Reasons to study English Language (Single Honours) BA (Hons) at DMU:
- Study language in breadth and depth
with a wide range of highly specialised modules covering a wide range of different subject areas
- Broaden your knowledge base
by studying not just English Language, but also English Literature and Creative Writing. You will also have the opportunity to study French or Mandarin Chinese and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.
- Develop specialist skills
and become a great communicator by learning from the great communicators
- Improve your employability
by focusing your learning and putting the skills and knowledge you acquire to practical use. The final-year placement module allows you to gain work experience and develop your presentation and communication skills
- International opportunities
through #DMUglobal where you will have the opportunity for a meaningful international experience – in each year of study, you will have the chance to participate in an international study trip linked directly to your course
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 take language apart, and through your study, you will also learn how to put it together to create clear effective communication.
You live in a world governed and connected by technology; at DMU we believe that you should study the nature of the ‚wired’ environment and how it influences who you are. As part of our ‚Digital Humanities’ strategy, you will have the opportunity to see how communication and language operate online, and how the application of digital tools and methods can deepen the knowledge of your chosen subject area.
Later years 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.
The language you speak shapes the world you see; this degree helps you understand both better, and to make the connections between what you study at university and what goes on in the world beyond the classroom.
Structure and assessment
- Words in Action: an introduction to Grammar and Linguistics
- Evolving Language: an Introduction to the Histories of Languages
- Topics in Linguistics: Theory in Practice
- Foundations in English Language Teaching for International Learners
- Modern Foreign Language 1
- Introduction to English and Adaptation
- Exploring Creative Writing
- Language in Context
- English Language in UK Schools
- Introducing English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
- Grammar: Analysing linguistic structure
- Semantics: Analysing linguistic meaning
- Research Methods for Linguists
- Phonetics and Phonology
- Varieties of English Language Teaching for International Learners
- Modern Foreign Language 2
- Text Technologies
- Writing Place
- 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
- English Language for Specific and Professional Purposes
- Modern Foreign Language 3
- Professional Writing Skills
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 / placement 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.
In recent years, students of English Language have engaged in #DMUglobal activity in New York, Tokyo, India, the Czech Republic, Berlin, Canada, and Thailand, and we are continually looking for new destinations to allow us to explore the connections between what we do in the classroom and what happens in the world beyond.
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.