In this module, you’ll gain core knowledge for your degree, as you get to grips with a Systemic-Functional model of language. This looks at the linguistic choices we make depending on the context. You’ll consider the Systematic-Functional model as a key way to analyse spoken and written texts. You’ll investigate the relationship between society, culture and language through texts in many different contexts.
In this module, you’ll study the relationship between language and power and how this appears in, for example, the media. You’ll explore how power and dominant ways of thinking in society are reinforced in popular culture, and how journalists report current affairs. You’ll meet movements of social resistance, from Hip Hop culture to Carnival, and you’ll analyse their rejection of these dominant norms through language and representation. You’ll gain core skills for your degree, as you understand the debates around Critical Language Studies, and apply them to real-world texts.
Language and the Mind
In this module, you’ll explore the relationship between language and the mind. You’ll get to grips with key issues in cognitive linguistics and psycholinguistics. You’ll gain core skills for your degree, as you understand the methods researchers use to analyse these fields. You’ll explore a number of topics, including:
- non-literal language processing
- language development in infancy and early childhood
- cognitive processing in reading
- the neural bases of bilingualism
- cognitive processing of sign language
You’ll also explore real-life studies from a wide range of contexts.
In this module, you’ll gain core research skills, allowing you to succeed in your degree and in writing your dissertation. You’ll study quantitative (the statistical analysis of data) and qualitative (interviewing people and considering human experiences) research methods. You’ll get to grips with a range of research tools and approaches, and understand how to do appropriate data analysis. You’ll also gain a sensitivity to ethical issues, and how to apply all of the above in the writing of your 3rd year dissertation project.
Creative Writing 2: Exploring Genre, Form and Style
In this module, you’ll enhance your power and ability as a creative writer. You’ll attend workshops where you’ll learn through reading, writing, discussion and feedback. You’ll practise your own writing, explore the interplay of creativity and craft, and analyse how you work as a writer. You’ll join other students in exploring key approaches in poetry and prose, through:
- practical writing exercises
- discussing each-other’s work
- critically analysing the work of published writers
- exploring key writing practices.
You’ll produce a portfolio of original creative writing, as well as a study of the aims and processes of your creative work. You’ll develop excellent writing habits, and the ability to reflect on your own writing practices. You’ll also understand the literary and cultural context of your own writing.
Psychology and Education
In this module, you’ll get to grips with the thinking of major psychologists on human learning - from babies to adults You’ll look at the learner in context, considering their learning environment, and factors such as motivation and different types of intelligence. You’ll also consider teaching and learning styles, and understand the importance of self-esteem in the learning process.
Language, Culture and Globalization (also available in year 3)
In this module, you’ll explore the relationship between language, culture and globalization. You’ll gain key analytical skills as you observe how language operates in local and global contexts. You’ll look at language through a sociolinguistic approach - considering the relationship between language and society and how they affect each other. You’ll explore how English rose to become an international language, spoken in countries all over the world. You’ll explore a range of topics, including:
- language and gender
- language and politics
- language and standardisation
- globalisation discourses
- linguistic imperialism (when we impose our language on speakers of another language).
Persuasive Communication (also available in year 3)
How can the skills in persuasive speaking (rhetorics) help us understand and solve cultural problems? In this module, you’ll gain invaluable speaking and writing skills for your future career. You’ll also understand key rhetorical practices and how they affect society. You’ll explore the rhetorical tools likely to produce social change. You’ll put these to use, crafting persuasive messages that are:
You’ll become a skilled writer and speaker, able to take into account your audience, message and genre as you craft persuasive language.
English Language Teaching to Adults (also available in year 3)
Do you dream of working as an English language teacher? Do you want to help adult learners grasp the English language? In this module, you’ll get to grips with English language teaching. You’ll gain a strong knowledge of teaching English, and essential skills in effective language teaching. You’ll also develop key practical skills for teaching English to adult learners. If you take this course, you’ll be able to apply to British Study Centres, Oxford to undertake your teaching practice, and acquire a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA). This is recognised by Cambridge Assessment as a pre-service training qualification.
Intercultural Communication (also available in year 3)
In this module, you’ll get to grips with intercultural identity (connections between cultures) and intracultural identity (connections between people of the same culture). You’ll gain core ethnographic knowledge for your degree, meaning you’ll gain a strong awareness of how to study people and their cultures. You’ll dig into the philosophical foundations of Critical Theory. You’ll also gain strong self-awareness, as you analyse your own cultural traditions and norms. You’ll explore the dimensions of your own identity, and develop sensitivity to seeing the world as others see it.
Independent Study (also available in year 3)
This module gives you the chance to do research on a topic that fascinates you. You’ll work independently, honing your self-discipline skills and motivation, You’ll have the support of our expert English Language and Linguistics lecturers as you carry out work on a specific project of your choosing. You’ll gain core skills for work, including in:
Journalism and Popular Culture
Explore journalism’s place in society and culture - and its impact. In this module, you’ll investigate journalism throughout the ages - from Baudelaire and Aristotle to today. You’ll also develop a portfolio of industry-standard journalistic work. This will include reviews and features for online, print and broadcast media - covering art, film, music, fashion, celebrity and more. You’ll strengthen your journalistic skills and knowledge - and you’ll understand how journalists influence the world around us.
Special Topics: Stylistics
Stylistics is the study of the language of literature, focusing on how texts (and readers) create meanings and interpretations. If you learn about stylistics, you’ll be able to develop richer interpretations of any texts you meet. You’ll have a better understanding of how you reached those interpretations and be able to explain them more clearly.
In this option, you’ll explore some key concepts in literary study, such as characterisation and point of view, and you’ll gain a new understanding of how they work. In the second half of the semester, you’ll also try guided creative rewriting and critical comparison of texts. This will help you gain further insight into how to interpret writing.
You’ll read prose fiction, play texts and written poetry, and you’ll also look at performed and digital literature.
This module option is subject to availability in any given academic year.
Work and community-related learning (also available in year 3)
This module gives you the chance to reflect on learnings gained from activities in work or community-related and extra-curricular settings. You’ll gain both personally and academically from your work experiences and community context, and you’ll engage in self-directed learning with appropriate academic supervision and structured reflection.