Welcome to the Department of Language and
Our Department has a 40-year tradition of
excellence in English language, linguistics, teaching English as a
foreign language (TEFL), English language teaching (ELT) and the teaching of
modern foreign languages.
We have an international reputation for our
in theoretical and descriptive linguistics, psycholinguistics,
sociolinguistics, applied linguistics and ELT. In the
2008 Research Assessment
Exercise, we were rated as having the highest proportion of
Linguistics research which is “world-leading in terms of originality,
significance and rigour” of any university in England.
Our world-leading research means that you are taught by
staff who are among the most
eminent scholars in their fields in the world. The quality of our teaching is
reflected in the excellent scores we achieved in the
student satisfaction surveys.
In Modern Languages
we offer a wide range of programmes in French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish.
Arabic and Mandarin Chinese. All our staff are native (or bilingual) speakers, which means that you
are immersed in the kind of authentic language learning environment
which is so vital to improving confidence and proficiency. Our courses have a
triple focus on developing proficiency, cultural awareness and professional
skills (not only translation skills, but also web and publishing skills, and
film production and video editing skills). We offer a flexible
curriculum which allows you to choose how many languages you want to
learn (one? two? three? four?), and what pace you want to learn at (e.g.
beginner through to mastery).
If you are interested in applying to do a BA, MA or PhD with us, see
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Last modified on 28 February 2013.