English Language Studies BA (Hons)
COURSE INFORMATION (2013 ENTRY)
3 years full-timeArts, Design and Social Sciences
Squires Building, Newcastle City Campus
This programme is designed for students who are interested in taking an in-depth look at the English language and draws on a number of different disciplines, in the analysis of the structural, sociolinguistic psychological and historical dimensions of the language.
The degree offers students the chance to look in detail at the structure of English – its sounds, words and sentences – and seeks to equip them with the intellectual skills and knowledge to answer questions such as:- How does English work? - What is its role in society? - What is its relationship with the mind and thinking?
Through engaging with such questions, students will develop more general skills, such as collecting and evaluating data, solving problems and thinking critically. Each semester students take a number of optional modules which enables them to specialise in an area of interest. Students may also take optional modules in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and those who take TESOL modules throughout their degree and who write their dissertation on a TESOL topic, can graduate with the degree of BA (Hons) English Language Studies with TESOL.
LEARNING AND TEACHING METHODS
Throughout the programme intellectual and transferable skills are practised and demonstrated through seminars, workshops and subject specific small groups. Knowledge and understanding is developed via a range of lectures focusing on particular areas of theoretical and applied linguistics.
The first year aims to build student confidence and to embed basic skills and competencies, the second year develops knowledge and understanding of the discipline and introduces employability skills. The third year encourages critical reflection, provides an opportunity to develop an area of expertise based on your personal interests and further develops transferable and employability skills.
You will be assessed through written coursework, dissertation, examinations, portfolios, poster presentations, learning diaries, analyses of transcribed language and reports of ethnographic studies.
As well as continuing with postgraduate education, our graduates will pursue careers in education, teaching in the UK and overseas, business, the civil service, human resources, finance and specialised areas such as journalism, publishing, advertising, marketing, media, PR and communications.
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