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English as a Foreign Language

English is widely learned as a second language across the world. It is the leading language of international discourse in many regions and it's the official language of the European Union. This course is designed for students with an IELTS score of 6 or above and equips you with the linguistic skills to travel and work among English-speaking people, and also to explore their history and culture. Modules emphasise the vocational opportunities afforded by the study of a foreign language and are taught in English.

Year-by-year summary

First year

Your first year will combine compulsory intensive language modules with options such as Approaches and Methods in Language Teaching, Language, Society and Power or The Making of Modern Britain. These will provide you with a solid foundation for your following years of English study, leading to proficiency in spoken and written English.

Second year

Language study continues to form the main component of the programme, but you will also be able to choose from a number of optional modules including translating and interpreting, language in the media, practice in language teaching or the language learning curriculum.

Third year

Alongside Advanced English Language you can continue to study translating, interpreting and/or language teaching modules during your final year. You also have the opportunity register for the Work-based Language Placement module in the final year, in which you earn your credits by volunteering in a English-speaking organisation, a local school as a language mentor or even at Roehampton as a language support assistant.

Teaching methods

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops
  • Group projects
  • Supervised independent research

Assessment methods

  • Essays
  • Oral presentations
  • Exams
  • Placement portfolio

The year abroad is assessed by the host university or through an employer's report.

Typical timetable

Students typically spend 12 hours a week in lectures, seminars and language classes. In addition they are expected to devote at least another 20 hours a week to independent study. Much of this time will be spent in the University's multimedia Languages Centre.

Example modules

  • Political and Economic Organisations and Institutions in Europe
  • The Language Learning Curriculum 1 and 2
  • Language Issues in Multilingual Settings
  • The Language Learner

Career options

Our graduates are in demand for a variety of careers in media and communications, business, industry and the public sector. Recent graduates have also travelled abroad to teach English as a Foreign Language.



Combined Honours

Combined honours

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements »

General entry requirements »


Media, Culture and Language »


Full-time: 3 years; Part-time: by arrangement

Tuition fees

£8,750 (2014; UK/EU) »

£11,500 (2014; International) »

Cash scholarships and bursaries available »

Programme outline

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Business Management [QN32] »

Related courses

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) »

Modern Languages - Translation »

English Language and Linguistics »

Modern Languages »

Further information

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