In Year 1, through our module Language: Research and Analysis you will develop the basic knowledge, concepts and skills necessary for the detailed study of language through the rest of your programme. You will apply these skills to researching and discovering the history of English in The Origins of English; and you will explore how language is used to construct identity and power relations in everyday speech and public discourses in Introduction to Sociolinguistics and Pragmatics. You will join with the Creative Writing students to explore the power of language further through Writing, Performance and Persuasion. At the end of the year you will complete a practical project and go on a professional placement to help you develop your future employability and relate your studies to the world of work.
In your second year our module Research Methods for Linguistics will train you in more specialised advanced research skills and you will then have the opportunity to apply these through studying a broader range of linguistic topics, including Child Language Acquisition and the development of English from Shakespeare’s English to Global Englishes. You will also continue to explore different aspects of language use and language variation in society through Sociolinguistics and Pragmatics 2. You will have the opportunity to broaden your perspective on language by taking Spanish: Language and Culture, or studying Shakespearean Drama, or Constructions of Gender, or developing your creative side through a Creative Writing Workshop module. Again at the end of the year you will go on a professional placement to gain valuable skills and experience to take forward to your future career.
In your final year all the research and analytical skills that you have developed through your programme will go into producing a Dissertation on a linguistic topic of your choice. You will also explore more specialised applications of linguistics through Applied Linguistics; and you will have the opportunity, through our practical Skills for TESOL module, to think about how to apply your knowledge about language through problem-solving in teaching English to speakers of other languages. You can develop your interest in language acquisition further through studying Bilingualism and Multilingualism and continue to analyse language in social use through Sociolinguistics and Pragmatics 3. Alongside these linguistic topics, you can also continue your development as a creative writer through taking Creative Writing Workshop 3: Experimental Writing, and there is an option to do a third professional placement on a part-time basis through the year.
On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following: