Year one modules

Compulsory modules:

Language Works A

The emphasis in this module is on one of the two key approaches to understanding the English language; (the complementary strand, with which there will be some cross-referencing, is presented in Language Works B). This module introduces students to considerations of language in use, covering child language acquisition, language variation, standardisation, language education, and text and discourse analysis.
(20 credits)

Language Works B

The emphasis in this module is on one of the two key approaches to understanding the English language; (the complementary strand, with which there will be some cross-referencing, is presented in Language Works A). This module concerns the concepts and technical terminology used to describe the characteristics of the language. This descriptive strand provides a grounding in the phonology, morphology, grammar and lexis of English.
(20 credits)

Practice of Writing

By practising text production, students will be enabled further to improve their understanding of different genres and styles. They will assemble a portfolio of texts they have written themselves as well as commentaries on the texts of others and be expected to give an oral presentation of their work, using appropriate presentation techniques. The module will provide insight into the practical issues facing anyone who tries to edit, improve or correct the writing of others.
(20 credits)

Text and Genre

This module offers students an opportunity to continue the study of text and genre which they will have experienced at A-level. Students look at different genres of English text (including journalism, business, technical and academic English), learning to identify characteristics of different genres and to evaluate examples using theoretical models of text structure, grammatical and lexical patterning, register and style. In the project, they demonstrate their competence by analysing and critiquing a body of texts which they have identified as belonging to a genre, or to contrasting genres.
(20 credits)

Investigating Language

This module is designed to introduce students to some key skills in carrying out language research, including: critical reading; writing a literature review; and citing and referencing conventions. The module also covers different methods which are used in language research, such as: questionnaires, interviews, discourse analysis and corpus analysis. At the end of each term, students are able to put these skills into practice in conducting and writing up research projects.  Designing their own projects gives students the opportunity to focus on their own areas of particular interest, and collecting and analysing their own new data means that the projects are exciting, with the potential to find out something new in the discipline. Through its theoretical and practical introduction to the methodologies and objectives of language-studies research, the module provides a strong foundation for further independent research in the second and third years.
(20 credits)

Module Outside the Main Discipline:

There is a vast selection of different options available to be taken as MOMDs each year.

A few examples of the sorts of modules enjoyed by our students are:

  • Italian Beginners' Language
  • Foundations of Politics
  • Making Culture: New Ways of Reading Things
  • The History of Philosophy
  • Landmarks in European Film
  • Art and Contexts