BA English Language
This is a
3-year degree which enables you to combine a range of options dealing with
sounds, structures meaning and use in
English with a further range of options looking at accents and dialects of
British English, at varieties of English spoken round the world, at how English
has changed and is continuing to change over the course of time, at how English
is used in conversation and in the media, at how children acquire English and so
on. It is suitable both for students who have an A-level in English, and
for those who don’t. In each year of the degree, you take four modules.
Details of the structure of each year are given below. (Click on relevant module titles for
further details of individual modules).
Your First Year
Your first year is a foundation year in which you learn about linguistic techniques used to analyse a variety of
aspects of the structure, use, acquisition and processing of English (and can
additionally choose to take an option in teaching English as a foreign language,
if you wish). You take the following four modules:
Your Second Year
Your second year is a consolidation year in which we build on and extend the foundation acquired in your first year
while also preparing you for the specialist options you are to take in your
final year. You take four modules (or more if your selection includes
half-options) chosen from the set of options specified
||A look regional and social dialects, language in public arenas (e.g.
courts, healthcare), discourse, bilingualism and code-mixing etc.
Researching Language Variation
||A hands-on module in which you devise, conduct, analyse and present
a research project on speech in the local community
Modern Languages Option
||Click on the link for details of the range of English Language/Modern
Modern Languages Option or
|This could be another English Language option, or an English
Language Teaching option, or a Linguistics option, or a Project, or an
option in a Modern Language or another subject or an outside option
Your Final Year
Your final year is a specialisation year in which you choose a range of
specialist options, and take four modules (or more if your selection includes
half-options) chosen from the set of options
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Last modified on 09 January 2013.