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English Language and Linguistics

Cardiff University
Program overview
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
17,700 GBP
Start dates
Cardiff
17,700 GBP
September 2020

Cardiff
September 2021

Program description

English Language and Linguistics

Our English Language and Linguistics degree combines the systematic study of the human capacity for language in all its expressions across the world with an added focus on the English language.

You will learn about all aspects of human language and how linguistic knowledge is acquired, produced and understood in different contexts. . You will discover what all languages have in common, what distinguishes them and how they change over time. You will also come to appreciate varieties in language, including historical changes, accents, distinct social registers as well as differences between spoken and written language.

Acquiring career-enhancing skills, you will become adept in producing multimodal texts (think websites, blogs and magazine covers) using specific software packages. You will gain skills from analysing numerical data or speech in phonetics to deciphering patterns in large collections of written and/or spoken language known as corpora.

We have specialist modules with careers in education, the media, health, and the legal process in mind.  Our community is welcoming, international in outlook and home to the globally respected Centre for Language and Communication Research. We pride ourselves on nurturing a friendly, personalised and supportive environment, with regular one-to-one meetings.

Studying for a degree in English Language and Linguistics develops abilities to analyse and critique the language that surrounds us but also helps develop a strong skillset. Our graduates are known for their ability to combine the best of humanities (like communicating effectively) with the best of social science skills (technical analysis through systematic and critical handling of data for instance).

Admission requirements

Typical A level offer

BBB-BBC. Please note, General Studies and Critical Thinking will not be accepted. 

Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.


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Program content

  • How Language Works 1
  • How Language Works 2
  • Language and the Mind
  • Reading and Writing in the Digital Age
  • Developing English: History and Society
  • Understanding Communication
  • Drama: Stage and Page
  • Star-cross'd Lovers: the Politics of Desire
  • Transforming Visions: Text and Image
  • Critical Reading and Critical Writing
  • Transgressive Bodies in Medieval Literature
  • Ways of Reading
  • Sounds of Speech
  • Words and Meaning
  • Children, Language and Communication
  • Research Methods
  • Discourse
  • Sociolinguistics
  • History of English
  • Digital Literacy and Language
  • Style and Genre
  • ENCAP Employability Module
  • Forensic Linguistics
  • Language Learning and Teaching
  • Functions of Grammar
  • Communicating in Relationships
  • Communication Disorders
  • Dissertation in Language and Communication 1
  • Dissertation in Language and Communication 2
  • Extended Dissertation
  • Patterns of Language
  • Media Discourse
  • The Graphic Memoir
  • Professional and Intercultural Communication
  • Language and Popular Culture
  • Phraseology in Theory and Application
  • International Study Abroad (60 credits) Autumn

Tuition fees

The full tuition fees for UK and EU Students is £9,000.The tuition fees for Students from outside the EU is £17,700

Qualification

What skills will I practise and develop?

As a result of engaging fully with this course, you will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills, both those which are discipline specific and more generic ‘employability skills’. These will allow you to:

  • Grasp complex issues with confidence.
  • Ask the right questions of complex texts.
  • Have an imaginative appreciation of different views and options and analyse these critically.
  • Identify and apply relevant data.
  • Propose imaginative solutions of your own that are rooted in evidence.
  • Communicate clearly, concisely and persuasively in writing and speech.
  • Work to deadlines and priorities, managing a range of tasks at the same time.
  • Learn from constructive criticism and incorporate its insights.
  • Work as part of a team, developing a collaborative approach to problem-solving.
  • Use IT programmes and digital media, where appropriate.
  • Take responsibility for your own learning programme and professional development.

Knowledge & Understanding

Students completing the Programme will demonstrate:

  • Ability to analyse and discuss core areas of English language and linguistics, including phonetics, grammar, semantics, pragmatics and discourse analysis.
  • Ability to identify and interpret a range of empirical linguistic phenomena and to use the relevant descriptive terminology.
  • Ability to conceptualize the central role of language in constructing and perpetuating structures of power.
  • Ability to analyse and assess how different social and cultural contexts affect the nature of language and meaning.

Intellectual Skills

Students completing the Programme will demonstrate:

  • Ability to critically evaluate ideas, arguments and empirical research.
  • Ability to present information and ideas clearly and coherently in both written and oral formats.

Professional Practical Skills

Students completing the Programme will be able to:

  • Ability to collect, evaluate, synthesise and interpret qualitative and/or quantitative data.
  • Ability to evaluate the impact of language use in a given context.

Transferable/Key Skills

Students completing the Programme will demonstrate:

  • Ability to sustain a critical argument that is responsive to the particular conventions of the genre.
  • Confidence to tackle unfamiliar software packages and acquire new IT skills.

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