foreign Language 3
Expanding and refining your foreign language skills and knowledge to final-year standard.
Professional Writing Skills
This module provides students with a range of professional knowledge and skills. Students will work on a publication to professional standard in print or online format, develop skills in oral presentation, and explore aspects of professional practice. The skills and knowledge gained on this course will not only be of value to creative writing practitioners, but will also be of advantage in a range of career options.
NB: Students must have taken ‘Exploring Creative Writing’ and ‘Writing Place’ at levels 4 and 5 to take this module.
Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current