BA (Hons) English Literature with French, German or Spanish - UCAS Code: Q1R9
BA (Hons) English Literature with Mandarin or Japanese - UCAS Code: Q1T9
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?
Through this BA English Language with a Language you’ll learn about the English Language but 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 only, with the exception of Spanish, which can be taken by those who already have A-level Spanish.
This combined programme of English Language and a Language will give you an excellent grounding if you plan to teach children in primary or secondary schools following postgraduate teacher training.
In your first year, alongside core English Language modules, you’ll study language and mind, where you’ll analyse child speech transcripts and consider language acquisition. You’ll also explore the diversity of use of the English language including regional variants, pidgin and creole English, language and ethnicity, and slang and street English. In addition, you’ll take two modules in your chosen language each year.
Core modules in your second year focus on English grammar and the sounds of English. You can explore theories of how and why language developed and also have the option to take a language competencies module leading to a work placement. This could involve field work or observing teaching and learning methods in a college setting.
In your final year you can follow modules in different topics, including child language and communication, clinical linguistics, gender and language, and formulaic language, informed by our academics’ own research specialisms. In addition, you’ll study Global Englishes and take a compulsory project looking at a particular aspect of English Language teaching.
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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 with a Language students, your grounding in another language opens up a variety of teaching careers after PGCE, including teaching the language to non-native speakers. The analytical and intellectual transferable skills you’ve gained, including a critical approach to language use and communication, are valued 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.
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 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.
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 with a Language 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.
*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.
The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.
72 - 168 UCAS points
IB – 72 points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at H4 or above. Find out more about international application requirements.
GCSE Maths grade 4 (D) and English Language grade 4 (C) or above.
The University of Hertfordshire is committed to welcoming students with a wide range of qualifications and levels of experience. The entry requirements listed on the course pages provide a guide to the minimum level of qualifications needed to study each course. However, we have a flexible approach to admissions and each application will be considered on an individual basis.
All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.
If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English and International Foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.
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