English Language and Linguistics with Foundation BA (Hons)

University of Reading

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**Develop an expert appreciation of how the English language works, and its use within our increasingly globalised world, with the University of Reading’s BA English Language and Linguistics with Foundation.**This four-year programme includes a foundation year that leads directly into the three-year course. It provides an excellent route to a degree in English language and linguistics if you do not have the typical entry qualifications.Are you interested in understanding how language works and is applied in different situations? An ever-changing medium, language is crucial to our understanding of ourselves as members of society, as individuals, and as a species.You will explore language in a range of different social contexts and settings — both online and offline — including how it’s taught, how it’s acquired by children and adults, and how it’s used by different cultural and societal groups. Our department has been a leader in the field of English language studies and linguistics for more than 50 years. By studying with us, you will:• acquire core skills in analysing language, including the description of sounds, phonetics, grammar, semantics and discourse analysis• gain knowledge of a range of sociolinguistic and psycholinguistic perspectives• explore theories of language in the contemporary world, and their impact on key issues such as politics, migration, gender and sexuality.Learn from experts with a long-established tradition of producing cutting-edge research in topics such as language and gender, language and mind, language and digital media, and language and migration.**Your learning structure**The aim of the foundation year is to prepare you for your English language and linguistics degree. As you progress, each stage builds on your prior learning:• **Foundation year:** gain a thorough grounding in study at degree level. Core modules will develop key skills to support your learning.• **First year:** gain a broad overview of the scope of English language, and knowledge of sounds, grammar and semantics.• **Second year:** build on your expertise in analysing language and sociolinguistic theory and practice. Choose from a broad range of optional modules to pursue more specialised areas of personal interest.• **Third year:** undertake a dissertation or professional communication project, applying key aspects of theory you’ve learned to an area which interests you personally. You will be supported by one-to-one supervision.You’ll be taught through a range of lectures, seminars and workshops, with the opportunity to share your work with peers, engaging in collaborative and stimulating discussion. **Placement opportunities with BA English Language and Linguistics with Foundation**As part of the course, you’ll have the opportunity to undertake a work placement module, focusing on either media or education.**Study Abroad**If you are interested in gaining an international dimension to your degree, you will have the opportunity to study abroad for a term or full academic year. We have partner universities in Europe, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan and Canada.To find out more, visit our Study Abroad site.**Careers for BA English Language and Linguistics with Foundation graduates**Your degree will help you to gain transferable skills such as critical thinking, language teaching and negotiation, which are valued in a range of sectors. As such, 90% of graduates from our department are in work or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE survey, 2016–17). Graduates of our department have found careers in a variety of fields. These include:• teaching (both in the UK and abroad)• speech and language therapy• publishing• event coordination• journalism• speech writing• the Civil Service• me

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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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