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BAApplied English Language Studies

University of Southampton
United Kingdom, Southampton
Tuition fee £16,054.00 per year
Course code Q310
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BA Applied English Language Studies is a degree programme which supplements your learning of English language with a range of modules in linguistics and applied linguistics that will explore in detail how English is structured, acquired, used and taught. You will also examine the role of English both within Britain and within a global context.

In the BA Applied English Language Studies degree, your language learning is complemented by modules in linguistics. Linguistics describes an approach to the study of language which involves detailed, principled (sometimes termed ‘scientific’) analysis. The scope of linguistics is broad and varied, accommodating many different facets of language structure, language use, language change, language acquisition, and language teaching. In linguistics modules you will have the opportunity to explore many of these subfields of linguistics, from the ‘nuts and bolts’ of language (such as the articulations of the mouth involved in speech, and the principles underlying the structure of sentences), to how its properties are acquired as a first language and as a second language; from how language varies according to its speakers, to the social contexts in which discourse is embedded.

A background in linguistics can provide clear benefits in terms of your own language learning, and a large proportion of students across Modern Languages take some modules in linguistics. You will be equipped with the ‘tools’ required for linguistic analysis, helping you to reflect on and examine in detail the language you are studying, as well as offering you a new awareness and understanding of how language works, both within the mind and within its social context.

Programme structure

As a language student you will be allocated to a stage of language proficiency in our unique system of seven language levels. This is designed to place you at the stage most appropriate to develop your spoken and written skills, enabling you to make rapid progress. In all years of study you will benefit from our wide range of resources. You will use the excellent facilities in the Centre for Language Study, including extensive multimedia facilities and online resources. Alongside your progression through the English language stages in each year of your degree, you will also follow a number of compulsory and optional modules in linguistics. Your remaining optional modules are made up from a broad range available within Modern Languages (including cultural, social and political studies), or free elective modules from outside Modern Languages.

In linguistics, your first year will focus on the theories and applications of linguistics across the range of subfields that the discipline covers. You will also examine introductory topics in linguistics from the perspective of the English language, and explore topics in British life and institutions.

In your second year, you can choose to pursue the areas of linguistics that interest you most in a range of modules that are not specific to the study of a particular language, including introductions to the areas of psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, multilingualism, syntax, discourse analysis, and phonetics. You will also begin to prepare an independent study project (completed in the third year) supervised by a member of staff.

In your final year you will be able to pursue your interests in linguistics to an advanced level, choosing from a range of modules that are closely related to the research expertise of current staff members. If you wish, you will also have the opportunity to prepare a final year dissertation on a topic of your choice as a double module, under the guidance of an appropriate supervisor.

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Application start
Aug 1, 2018
Application deadline
Aug 1, 2018 23:59
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