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    7 (English)
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    BA (Hons)

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Course Summary

Language is at the heart of human life and its study is crucial to our understanding of ourselves as members of society, as individuals and as a species.If you are interested in understanding how language works and is applied to different contexts and situations, then this course will greatly appeal to you. You will analyse language, its use in different social contexts and settings, on and off line, and how it is acquired and used by children and adults.During the degree you will develop your knowledge of grammar and phonetics in order to become a highly skilled user and analyst of the English language. Our method of applying the theory you learn to real-life situations will help you to understand that theory – and also show how the subject is directly relevant to many key issues in twenty-first-century society and the workplace. Our department has been a leader in the field for 50 years.In your first year you will undertake modules which will help you understand how the English Language is used. These modules include "Sounds, grammar and meaning", "English language in society"‚ "Techniques and skills in applied linguistics" and "English language in use" (optional). The second-year modules "English grammar", "English phonology" and "Sociolinguistics" will provide you with an in-depth understanding of applications and theories, while the module ‘Applying English Language Studies’ will build your research and transferable skills. In your second year you will also have the opportunity to explore various topics for example "Child language development", "Language and gender" and "Core issues in English language teaching". In the third year, you will have the opportunity to carry out your own small-scale project for your dissertation, with one-to-one advice and support from your supervisor. Also, you can choose diverse and specialised modules such as "English in the world" and "Language and the mind".We equip you with valuable knowledge about language analysis and use, and ensure you develop the best set of transferable skills during your degree. Our innovative placement scheme enables you to take a placement module on languages and literature in media, education or heritage. You may also have the opportunity to work on cutting-edge projects, run by members of staff, through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme. So far, students have worked on projects on multilingualism, corpus linguistics and child language development. You can study either English language and linguistics or English literature as a single honours course. You can combine the two in our BA English Language and Literature course,You can opt to spend a year abroad between your second and final year studying at prestigious universities in great locations in Europe, Australia, Japan and Canada.**Careers**By studying for a degree in English Language you will gain skills relevant to a wide range of careers. These include teaching (both in the UK and abroad), speech therapy, publishing, events co-ordinating, journalism, speech writing, the Civil Service, the media (including advertising, marketing and public relations) and information technology. You may also wish to pursue postgraduate study in a related area.

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  • GCSE/National 4/National 5
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  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)
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  • Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

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£9,250 per year

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About this University

The University of Reading is one of the UK's leading research-intensive universities and is ranked 205 in the world (QS World University Rankings 2020). It has over 150 years of history, with origins as a University of Oxford extension college.


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