The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.
You will be introduced to the descriptive aspects of English, such as its phonology (sound system), morphology (word formation) and grammar in the ‘Sounds, Structures and Words’ module and will examine some of the key theoretical approaches to Language study in ‘Theories of Language’. In your other core modules you will be introduced to corpus linguistics, develop your own writing and begin to explore ways of doing research into English Language: ‘Introduction to Corpus Linguistics’, ‘The Practice of Writing’ and ‘Investigating Language’. You will also take a Module Outside your Main Discipline.
Detailed descriptions of BA English Language first year modules
Building on your first-year work, the core module, English Grammar, will provide you with a thorough grounding in technical aspects of the language. You will also take a ‘Research Skills in English Language’ module in which you will develop your group and individual research skills. Your other four modules will be optional from a selection from modules such as:
- History of the English Language
- English Phonetics and Phonology
- Lexical Semantics
- Analysing Discourse
Detailed descriptions of BA English Language second year modules
The core element of your final year is a research project, either as a 12,000 word Dissertation or 6,000 word Language Investigation, in which you will carry out research in an area of your choosing with staff supervision. Your other final year modules will be options from a range of modules such as:
- English Language Teaching
- Discourse and Society
- Health and Discourse
- Language, Gender and Identity
- Language and the Mind
- Clinical Linguistics
- Language and New Media
- Exploring Linguistic Diversity
Detailed descriptions of BA English Language final year modules
Study Abroad opportunities
As a student in the Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics you can spend either a semester or a year abroad at one of our carefully selected partner universities, where we have close personal ties with academic staff and a good knowledge of their programme in English Language. Potential destinations include, but are not limited to, the University of Bari, Italy, the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA, the University of Melbourne, Australia and the VU Amsterdam, Holland.