De Montfort University

Degree level: Undergraduate

English Language

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Course summary

We live in a world governed and connected by technology. At DMU we believe that you should study the nature of the 'wired' environment and how it influences who you are. As part of our approach to digital humanities, you will have the opportunity to see how communication and language operate on web-based platforms, and how the application of digital tools and methods can deepen the knowledge of your chosen subject area. Your first year will introduce you to the study of language in general, how sounds become words and how words are put together to create meaning. You will develop your ability to take language apart as well as learn how to put it together to create clear, effective communication. Second and third year options include teaching English, a final-year work placement module and the opportunity to study material such as propaganda and interrogation, pragmatics – which looks at the gap between what we say and what we mean – psycholinguistics, and the political, social and cultural roles of language. The language you speak shapes the world you see. This degree helps you understand both better, and to make connections between what you study and what goes on in the world beyond the classroom. Key features:

  • With a wide range of highly specialised modules, you can study the theories and practice of English language in detail, as well as tailor your learning to your specific interests and career ambitions. Modules you can choose from include Sociolinguistics, English Language in UK Schools, Textual Studies Using Computers and Language, Mind and Culture.
  • You will study a range of topics, including words in action, a foreign language, sociolinguistics, corpus linguistics and TESOL.
  • Develop a global understanding of the English language through our international experience programme, DMU Global. Students have previously explored ekphrastic writing and themes of oppression in Berlin, and visited TED HQ and key literary locations in New York.
  • Evolve a range of transferrable skills that are valuable to a variety of career paths. Our graduates have gone on to work at Meisei University in Tokyo, the Department of Transport, communications agencies and schools in the UK and overseas.
  • Visiting lecturers have included world-renowned expert of forensic linguistics Dr John Olsson, while organised trips to professional events have seen students visit the London Language Show.
  • Gain workplace abilities and experience by putting your research, reasoning and communication skills into practice on a placement or extracurricular internship during your degree.

Course details

Modules

"First year: • Words in Action: an introduction to Grammar and Linguistics • Evolving Language: an Introduction to the Histories of Language • Approaches to Reading and Writing • Foundations in English Language Teaching for International Learners • Introduction to the Novel • Exploring Creative Writing • Modern Language 1 Second year: • Sociolinguistics • Grammar: Analysing Linguistic Structure • Semantics: Analysing Linguistic Meaning • Phonetics and Phonology • Research Methods for Linguists • Language in Context • Pragmatics in the Real World • English Language in UK Schools • Introducing English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) • Varieties of English Language Teaching for International Learners • Text Technologies • Writing Place • Modern Language 2 Third year: • English Language Dissertation • English Language in the Workplace (Placement Module) • Language Acquisition • Language, Mind and Culture • Powerful Language: An Introduction To Rhetoric • Perception, Persuasion, Power: Communication and Control • Corpus Linguistics • Textual Studies using Computers • English Language for Specific and Professional Purposes • Professional Writing Skills • Modern Language 3"

Assessment method

"Overview: You will be taught by staff with a wide range of knowledge and experience in English Language and linguistics (theoretical, applied, and historical), modern foreign languages, English literature, English as a foreign language, history, international relations and American studies. Members of the team are engaged in a wide range of research projects which feed directly into our teaching. The staff who teach you also demonstrate a deep commitment to high-quality teaching and learning, as evidenced by the holding of awards from the Higher Education Authority and Vice-Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award. In the final year you have the opportunity to do a work placement module. Contact hours: You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (e.g. presentations, essays and reports). Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however, in your first year you will normally attend around 10 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 25 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research."


How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
Q315
Institution code:
D26
Campus name:
Leicester Campus
Campus code:
Y

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements


Unistats information

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72%
Student satisfaction
55%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
80%
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £14250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £14250 Year 1

Additional fee information

For students registering in the 2022/23 academic year, the fees for this programme are yet to be confirmed. Please note that fees are subject to an annual review. Any increase in fees for Home students would be based upon a review of our provision and in line with the fee cap set by the government. For EU and Overseas students such reviews will be based on a market assessment and communicated to students at least 6-months before any programme commencing. Please visit the tuition fees pages of our website for further information: dmu.ac.uk/funding
English Language at De Montfort University - UCAS