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The Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics programmes at Reading are internationally recognised. We focus on the English language and applications of applied linguistic theory to the use and learning of English as a first and second language.

Our distinguished staff teach at every level of our programmes; all are active in significant and innovative research and pass on their enthusiasm to their students. Our teaching system encourages our students to discuss ideas with tutors and other students in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. All of our students have access to dedicated study advisors and specialists in academic writing.

Seminar GroupAt undergraduate level, we offer a popular BA programme in English Language, which can be combined with the study of English Literature, or with a modern foreign language. All of our courses provide a solid grounding in a wide range of subjects and approaches, as well giving students the flexibility to pursue individual interests. Students are encouraged to explore theories of language in the contemporary world, and apply this knowledge to the solution of real-world problems. There is also a work placement module that provides invaluable preparation for subsequent careers.

At postgraduate level, we offer taught MA courses in Applied Linguistics, English Language Teaching and Applied Linguistic Research. These courses date back to 1975 and we now have more than 1300 graduates in over 40 countries. These courses are particularly flexible, as they can be followed full- or part-time on campus, or by distance study, or by a combination of both modes of study.

We also have a thriving research community: Particular research strengths include corpus linguistics, literacy, second language acquisition, English language teaching, language and gender, discourse analysis, and phonetics. We are currently supervising a number of PhD students whose topics cover a wide range of fields related to language acquisition and use.  Our graduates have an excellent record in securing academic and research positions.

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