About the course

How do humans learn language? We’re all experts in our native tongue, so why can it be so hard to become fluent in a language we learn later in life? By understanding how we learn language, we can understand how to teach it.

Through this BA English Language and Applied Linguistics you’ll do both: English language teaching is an integral part of your course, while you’ll also have the opportunity to learn one of five languages – French, Spanish, German, Japanese or Mandarin. All are for beginners or GCSE level (apart from Mandarin), with the exception of Spanish, which can be taken by those who already have A-level Spanish.

This combined programme of English language teaching and language learning will give you an excellent grounding if you plan to teach English as a foreign language following postgraduate teacher training. Alternatively you could be teaching children in primary or secondary schools whose second language is English.

You’ll take two English Language Teaching (ELT) modules each year. In your final year you’ll study Global Englishes and a compulsory project looking at a particular aspect of English Language teaching. This could involve field work or observing teaching and learning methods in a college setting.

Alongside your ELT studies you’ll take a semester in your chosen language, using language laboratories and practising conversation with native speakers wherever possible. You’ll also be introduced to Linguistics, the scientific study of everything to do with language, from its structure to the ways it reflects society, how it’s used, and how it changes over time.

From forensic linguistics to the study of language disorders, what links your courses is our focus on the applied use of English language.

Across all modules you’ll be taught and supported by research-active academics working in cutting-edge areas such as language and gender, formulaic language, corpus studies, bilingualism, bilingual processing and codeswitching. Their research will inform your own final year projects, which allow you to develop your research skills and learn how to collect and analyse data from vast databases of our infinitely rich and complex English language.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 English Language Programme
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 BA (Hons) English Language

Why choose this course?

We give you:

  • A grounding in one of five languages as an integral part of your English language teaching course
  • An optional year’s study abroad in the country of your chosen language
  • A supportive, research-active academic team
  • A flexible programme of study, allowing you to concentrate on areas you find especially interesting
  • Access to huge online databases to underpin your original research projects
  • A guaranteed post-graduation interview with the School of Education

Course details

What job can I get?

Employability is central to everything we do. Over the years many of our graduates have gone into teaching or speech and language therapy, as well as translation, publishing, journalism, marketing, law and business. Many go on to higher levels of study, engaging in research in their chosen fields.

For our English Language and Applied Linguistics students, your grounding in another language opens up a variety of teaching careers after PGCE, including teaching English to non-native speakers. Your language competency is also a valuable addition to your transferable analytical and intellectual skills sought by employers from a wide range of industries.

For those interested in teaching, all Humanities graduates are guaranteed an interview with the School of Education.

Teaching methods

Our English Language students benefit from being part of a supportive, research-active academic community. From tutorials and group work to eye-opening psycholinguistic experiments, we use a range of engaging, student-centred teaching methods to help you work confidently and creatively.

You’ll dive into real-life data, get involved in research and learn from guest experts. You’ll have the opportunity to get involved in activities that will complement your studies, such as working for the student newspaper or radio station. Not only do these enhance your experience, they also make for a more impressive CV.

Work Placement

Work placements enable you to gain valuable experience, explore career possibilities and make useful contacts with a potential future employer. We offer a career development module in your second year that will equip you to take up an English Language teaching work placement - perhaps teaching phonics to primary school pupils or teaching at a special needs school - or become a Stroke Association volunteer. You may also shadow speech and language therapists or help with specialist language teaching in sixth form college.

Study Abroad

Taking a year’s study abroad is an excellent opportunity to broaden your understanding of the world. Living in another country opens up fresh perspectives and helps create global citizens. For our English Language and Applied Linguistics students, it will enable you to develop your skills in your chosen language and immerse yourself in the culture and every day life of that country. Recent students have studied in Japan and Korea.

Find out more about our Study abroad opportunities.

Structure

  • Level 4
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Language and Mind 15 Credits Compulsory
    English Language Learners 15 Credits Compulsory
    Investigating Language 15 Credits Compulsory
    Introduction to English Linguistics 1 15 Credits Compulsory
    Introduction to English Linguistics 2 15 Credits Compulsory
    Introduction to English Language Teaching 15 Credits Compulsory
    Mandarin Route A - 4a 15 Credits Optional
    Mandarin Route A - 4b 15 Credits Optional
    French Route A - 4a 15 Credits Optional
    French Route A - 4b 15 Credits Optional
    French Route B - 4a 15 Credits Optional
    French Route B - 4b 15 Credits Optional
    German Route A - 4a 15 Credits Optional
    German Route A - 4b 15 Credits Optional
    German Route B - 4a 15 Credits Optional
    German Route B - 4b 15 Credits Optional
    Japanese Route A - 4a 15 Credits Optional
    Japanese Route A - 4b 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route C - 4a 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route C - 4b 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route A - 4a 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route A - 4b 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route B - 4a 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route B - 4b 15 Credits Optional
    Communication, Interaction, Context 15 Credits Optional
    Japanese Route B-4A 15 Credits Optional
    Japanese Route B-4B 15 Credits Optional
    Language in the Media 15 Credits Optional
  • Level 5
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Learning and Teaching Language 2 15 Credits Compulsory
    English Grammar 15 Credits Compulsory
    Sounds of English 15 Credits Compulsory
    Graduate Skills 0 Credits Compulsory
    Learning and Teaching Language 1 15 Credits Compulsory
    Language and Species 15 Credits Optional
    Language in Society 15 Credits Optional
    Forensic Linguistics 15 Credits Optional
    Language Competencies in Career Development 15 Credits Optional
    History of the English Language 15 Credits Optional
    Research Methods in English Language & Communication 15 Credits Optional
  • Level 6
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    ELT Project 15 Credits Compulsory
    Global Englishes 15 Credits Compulsory
    Child Language & Communication 15 Credits Optional
    Clinical Linguistics 15 Credits Optional
    Language Processing 15 Credits Optional
    Communication and Cultures 15 Credits Optional
    Meaning and Context 15 Credits Optional
    Year Abroad 0 Credits Optional
    Chunky Language: Investigating Formulaic Sequences 15 Credits Optional
    The Humanities Placement Year 0 Credits Optional
    Gender in Language and Communication 15 Credits Optional
    Corpus-based Studies in English Language 15 Credits Optional
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year

    Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

    *Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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    Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

    Other financial support

    Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

    Living costs / accommodation

    The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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    Entry requirements

    UCAS points A Level BTEC IB requirement
    104 BCC DMM 104 points

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 3 Years
    • Sandwich, 4 Years
    Locations
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

    2019

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    23/09/201931/05/2020Apply online (Full Time)
    23/09/201931/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    23/09/201931/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

    2020

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    23/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)
    23/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    23/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

    2021

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    23/09/202131/05/2022Apply online (Full Time)
    23/09/202131/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    23/09/202131/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    Optional Sandwich Placement or Study Abroad year
    We welcome applications from international and EU students