BA (Hons) English Language with a Language

About the course

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.

Why choose this course?

We give you:

  • An understanding of applied language, to underpin a career in teaching a language to non-native speakers
  • 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
  • CV-building potential through work placements and extra-curricular activities
  • A guaranteed post-graduation interview with the School of Education

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 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.