Our BA English Language, Language Acquisition and Language Disorders (including Year Abroad) lets you delve into questions like: How do children learn to talk and read? What are the best ways of teaching and learning a foreign language? How do our age, sex, social background and regional origins affect the way we speak? How do accents and dialects come about? How do languages change over the course of time and why? How do we produce and process words and sentences? What are the causes and consequences of different types of language disorders in young children and adults?
This BA enables you to study how children acquire their first language and what language disorders may occur, alongside our descriptive modules in the structure of English sounds, words and sentences. Your first year modules enable you to switch to other BA courses offered by our department, if you wish. You will spend your third year abroad as part of your degree. Provided that this experience is part of a full year Erasmus exchange, your fees will be waived by the University.
Our first-year students take three compulsory modules. Foundations of Psycholinguistics examines the mental processes involved in language comprehension and production as well as language disorders. You take Foundations of Linguistics, which looks at how the sounds, words and sentences of languages are analysed in Linguistics, and Foundations of Sociolinguistics, which explores the relationship between society and language. During your second year you take Psycholinguistics which builds on Foundations of Psycholinguistics and focuses on language processing, either Child Language Acquisition or Second Language Learning, one English language option and a linguistics option. In your final year you take one English language option, one Linguistics option and two acquisition and disorder options.
The special characteristics of our courses are flexibility and choice. In your first year, you usually take four or five modules that include pre-requisite(s) for your course but, in many cases, mean you can try subjects you have not come across before. If you are taking a humanities or social science, then you have the greatest choice, as most of our first-year modules do not assume any specialist knowledge.
With a small number of exceptions, if you successfully complete the first year of your BA, then you are qualified to enter the second year of that course and a range of other courses: for example, if you take economics, politics, philosophy and sociology, then you have a choice of at least nine possible single or joint honours courses at the end of your first year. This means you can change your course, providing you have taken the appropriate pre-requisites and places are available. We offer a range of optional modules in your second- and final-years and most courses allow you to undertake a final-year project, an individual piece of research on a topic that interests you.
We operate a credit framework for our awards, which is based on principles widely used across the UK university sector. Each module has a credit rating attached and our standard three-year course consists of 360 credits (120 credits in your first year, and 240 credits across your second and final years).
Please note that module information on our course finder provides a guide to course content and may be subject to review on an annual basis.
Foundations of Linguistics;
Foundations of Psycholinguistics;
Foundations of Sociolinguistics; and
one linguistics, language or social science option
Child Language Acquisition or Second Language Learning;
one English language option; and
one linguistics option
One English language option;
one linguistics option; and
two acquisition and disorders options
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IELTS band : 6
To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you totake an IELTS test. More About IELTS
English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall with minimum 5.5 in each component (or equivalent). Different requirements apply for second year entry.
No work experience is required.
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