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English Language

UCAS Code: Q310 Duration: 3 years

Overview

Hear from a tutor and student about studying English Language at Liverpool Hope.

Language has a profound influence on our way of thinking, seeing and interpreting the world around us. It is a persuasive tool and is used as an instrument of power by governments and large organisations.

This course examines a wide variety of versions of English and their social, cultural and historical contexts. You will explore the international role of English as a global phenomenon.

With its emphasis on real language in use, the course examines the relationship between language and society through the analysis of contemporary materials such as news texts. You will be taught by academics who are actively engaged in research and have published in their specialist fields.

Tutors are members of Linguistics organisations including The British Association for Applied Linguistics and the International Society of World Englishes. They also belong to a thriving research group on popular culture.

Why choose this subject?

  • 93% of students were satisfied overall with English at Liverpool Hope University (National Student Survey 2015).
  • The English department has international links with institutions abroad including Sun Yat-sen University, China, the Catholic University of South Korea and Ateneo de Manila in the Philippines, as well as established links with European universities through the Erasmus programme.
  • The department has a thriving research culture and lecturers are widely published. This means that your courses are informed by the latest thinking in the subject.
  • 32.3% of research output quality rated as world-leading, this Unit is ranked 4th in the North-West for Research Intensity. (Research Excellence Framework 2014)

Subject Guides

Read more about studying English Language at Liverpool Hope in our English Language Subject Guide.

English Language Subject Guide 2016

English Language Subject Guide 2017

  

 

The programme specifications for this subject can be downloaded below.

English Language

 

This degree is available as a full time course for all international students. For more information about International students studying at Liverpool Hope, visit www.hope.ac.uk/international

Curriculum

English Language Curriculum

Year 1 

All English Language students will study the following:

  • Lectures on Language in Society and the History and Development of English in which you will be introduced to language variation from different perspectives including social, regional and historical.
  • The hands-on approach encouraged in The Structure of Language workshops will help you to understand how language works as a system. You will gain detailed knowledge of the grammatical and phonological structures of English.
  • There is a range of assessment methods in Year 1, from the traditional (essay and examination) to the innovative (quizzes and puzzles), which help you to build skills incrementally with on-going support provided in weekly tutorials.

Single Honours English Language students will also study the following:

Introducing Stylistics

This lecture and seminar strand enables you to build on work covered in the Structure of Language workshops. You will be introduced to the basic principles of stylistics allowing you to explore the ways in which language can be used for artistic purposes, thus enhancing your appreciation of fictional texts.

Language in Context

This seminar strand supplements Language and Society and the History and Development of English strands by providing further contextualisation though audio and visual materials such as Bragg’s The Adventure of English and Fry’s Planet Word. You will explore language variation in a range of contexts and examine the social, historical and political factors that precipitate variation.

Year 2 

All English Language students will study the following:

  • In Year 2 you will investigate the relations between language, action, knowledge and situation in Language, Ideology and Power and Studies in Media Language. At this level you will develop analytical skills as you explore the forms of language found in media discourse. In Practical Applications, you will study Child Language Acquisition and Corpus Linguistics
  • The teaching strategies in Year 2 help you to develop the research and project planning skills needed for longer and more complex academic projects available in Year 3.
  • There is a range of assessment methods which allow you to further develop skills such as conversation analysis, poster presentation and synoptic examination.

Single Honours English Language students will also study the following:

The Stylistics of Narrative

You will be introduced to up-to-date methods and theories of stylistics to enable you to appreciate and analyse the relationship between language choice, meaning and effect in literary texts.

World Englishes

You will examine the linguistic, social and cultural implications of the global spread of English and explore data from a wide range of Englishes.

Year 3

All English Language students will study the following:

  • In Year 3 lectures in Sociolinguistics and Research Methods you will engage with contemporary research and develop your skills of critical and evaluative thinking more fully. Building on the knowledge and skills developed over the previous two years, you will interrogate the relationship between language and society through detailed study of contemporary sociolinguistic case studies. In addition, you will study Special Topics in Sociolinguistics which cover the research specialisms of members of staff. Currently the Special Topics are Language, Gender and Sexuality and Language and Culture
  • You will learn to contextualise and critique different methods and techniques in sociolinguistic research, thus enabling you to develop an understanding of current research methods and the applicability of these to your own research projects.
  • At this level you will pursue a sustained, supervised independent research project and will have the opportunity to present your findings at an Honours conference.

All Single Honours English Language students will study the following:

Multilingualism and Language Policy

This lecture and seminar strand extends the sociolinguistic strand permeating all levels of the programme. You will investigate how present-day sociolinguistic theories can be applied in order to gain a better understanding of the key issues in individual and societal multilingualism. You will learn how multilingual societies function at societal and institutional levels and how national language policy and planning influences people’s multilingual abilities.

TESOL

This seminar strand provides you with a sound basis for a career in teaching English as a foreign language. Having learned how language works both structurally and in its various social and cultural contexts, you will explore the theories, approaches and methodologies related to teaching and learning English.

The Psychology of Language

You will gain insights into how the multi-layered, dynamic nature of identities is realised through linguistic behaviour and reflected in the perception of languages and linguistic varieties. In addition you will learn about cognitive processes such as attention, memory, language processing, perception and problem-solving.

All level 3 students attend a tutorial strand in the first term which helps them to develop and implement their research and project planning skills as they pursue their independent research projects.

Single Honours students receive one-to-one supervision as they conduct sustained, supervised independent study in the form of a dissertation

The following is a selection of dissertation titles in 2014:

  • ‘An investigation into how gender affects non-standard features used on Facebook statuses and attitudes towards these uses’
  • ‘Determining intergroup relations through perceptions of English regional accents’
  • ‘The Impact of Foster Care on Language Development’
  • ‘A Game of Thrones: The use of British accents to distinguish a North-South divide in the TV show Game of Thrones
  • ‘An investigation into the use of euphemisms in obituaries’
  • ‘English and Eurovision: how has Anglophone pop music influenced the Eurovision Song Contest?

All year 3 students have an opportunity to showcase their research project or dissertation at an Honours Conference.

You may also be interested in...

Creative Writing

Drama and Theatre Studies

English Literature

Media and Communication

Entry Requirements

2016 Entry Requirements

For further information please contact the Clearing hotline on 0151 291 3899.

2017 Entry Requirements

The offer level for 2017 entry will be BCC - ABB at A Level or DMM - DDM at BTEC Extended Diploma or 104 - 128 new UCAS tariff points.

In addition, applicants require an A level (or equivalent) in English Language, English Literature or Literature/Language. Applicants with other humanities subjects may also be considered.  

UCAS points offers can be achieved in many ways, the following are just a few examples of how you could achieve our entry requirements:

  • Three A Levels with grades of BCC or above
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) with grade DMM
  • BTEC Diploma (QCF) with grade DM and BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) with grade M
  • BTEC Diploma (QCF) with grade DM and A Level with grade of C
  • CACHE Diploma at grade B

The Access to HE Diploma now also attracts points under the new UCAS tariff. Visit the UCAS website to calculate your points.


Useful Links

How to apply

Admissions Policy

UCAS

Course Combinations

English Language is available as a BA Single Honours degree, UCAS code Q310.

It can be studied as a combined honours degree with the following subjects:

English Language and Accounting & Finance UCAS code NQ43
English Language and Business Management UCAS code NQ32
English Language and Childhood & Youth  UCAS code LQ53
English Language and Criminology UCAS code LQ3H 
English Language and Dance UCAS code WQ35
English Language and Drama & Theatre Studies UCAS code QW34
English Language and Education UCAS code XQH3
English Language and English Literature UCAS code Q301
English Language and Geography  UCAS code QF38
English Language and History UCAS code QV3C
English Language and Law UCAS code QM31
English Language and Marketing UCAS code QN51
English Language and Media & Communication UCAS code QP3H
English Language and Philosophy & Ethics UCAS code QV35
English Language and Politics UCAS code LQ23
English Language and Psychology UCAS code CQ83
English Language and Social Policy  UCAS code QL34
English Language and Special Educational Needs  UCAS code LQ5H

English Language and World Religions

UCAS code QV31

All course combinations result in a BA Hons degree.

Employability

Well over 65 per cent of all graduate jobs are open to English graduates. With much sought-after analytical and communication skills, our graduates have gone on to pursue careers in journalism, the media, editing and publishing. A significant number also enter the teaching profession via the PGCE, as English is a National Curriculum subject. English graduates at Liverpool Hope have also developed fulfilling careers in government and the Civil Service, the legal profession, business and commerce, marketing and management.

Jacque Linton graduated in 2014 with a First Class Honours Degree in English Language. Jacque says "I thoroughly enjoyed my time studying English Language at Liverpool Hope and would definitely recommend it to any prospective students. One thing that appealed to me was that the course seemed to be set out to encourage independent research. There are small projects in the second year which help to prepare you for your dissertation in the final year. Another major reason for choosing Hope is the department staff. All are active researchers, they are aware of the most recent work in their fields and use examples from their own work where it applies. More importantly, the tutors are friendly and can be easily approached if you have questions or want to discuss anything."

Carmel Middleton also graduated in 2014 and says "Hope offered me the combination of subjects which I most enjoy. My initial, mature student fears were allayed by Hope’s friendly, open accessibility to students of all ages and cultures. I now own a property business and travel extensively, but aim to return to Hope to continue my studies."

 

Overview

Hear from a tutor and student about studying English Language at Liverpool Hope.

Language has a profound influence on our way of thinking, seeing and interpreting the world around us. It is a persuasive tool and is used as an instrument of power by governments and large organisations.

This course examines a wide variety of versions of English and their social, cultural and historical contexts. You will explore the international role of English as a global phenomenon.

With its emphasis on real language in use, the course examines the relationship between language and society through the analysis of contemporary materials such as news texts. You will be taught by academics who are actively engaged in research and have published in their specialist fields.

Tutors are members of Linguistics organisations including The British Association for Applied Linguistics and the International Society of World Englishes. They also belong to a thriving research group on popular culture.

Why choose this subject?

  • 93% of students were satisfied overall with English at Liverpool Hope University (National Student Survey 2015).
  • The English department has international links with institutions abroad including Sun Yat-sen University, China, the Catholic University of South Korea and Ateneo de Manila in the Philippines, as well as established links with European universities through the Erasmus programme.
  • The department has a thriving research culture and lecturers are widely published. This means that your courses are informed by the latest thinking in the subject.
  • 32.3% of research output quality rated as world-leading, this Unit is ranked 4th in the North-West for Research Intensity. (Research Excellence Framework 2014)

Subject Guides

Read more about studying English Language at Liverpool Hope in our English Language Subject Guide.

English Language Subject Guide 2016

English Language Subject Guide 2017

  

 

The programme specifications for this subject can be downloaded below.

English Language

 

This degree is available as a full time course for all international students. For more information about International students studying at Liverpool Hope, visit www.hope.ac.uk/international

Curriculum

English Language Curriculum

Year 1 

All English Language students will study the following:

  • Lectures on Language in Society and the History and Development of English in which you will be introduced to language variation from different perspectives including social, regional and historical.
  • The hands-on approach encouraged in The Structure of Language workshops will help you to understand how language works as a system. You will gain detailed knowledge of the grammatical and phonological structures of English.
  • There is a range of assessment methods in Year 1, from the traditional (essay and examination) to the innovative (quizzes and puzzles), which help you to build skills incrementally with on-going support provided in weekly tutorials.

Single Honours English Language students will also study the following:

Introducing Stylistics

This lecture and seminar strand enables you to build on work covered in the Structure of Language workshops. You will be introduced to the basic principles of stylistics allowing you to explore the ways in which language can be used for artistic purposes, thus enhancing your appreciation of fictional texts.

Language in Context

This seminar strand supplements Language and Society and the History and Development of English strands by providing further contextualisation though audio and visual materials such as Bragg’s The Adventure of English and Fry’s Planet Word. You will explore language variation in a range of contexts and examine the social, historical and political factors that precipitate variation.

Year 2 

All English Language students will study the following:

  • In Year 2 you will investigate the relations between language, action, knowledge and situation in Language, Ideology and Power and Studies in Media Language. At this level you will develop analytical skills as you explore the forms of language found in media discourse. In Practical Applications, you will study Child Language Acquisition and Corpus Linguistics
  • The teaching strategies in Year 2 help you to develop the research and project planning skills needed for longer and more complex academic projects available in Year 3.
  • There is a range of assessment methods which allow you to further develop skills such as conversation analysis, poster presentation and synoptic examination.

Single Honours English Language students will also study the following:

The Stylistics of Narrative

You will be introduced to up-to-date methods and theories of stylistics to enable you to appreciate and analyse the relationship between language choice, meaning and effect in literary texts.

World Englishes

You will examine the linguistic, social and cultural implications of the global spread of English and explore data from a wide range of Englishes.

Year 3

All English Language students will study the following:

  • In Year 3 lectures in Sociolinguistics and Research Methods you will engage with contemporary research and develop your skills of critical and evaluative thinking more fully. Building on the knowledge and skills developed over the previous two years, you will interrogate the relationship between language and society through detailed study of contemporary sociolinguistic case studies. In addition, you will study Special Topics in Sociolinguistics which cover the research specialisms of members of staff. Currently the Special Topics are Language, Gender and Sexuality and Language and Culture
  • You will learn to contextualise and critique different methods and techniques in sociolinguistic research, thus enabling you to develop an understanding of current research methods and the applicability of these to your own research projects.
  • At this level you will pursue a sustained, supervised independent research project and will have the opportunity to present your findings at an Honours conference.

All Single Honours English Language students will study the following:

Multilingualism and Language Policy

This lecture and seminar strand extends the sociolinguistic strand permeating all levels of the programme. You will investigate how present-day sociolinguistic theories can be applied in order to gain a better understanding of the key issues in individual and societal multilingualism. You will learn how multilingual societies function at societal and institutional levels and how national language policy and planning influences people’s multilingual abilities.

TESOL

This seminar strand provides you with a sound basis for a career in teaching English as a foreign language. Having learned how language works both structurally and in its various social and cultural contexts, you will explore the theories, approaches and methodologies related to teaching and learning English.

The Psychology of Language

You will gain insights into how the multi-layered, dynamic nature of identities is realised through linguistic behaviour and reflected in the perception of languages and linguistic varieties. In addition you will learn about cognitive processes such as attention, memory, language processing, perception and problem-solving.

All level 3 students attend a tutorial strand in the first term which helps them to develop and implement their research and project planning skills as they pursue their independent research projects.

Single Honours students receive one-to-one supervision as they conduct sustained, supervised independent study in the form of a dissertation

The following is a selection of dissertation titles in 2014:

  • ‘An investigation into how gender affects non-standard features used on Facebook statuses and attitudes towards these uses’
  • ‘Determining intergroup relations through perceptions of English regional accents’
  • ‘The Impact of Foster Care on Language Development’
  • ‘A Game of Thrones: The use of British accents to distinguish a North-South divide in the TV show Game of Thrones
  • ‘An investigation into the use of euphemisms in obituaries’
  • ‘English and Eurovision: how has Anglophone pop music influenced the Eurovision Song Contest?

All year 3 students have an opportunity to showcase their research project or dissertation at an Honours Conference.

You may also be interested in...

Creative Writing

Drama and Theatre Studies

English Literature

Media and Communication

Entry Requirements

2016 Entry Requirements

For further information please contact the Clearing hotline on 0151 291 3899.

2017 Entry Requirements

The offer level for 2017 entry will be BCC - ABB at A Level or DMM - DDM at BTEC Extended Diploma or 104 - 128 new UCAS tariff points.

In addition, applicants require an A level (or equivalent) in English Language, English Literature or Literature/Language. Applicants with other humanities subjects may also be considered.  

UCAS points offers can be achieved in many ways, the following are just a few examples of how you could achieve our entry requirements:

  • Three A Levels with grades of BCC or above
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) with grade DMM
  • BTEC Diploma (QCF) with grade DM and BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) with grade M
  • BTEC Diploma (QCF) with grade DM and A Level with grade of C
  • CACHE Diploma at grade B

The Access to HE Diploma now also attracts points under the new UCAS tariff. Visit the UCAS website to calculate your points.


Useful Links

How to apply

Admissions Policy

UCAS

Course Combinations

English Language is available as a BA Single Honours degree, UCAS code Q310.

It can be studied as a combined honours degree with the following subjects:

English Language and Accounting & Finance UCAS code NQ43
English Language and Business Management UCAS code NQ32
English Language and Childhood & Youth  UCAS code LQ53
English Language and Criminology UCAS code LQ3H 
English Language and Dance UCAS code WQ35
English Language and Drama & Theatre Studies UCAS code QW34
English Language and Education UCAS code XQH3
English Language and English Literature UCAS code Q301
English Language and Geography  UCAS code QF38
English Language and History UCAS code QV3C
English Language and Law UCAS code QM31
English Language and Marketing UCAS code QN51
English Language and Media & Communication UCAS code QP3H
English Language and Philosophy & Ethics UCAS code QV35
English Language and Politics UCAS code LQ23
English Language and Psychology UCAS code CQ83
English Language and Social Policy  UCAS code QL34
English Language and Special Educational Needs  UCAS code LQ5H

English Language and World Religions

UCAS code QV31

All course combinations result in a BA Hons degree.

Employability

Well over 65 per cent of all graduate jobs are open to English graduates. With much sought-after analytical and communication skills, our graduates have gone on to pursue careers in journalism, the media, editing and publishing. A significant number also enter the teaching profession via the PGCE, as English is a National Curriculum subject. English graduates at Liverpool Hope have also developed fulfilling careers in government and the Civil Service, the legal profession, business and commerce, marketing and management.

Jacque Linton graduated in 2014 with a First Class Honours Degree in English Language. Jacque says "I thoroughly enjoyed my time studying English Language at Liverpool Hope and would definitely recommend it to any prospective students. One thing that appealed to me was that the course seemed to be set out to encourage independent research. There are small projects in the second year which help to prepare you for your dissertation in the final year. Another major reason for choosing Hope is the department staff. All are active researchers, they are aware of the most recent work in their fields and use examples from their own work where it applies. More importantly, the tutors are friendly and can be easily approached if you have questions or want to discuss anything."

Carmel Middleton also graduated in 2014 and says "Hope offered me the combination of subjects which I most enjoy. My initial, mature student fears were allayed by Hope’s friendly, open accessibility to students of all ages and cultures. I now own a property business and travel extensively, but aim to return to Hope to continue my studies."

 

Course Contact Details

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enquiry@hope.ac.uk

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