You will study four core modules:
This module provides a grounding in the analysis of the lexis and grammar of English. You will be introduced to essential concepts and terminology in the field, and gain practice in analysing naturally-occurring language using the models (e.g. Systemic-Functional Grammar) discussed. There is some emphasis on the application of such analysis to the study of language in social context.
Social and Psychological Aspects of Language
This module provides an introduction to the main sociological and psychological aspects of language use and language development. One half of the course will introduce and discuss concepts and issues in the field of Sociolinguistics; the other will explore issues in Psycholinguistics. Sociolinguistic topics will include: ‘standard’ language and dialectal variety, linguistic variation by social context / purpose, language and social class, language policy and planning. Psycholinguistic topics will include: Universal Grammar, the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, 1st and 2nd language acquisition, language development.
Exploring English Grammar or Syllabus and Materials Design
- Exploring English Grammar: In this module, you gain a deeper understanding of the workings of English grammar. The module is informed by a usage-based, constructional approach to language. It highlights variation and gradience in the English grammatical system and provides you with the skills and knowledge to analyse and discuss “problematic” data. You learn diagnostics for grammatical categorisation which can be applied to authentic data, drawn from electronic corpora. We also discuss how categories and constructions emerge and change (i.e. where gradience comes from). The module addresses how these ideas might feed into the classroom context, and provides you with transferable skills in using corpora in grammar teaching.
- Syllabus and Materials Design: This module considers the problems involved in reconciling syllabus and materials design with what is known about the process of language learning and the attempts of established approaches to language syllabus design to solve such problems. The module examines a variety of approaches, including some relatively radical solutions, e.g. the establishment of a pedagogic corpus, the use of a task-based methodology, and the development of analytical exercises.
Research Methods in Applied Linguistics
This module aims to provide you with a grounding in methods and approaches to research in Applied Linguistics.
You will also choose three optional modules from a range which may include the following:
In the spring term -
- Cognitive Linguistics and Language Learning
- Corpus Assisted Language Learning
- Corpus Linguistics
- English as a Global Language
- Issues and Approaches in English for Academic Purposes
- Intercultural Communication
- Language and Gesture
- Language and New Media
- Language and the Senses
- Language, Gender and Identity
- Psycholinguistics in TESOL
- Teacher Training
- Vocabulary and Phraseology
For more information, see our English Language and Applied Linguistics module descriptions.
Please note that one of your spring term options will be linked to the Research Methods module for assessment purposes and will appear on your transcript as 'Research Methods in Applied Linguistics'.
Please note that the optional modules listed on the website for this programme are intended to be indicative, and the availability of optional modules may vary from year to year. Where a module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you to make other choices.