The course is composed of modules which will introduce you to a variety of interdisciplinary concepts and research interests in language and communication. It is based around four strands of study:
- Cognitive Linguistics (language and the mind) and Language Learning
- Sociolinguistics (language and society)
- Descriptions of Language in Use
- Research Methodology
The orientation of the course is Applied Linguistics so we have to look to apply these theoretical strands in the real world. Two key applied themes that are explicitly integrated into the course are:
- Education - with an interest in how we acquire language (as individuals and a species), as well as the learning and teaching of language
- Persuasive discourses - critically studying the use of language in areas such as Journalism, Advertising, Public Relations and Media Formats
In Year 1 you will begin by taking core introductory modules which will give you a thorough grounding in the four key strands as well as research in Applied Linguistics.
In Years 2 and 3 you will develop these interests and begin researching particular areas and issues in more detail. The list of modules below give some indication of this range. You will also develop your understanding of research in language as you move towards your dissertation in Year 3.
The University’s undergraduate programme, which allows you to study part-time as well as full-time, also gives mature students the flexibility they need to combine study with work or family commitments.
As courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework,
the module list you choose from may vary from that shown here.
You can read detailed module descriptions here.
- Understanding Language: System and Use (compulsory for single and combined honours)
- Introduction to Discourse Analysis (compulsory for single honours, recommended for combined honours)
- Sociolinguistics (compulsory for single and combined honours)
- Introduction to Applied Linguistics (compulsory for single honours, recommended for combined honours)
- Language Acquisition (compulsory for single honours, recommended for combined honours)
- Understanding Communication (recommended for single and combined honours)
- Understanding Media (recommended for single and combined honours)
- Understanding Culture (recommended for single honours)
- World Literature (recommended for single honours)
Years 2 and 3
- Analysing English Language (Hallidayan linguistics) (compulsory for single and combined honours)
- Research Methods English Language and Communication (compulsory for single honours, optional for combined honours)
- Analysing Spoken Discourse (alternative compulsory for single honours, optional for combined honours)
- Language, Culture and Globalization (alternative compulsory for single and combined honours)
- Critical Linguistics: power and resistance (alternative compulsory for single and combined honours)
- Language and the Mind (alternative compulsory for single honours, optional for combined honours)
- Subject to Discourse: Language and Literacies (compulsory for single honours, optional for combined honours)
- Research Project / Dissertation (compulsory for single honours, optional for combined honours)
Optional modules for single and combined honours in year 2 and 3 include:
- English Language Teaching
- Forensic Linguistics
- Critical Media Literacies
- Persuasive Communication
- Digital Media and Youth
- Language and Identities
- Intercultural Communication
- Language Teaching: Learning and Creativity
- Educational Sociolinguistics
- Work and community-related learning
There are opportunities for students to undertake work experience in areas such
as Public Relations. Work experience can be organised by the student or in conjunction
with the university.
Students will have to pay for any travel costs to attend work experience.
We are always keen to explore ways in which you broaden your experience of education and development. In the past we have visited The Gambia developing long standing relationships with schools and colleges and we are actively exploring international opportunities in other parts of the world, aiming to be responsive to students' needs and interests.
Please note that field trips are optional and an additional cost on top of course fees. The approximate cost for the Gambia trip in 2017 is £1000.
You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are
at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year.
Studying abroad provides an amazing opportunity to add value to your studies by:
- increasing your employability within an international market
- boosting your language skills
- building your confidence in adapting to new situations
- improving your knowledge of different cultures.
While on exchange you will gain credits which count towards your degree. Several
students have recently studied in Australia at universities where there are strong
academic links with our programme. These include Griffith University in Brisbane
and Macquarie University in Sydney.
We have more than 100 partner universities around the world. Funding is available
through the Erasmus scheme, and also via some international programmes such as
the Santander Student Awards.
There is also a European work placement programme which gives you the chance to
work abroad as part of your studies.
For more information, visit our pages on studying abroad and exchanges.
Free language courses for students - the Open Module
Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.
Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.
Learn more about English Language and Communication student experiences
We do not expect students to purchase any compulsory course books, as they are
all available in the library. If students wish to purchase additional books to
supplement their reading this is at their own discretion.
On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published
on the website. For more information, please visit our
Changes to programmes