English Language with TESOL at DMU allows you to combine the study of English Language with the key theoretical and practical issues involved in the field of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.
The course is designed to enable you to develop your own ability to teach English to non-native speakers whilst enabling you to think about how language in general and English in particular functions in the world today. You will study linguistics, grammar, the evolution of the English language and a variety of writing styles, while also exploring the theory of how to teach English as a second language.
You will develop a set of linguistic and analytical skills, which will help you become a highly-skilled communicator. In the final year you will have the opportunity to put your theoretical knowledge into practice with our work placement module.
- Develop specialist skills in communication and presentation in order to become an effective teacher, and have the opportunity to investigate the theoretical and conceptual issues involved in teaching written and spoken language.
- Gain life experience by practising your language skills and networking in a different culture, with the opportunity to study abroad between years two and three.
- Develop transferable skills ideal for employment opportunities in both the UK and abroad with the skills gained on this degree providing career opportunities interacting with, influencing and inspiring others.
- Students have previously gained experience in the community and helped local children by volunteering for paired reading schemes with our DMU Local programme.
- Experience showcasing opportunities by putting your theoretical knowledge into practice with our final-year placement module.
- Learn from specialist teaching by experienced practitioners; ensuring the skills you develop are current to professional practice.
- You can get involved with a number of societies that are relevant to your studies, including creative writing and debate societies. There are also organised theatre trips and visiting lecturers have included author Kate Forsyth and poet Benjamin Zephaniah.
- Put your teaching theory in to practice through an international experience with our DMU Global. programme. Students have visited New York, Berlin, Prague, Paris and Tokyo on trips designed to enhance their studies.
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
- Varieties of English Language Teaching for International Learners
- 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
- English Language for Specific and Professional Purposes
- Textual Studies Using Computers
- 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
In your final year you will have the opportunity to integrate the study of English with a work experience placement via our English Language in the Workplace module, giving the opportunity to better qualify and prepare for future employment.
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. You will also have the option to go on a sandwich placement between your second and third years of study.
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.
The English Language with TESOL degree is specifically designed to broaden students’ employment prospects by equipping graduates with the necessary skills to work and live in environments where English is not the only language spoken.
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