English LanguageSchool of Linguistics & English Language - Bangor University
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- Bachelor's degree
English is an important language socially, politically and economically. It is a World language, with an estimated 1,500 million speakers worldwide. English is also the best-described language in the world. The introductory modules for this English Language degree look at issues such as how our language changes according to the context in which it is being used, how men's and women's language use differs, how we acquire language and how and why it breaks down.
What will I study?
Year 1 of the English Language degree
You take between four and six 20-credit modules from the School. You select the remainder of your modules from those offered by other academic Schools and departments. This allows you to continue with a language or other subjects you have enjoyed at school or learn new information technology skills.
Compulsory 20-credit modules:
* Tools for Language Analysis I: sounds and the sound structure of languages (phonetics and phonology); word-structure (morphology)
* Tools for Language Analysis II: sentence structure (grammar, syntax); meaning (semantics and pragmatics)
* Issues in English Language Studies: a general background to the study of the English language and to current issues in this field
* English in Society: regional, social/class-based and historical variation in English
Years 2 and 3
In each of these years you take six 20-credit modules. In year 2, four of these modules are compulsory (Sentence Structure: Syntax; Variation in English; Meaning: Semantics and Pragmatics; and Research Methods and Design) and the remaining two are chosen from the list below. In year 3, you write a dissertation on a topic of your choice, which is equivalent to two 20-credit modules, and the remaining four modules are chosen from the list below:
* Sounds and Sound Structure
* History of English
* Language and Gender
* Teaching English as a Foreign Language
* English and Globalisation
* Forensic Linguistics
* Discourse Analysis
* Applied Linguistics for TEFL
* Bilingualism and Thought
* Speech and Language Disorders
* Phonetics and Variation
Examples of recent dissertation topics include:
The acquisition of consonant clusters by a Down’s syndrome child; Lawyers’ question strategies in the Harold Shipman trials; Pronunciation change in popular music; Metaphors for war during the first Gulf War; Children’s attitudes to accents.
How will I learn?
You will spend about 10 hours in lectures, seminars and tutorials each week. You will also spend time reading, collecting and analysing data (for example working with speech-impaired children and adults) and working on practical tasks in the laboratory. Your dissertation will allow you to investigate a topic of interest in depth and you will work with supervision from a member of staff.
Assessment includes essay writing, practical assignments, oral presentations and examinations.
A degree in English Language and/or Linguistics will increase your knowledge of child language acquisition, speech and language disorders, the history of the English language, teaching English as a foreign language, and your competence in the grammatical structure and use of the English language. Recent graduates have gone on to do further academic study such as the PGCE and postgraduate qualifications leading to speech and language therapy, overseas teaching, and other training in order to pursue careers in social work, police work, immigration work, local government, banking and accountancy, librarianship, media and journalism, creative writing and publishing.
Joint honours degrees
You can study English Language as a Joint Honours Degree with one of the following subjects: Creative Studies, English Literature, French (4 years), German (4 years), Italian (4 years), Journalism, Physical Education, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish (4 years), Sport Science, Welsh.