English is a global language that’s rich in history. In this course you will immerse yourself in the form, culture and analysis of the English language and learn to make the connections between what you study at university and what takes place in the world beyond the classroom. Combining your studies with another related subject will broaden your outlook and skillset and open up even more career opportunities.
We live in a modern world governed and connected by technology. So alongside understanding the history of English and how it’s become an international language, we believe you should study the nature of the ‚wired’ environment and how it influences who you are. As part of our approach to digital humanities, you will have the opportunity to see how communication and language operate on web-based platforms, and how the application of digital tools and methods can deepen the knowledge of your chosen subject area.
Your first year will introduce you to the study of language in general, how sounds become words, and how words are put together to create meaning. You will develop your ability to analyse and deconstruct language and, through your study, you will also learn how to put it together in such a way to create clear, effective and influential communication. Later in the programme we offer a module in teaching English, a final-year work placement module and the opportunity to study material such as propaganda and interrogation, pragmatics (looking at the gap between what we say and what we mean), psycholinguistics and the political, social, and cultural roles of language.
At DMU, you can study English Language and Journalism or Media as a joint honours course. You will choose 50 per cent of your options from English Language and 50 per cent from either Journalism or Media.
- With a wide range of highly specialised modules, you can study and the theories and practice of English language in detail and tailor your learning to your specific interests and career ambitions. Modules you can choose from include Sociolinguistics, English Language in UK Schools, Textual Studies Using Computers and Language, Mind and Culture.
- Broaden your knowledge across different subject areas and increase your career opportunities by combining English Language studies with either Journalism or Media as part of this joint honours course.
- Develop specialist skills and become an excellent communicator by studying the impact language can have in various contexts and the many different ways language is used.
- Visiting lecturers have included world-renowned expert of forensic linguistics Dr John Olsson, while organised trips have seen students visit professional events such as the London Language Show.
- Gain an even wider understanding of the English language through our international experience programme DMU Global. Students have previously explored ekphrastic writing and themes of oppression in Berlin and visited media organisation TED’s headquarters and key literary locations in New York.
- Gain additional skills and experience of the workplace by putting your research, reasoning and communication skills into practice on a placement or extracurricular internship during your degree.
Structure and assessment
- Words in Action: an introduction to Grammar and Linguistics
- Evolving Language: an Introduction to the Histories of Languages
- Grammar: Analysing linguistic structure
- Semantics: Analysing linguistic meaning
- Phonetics and Phonology
- Research Methods for Linguists
- Language in Context
- English Language in UK Schools
- Introducing English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
- English Language Dissertation
- English Language in the Workplace (Placement Module)
- Language Acquisition
- Language, Mind and Culture
- Powerful Language: An Introduction To Rhetoric
- Perception, Persuasion, Power: Communication and Control
- Corpus Linguistics
- Textual Studies Using Computers
Facilities and features
Clephan Building is home to DMU’s humanities subjects, and is equipped with the latest audio-visual equipment and cinema screens.
Currently Clephan houses some key Arts, Design and Humanities student support facilities including the Arts, Design and Humanities Placement Team and the Faculty’s Advice Centre, where you can access information about timetabling, specialist support queries. and any other questions you may have about your course.
The building also features the Leicester Centre for Creative Writing, Centre for Textual Studies, Centre for Adaptations, and the International Centre for Sports History and Culture.
The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.
Our Learning Zones and the The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.
There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.
You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.
Opportunities and careers
All students of English Language have the opportunity to pursue a work placement as part of their degree, by taking the ‚English Language in the Workplace’ module. We also actively encourage students to become involved in such activities as the European Erasmus university exchange scheme and the US Exchange Programme. Student involvement in Open Days as guides and subject ambassadors is also actively sought; the single best advertisement we can give for our degree comes when the students, and not the tutors, describe what the course has given them.
This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world. Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.
Our graduates have high-level linguistic, reasoning and analytical skills, making them very employable. We develop our students’ information analysis and presentation skills to produce extremely articulate, adaptable, professional communicators who can operate with ease in any setting and with any group of people.
We could reasonably expect our students to gain employment in any profession where the ability to communicate clearly and persuasively is at a premium: the media, publishing, advertising, marketing, public relations, teaching and the Civil Service Fast Stream.
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