English Language with French, Mandarin or Spanish is a stimulating, thought-provoking course designed to make you analyse and reflect on how language in general, and English in particular, functions in the world today. You will examine the origins of English and how it could evolve in an era of global change and technological innovation. You will discover how the importance and impact of language in a variety of contexts, both as a complex system for embodying ideas, emotions and beliefs, and as a means of influencing, persuading and moving others.
You will be able to develop a set of linguistic and analytical skills which will help you become a highly effective communicator. This is a course about how language shapes your world – by learning and understanding how language works, we can help the world open up to you.
As part of this joint honours course you can develop your written and spoken communication skills in two of the world’s most powerful languages. English is currently the world’s most widely spoken language, and you will be able to study it in combination with French (an official language in 32 countries, and with a projected growth to 750 million people worldwide by 2050), Mandarin Chinese (currently the language with the greatest number of native speakers) or Spanish (more than 470 million speakers worldwide including in Central and South American countries and the USA).
- You will analyse the structure and mechanics of how language functions with a wider study of the cultural and social aspects of language and communication.
- You will take two 15 credit modules per study level in your chosen language, which will equate to three hours of language per week. During your weekly language workshop, you will develop your language skills through the study of the country, the society, the culture and the people.
- You’ll be taught by experienced practitioners who, thanks to their experience, can ensure that the skills you develop are relevant to professional practice and the sector.
- 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.
- A final-year placement module gives you the opportunity to put your research, reasoning and communication skills into practice in a workplace environment.
- Our specificity is to cater for any language experience, meaning you will study at a level and pace that really suits you and your needs. Learning a new language with us will therefore not only provide you with linguistic skills, but will also enhance skills in your native language and develop your presentation, written and critical skills.
- Enhance your employability through a recognised competence in a foreign language, distinguishing you from other graduates and significantly improving your career prospects.
- Broaden your horizons through our international experience programme DMU Global, which offers opportunities for you to gain experience of a different culture, practise your language skills with native speakers and extend your global outlook to understand how English functions in an international context.
Structure and assessment
- Words in Action: An Introduction to Grammar and Linguistics
- Evolving Language: An Introduction to the Histories of Language
- Topics in Linguistics
- Foundations in English Language Teaching for International Learners
- Introduction to English and Adaptation
- Exploring Creative Writing
- Modern Foreign Language 1 (Basic User or Independent User depending on entry language level)
- 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 (ESOL)
- Text Technologies
- Writing Place
- Modern Foreign Language 2 (Basic User or Independent User depending on entry language level)
- 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
- Professional Writing Skills
- Modern Foreign Language 3 (Basic User or Independent User depending on entry language level)
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
You will have the opportunity to seek a work placement in your final year.
Students have previously worked in marketing, retail and journalism, as well as classroom assistants or within the voluntary sector.
You can also participate in the US Exchange Scheme and the Erasmus exchange scheme. Our students have experienced university life in countries such as Cyprus and Finland.
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.
A graduate in English Language has a huge range of future career opportunities. Recent graduates have gone on to postgraduate research, teaching at primary and secondary level, speech and language therapy, teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL), marketing, counselling and retail.
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