UndergraduateEnglish Language and Linguistics

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  • You will have the opportunity to study TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and language modules.
  • Roehampton is in the top 5 universities in London for graduate earnings in English Language and Linguistics (Longitudinal Education Outcomes, 2017 results, earnings one year after graduation).

Summary

Our BA English Language and Linguistic degree was rated as excellent for the quality of its teaching and for its practical approach to linguistics by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

If you are intrigued by how meaning is communicated through language or you want to gain a deeper understanding of linguistic structure, this course is perfect for you. You will learn how language works, how sounds combine to form words, and words to form sentences, and how people use language in various contexts and for different purposes. From the spoken to the written, from the internet to politics, you will explore language in all its shapes and sizes.

Linguists are concerned with the formal structure of language and with its functions in society. From the sounds children make to the way people speak to the elderly; from media spin to everyday conversations, the language around us contains hints as to its own development and its role in creating the society we live in. To really understand these implications, this programme takes a lively hands-on approach; we pay attention to 'real language'.

We specialise in both theoretical and socio-linguistics. The programme gives attention to formal and functional aspects of language study, providing grounding in structural analysis (grammar, syntax etc.); however, what makes our approach so distinctive is that the emphasis is placed on the sociolinguistic functions of language.

On the course you will examine the range of different types of language use in contemporary British media such as press, television and radio. You’ll cover topics such as advertising discourse and phone-in talk, as well as news reporting and political interviews. There are also opportunities to apply your knowledge of English language and language learning to critically evaluate techniques used to teach different aspects of English and deal with the practical problem of lesson design.

In your first year, you will gain an in-depth understanding of language structures and basic analytic skills and terminology and be introduced to well-established frameworks for linguistic analysis. You will gain knowledge of language structure, the terminology with which to discuss language and linguistic data, and analytical skills. Modules our students can currently study include Accents and Dialects, Language and Society and Language and Power.

In your second year, you’ll explore how language varies according to social and regional factors, examining topics such as attitudes to language; the relation of language to class; regional, gender and ethnic identity, and the influences of peer groups on how languages are used and why we find variation. You will also be introduced to discourse and conversation analysis, Phonetics and Phonology and will look at how language is used in the media.

In your third year, you will study the biological foundations of language and the contributions of both psychology and linguistic theory in the modelling of the processes involved in the production and comprehension of written and spoken language. You can focus on a wide range of contemporary topics, such as examining the ways in which language may be considered to alienate and oppress women, looking in detail at such topics as sexist vocabulary and naming practices. Other modules you may study include Sign Language and the Philosophy of Language.

Here are some of the varied range of modules we currently offer:

Year 1

Compulsory Modules
Introduction to Linguistics
Meaning in Language
Language and Society
Language and Power

Optional Modules
Language Change
Accents and Dialects

Year 2

Core Modules (single honours students choose two of these)
English in its Social Context
Discourse and Conversion Analysis
Words and Sentences 

Optional Modules
Practice in Language Teaching
Language Teaching Methodology
Phonetics and Phonology
Language and Gender
Bilingual Language Use
Pragmatics
Digital Literacies
Language in the Media
Syntax

Year 3

Core Modules (single honours students choose two of these)
English in its Social Context 2
Discourse and Conversion Analysis 2
Phonetics and Phonology
Words and Sentences 2

Optional Modules
Language Acquisition
Semantics
Psycholinguistics
Language Issues in Multilingual Settings
Language Disorders
Sexist Language
Philosophy of Language
The Linguistics of Sign Language
Forensic Linguistics
Second Language Acquisition

 

Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

Graduates can become teachers (after completing a PGCE), professional writers, researchers or managers, or complete further study to become speech and language therapists. The course will give you a head-start in language teaching or journalism.

Life at Roehampton

At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.

We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.

We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.