Welcome to the English Language resources page.
Here you will find out exactly what our academics are looking for in their students, including skills they look out for, some of the topics they want you to know, recommended reading and useful places to boost your knowledge.
So without further ado let's get started!
Skills we are looking for
- Good essay writing skills
- Critical thinkers
- can reference where they found information
- Basic knowledge of the units of language
Topics to explore before you start
- Basic terminology relating to language such as the difference between:
- An awareness of language in different contexts
Recommended reading to prepare for university
- Pinker, S. (2015) The language instinct: how the mind creates language. London: Penguin. ISBN:9780141980775.
- Denham, K., and Lobeck, A. (2012) Linguistics for Everyone: An introduction. 2nd edn. USA: Wadsworth Publishing. ISBN:1111344388.
- Aitchison, J. (2011) The Articulate Mammal: An Introduction to Psycholinguistics. London: Routledge. ISBN:0415610184.
Programmes to know
- Microsoft Word
- Microsoft Excel
The acronym CLAN stands for Computerized Language ANalysis. CLAN is designed specifically to analyse data transcribed in the CHAT format.
CHILDES is the child language component of the TalkBank system. TalkBank is a system for sharing and studying conversational interactions:
Websites our academics recommend
Whether you’re just trying to grasp the basics of linguistics or you’re trying to construct a full online linguistics course, here’s a comprehensive list of free linguistics websites, podcasts, videos, blogs, and other resources from around the internet
We work with authors such as David Crystal, Koenraad Kuiper, Ruth Wodak and Judith Baxter to bring you exciting work covering a wide range of areas, including applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, language education and much more.
Courses Herts offer
Interested in studying English Language here at Herts?
Take a look at our undergraduate courses below:
- English Language and Applied Linguistics
- English Language and Linguistics
- English Language with a language (French, German, Spanish, Japanese or Mandarin)
- English Language and Creative Writing
- English Language and Journalism
- English Language and Literature
- English Language and Media
- English Language with English Language Teaching
- English Language with Film
- History and English Language
- Philosophy and English Language
Get a feel for studying at Herts
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