English Language year 2 modules

Compulsory modules

English Grammar 

This module expands students’ core knowledge of grammar gained in first year. The chief goal is to familiarize students with the concepts and terminology used to describe the structure of English phrases and sentences, and instruct them in the rudiments of grammatical analysis and argumentation. The module will equip students with a critical understanding of the categories of traditional grammar and their various treatments in contemporary linguistics. Students will learn to apply these concepts to the description of genuine written and spoken texts at various levels of analysis.

English Phonetics and Phonology 

The module expands students' core linguistic knowledge gained in first year. The chief goal is to familiarize students with the concepts and terminology used to describe the phonetics and phonology of English, and instruct them in phonological and phonetic analysis. We will cover core concepts in phonetics and phonology, such as allophony, accent variation, and the syllable. Students will learn to explore and apply these concepts in relation to recordings of spoken English and theoretical cases.

Professional Research Skills for Linguists 

On this module, students will work in teams to plan a linguistic research project which responds to a problem or question posed by an employer or an academic researcher. In part A (semester 1) students will put their linguistic expertise to work in exploring and evaluating possible methods and sources of data, while in part B (semester 2) their linguistic expertise will be utilised to gather and analyse data, and to present their findings, orally and in writing. The module will develop important academic and professional skills such as responding to a brief, working as part of a team, and designing an effective research project.

Optional modules (may include)

English Language Options (students choose 4) 

  • Corpus Linguistics 

  • Discourse Analysis

  • History of the English Language

  • Language Acquisition and Literacy 

  • Psycholinguistics

  • Sociolinguistics