Language is at the heart of human life. An ever-changing medium of communication, its study is crucial to our understanding of ourselves as members of society, as individuals and as a species. At the University of Reading we offer you the opportunity to study the first two aspects of this complex form of human behaviour in depth, with the additional option of being able to focus on the area of English Language Teaching (ELT), an internationally acknowledged strength in our Department. Our attractive choice of optional modules enables you to specialise and play to your strengths. If you are interested in gaining an international dimension to your degree, then there is also the chance to study abroad for one year in an English medium institution or to undertake a year working abroad. We offer a small and friendly environment in which you will be able to thrive.