English Language is a two year linear course that explores topics associated with English Language such as how we acquire it from birth, how it varies in different regions and how English is structured. If you are interested in why people talk and write like they do, or are curious about the social and historical contexts in which texts are produced, you should really enjoy studying English Language.
The first year of the course will provide a varied introduction to English Language studies. There will be exploration of different texts in order to consider some of the issues and debates in relation to the social contexts of how we use English. Question such as whether there is a ‘proper’ English or whether we use language differently according to occupation, gender and ethnicity. Another important element of study will be about writing creatively about language issues responding to some key debates.
The second year will provide you with the opportunity to study different aspects of how the English language has changed over time (from 1600 onwards) and how we both use it the present day and around the world. You will be able to analyse written and spoken language, conduct mini-investigations into language use and write your own texts for particular contexts, audiences and purposes. You will carry out a substantial research study into an aspect of language related to your own interests.