With BA English Language and Linguistics, understand how language is at the heart of human life and its study is crucial to our understanding of ourselves as members of society, as individuals and as a species.
If you are interested in understanding how language works and is applied to different situations, then this course will appeal to you. You will analyse language, its use in different social contexts and settings, online and offline, how it is acquired and used by children and adults, how it is taught, its role in politics and the increasingly globalised world. Our diverse and interdisciplinary portfolio of modules will enable you to explore theories of language in the contemporary world and learn how to apply this knowledge to your future career. We offer a friendly and supportive environment in which you will be able to design a course geared towards your own interests and career objectives.
On this degree course you will develop your knowledge of grammar, phonetics and discourse analysis in order to become a highly skilled user and analyst of the English language. In the third year, you will have the opportunity to carry out your own project for your dissertation or a professional communication project, with one-to-one support from your supervisor. Throughout our programme you will understand how the subject is directly relevant to the workplace and to a range of key issues in contemporary society such as politics, migration, gender and sexuality. 96% of our students say that staff are good at explaining things (National Student Survey, 2020).
Our Department has been a leader in the field for 50 years. We have a long-established tradition in applied linguistics, with research in topics such as language and gender, language and the mind, language and digital media, and language and migration.
As part of your degree, you will be given the opportunity to take a work placement module, focusing either on media or education. Final year students may also opt for a professional communication project, in which they work in groups to plan and implement a project for a company or organisation.
Longer placements are also available in the form of a year-long module, including a workplace-oriented project in your third year in lieu of writing a dissertation. And, as part of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme, you have the chance to work with staff members on their research projects.
Semester or Year Abroad
If you are interested in gaining an international dimension to your degree, then there is also the chance to study abroad for a semester or a full academic year, at universities in Europe, Asia, the USA, Canada and Australia.
For more information, please visit the English Language and Applied Linguistics website.
I can honestly say that I thoroughly enjoyed all my time studying English, mainly due to all the great staff in the Department, who would often go above and beyond the call of duty to help their students. I would recommend the Reading English Language Department to anyone wishing to pursue higher education in linguistics - where students really are given the best chance to achieve great things.