The course covers topics such as how we acquire it from birth, how it varies according to factors like accent, gender, ethnicity and how and why English has become a global language. 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 will really enjoy studying English Language.
The first year of the course will provide a varied introduction to English Language studies. You will explore different genres of texts in a variety of modes (spoken, written and computer-mediated ones such as blogs, forums and websites) in order to consider some of the wider social issues related to how we use English in certain ways. You will also have the opportunity to write creatively to persuade, tell stories to or inform your chosen audience, in addition to reflecting on your work critically.
The second year focuses on studying changes to the English language over time, how English has become an important global language and how we learn to read and write. You will analyse real examples of language in use, conducting mini-investigations and research projects and evaluating different points of view proposed by linguists. You will also carry out an investigation into an aspect of language related to your own interests whether that is the language of football commentaries or the changing representation of women in advertising.