Programme And Module Handbook
 
Programme Specification


Date Specification Approved 15/11/2020
College College Arts and Law
School Eng, Drama, & Creative Studies
Department Eng Lang and Linguistics
Partner College and School
Collaborative Organisation and Form of Collaboration
Qualification and Programme Title B.A. English Language with Year Abroad Full-time
Programme Code 9873
Delivery Location Campus
Language of Study English
Length of Programme 4 Year(s)
Accreditations This programme has no outside accreditations
Aims of the Programme The wide range of reasoning, research, independent learning, communication and organisational skills acquired from this programme equips graduates to pursue further study or employment in English and related disciplines, and is readily transferable to a wide range of commercial, cultural and professional careers.
Students engage with the structure and character of the English language, including phonology, lexis, grammar, and discourse; the variation of the English language; theories and methods of linguistics; methodologies and practices of linguistic research; and the history and development of the English language. This pathway aims to produce individuals who possess a broad range of knowledge and understanding of English language; critical skills in the close reading and analysis of texts both literary and non-literary; responsiveness to the central role of language in the creation of meaning; rhetorical skills of effective communication and argument, both oral and written; bibliographic skills appropriate to the discipline; understanding of the role of cultural norms in understanding and judgment; and awareness of how different social and cultural contexts affect the nature of language and meaning.

The year abroad will provide students with the opportunity to immerse themselves in the society and culture of a foreign country while gaining experience of a different academic environment and way of teaching. The year abroad also provides an opportunity for students to improve their existing language proficiency (where applicable) as well as enhancing their organisation and communication skills and their employability through a proven ability to succeed in a foreign setting.
Programme Outcomes
Students are expected to have Knowledge and Understanding of: Which will be gained through the following Teaching and Learning methods: and assessed using the following methods:
The structure and character of the English language, including phonology, lexis, grammar and discourse;
The variation of English language in different situational and developmental contexts and the theoretical frameworks within which such variety is studied; the grammar, discourse and lexis of varieties of English and critical and cultural frameworks within which such variation is studied;
One or more specialised area(s) of English Language and Linguistics: its theories, historical varieties, methods of discovery and major conceptual paradigms;
The history and development of the English language, or the grammar, syntax and lexis of Old English, and the critical and cultural frameworks within which it is studied;
Analytic practices in the description of the English language and traditions in linguistic theory;
Current methodologies and practices used in linguistic research
Lectures and seminars (L1, 2 & 3) and student-led seminars (L2 and L3). Independent study is supported by group supervision (L1) and research skills are supported by individual supervision, seminars and lectures (L2). Students work on an individually supervised dissertation at L3. Formative written exercises and essays as well as non-assessed student presentations and group work provide students with opportunities to present and refine their knowledge and understanding at all levels.
Assessment at Level 1 is by unseen examination and assessed essay. Level 2 assessment is by written assignment, oral presentation and project report. A dissertation or research project is a feature of L3, which also offers assessment by extended essay or language commentary or unseen examination, depending on the choice of modules.
Students are expected to have attained the following Skills and other Attributes: Which will be gained through the following Teaching and Learning methods: and assessed using the following methods:
the ability to range independently in their reading beyond prescribed texts in order to diversify and contextualize their study;
the capacity to analyse and critically examine diverse forms of discourse, both literary and non-literary;
One or more specialised area(s) of English Language and Linguistics: its theories, historical varieties, methods of discovery and major conceptual paradigms;
skills in critical reasoning, and the ability to apply and critique systems of analysis and interpretation;
the ability to set for themselves appropriate research questions, undertake large scale substantive research, apply relevant methodologies and sustain an argument through a lengthy piece of individual project work;
the ability independently to use libraries, catalogues, bibliographies and other reference sources and resources of all kinds, both printed and electronic;
effective skills of communication both written and oral, and the ability to apply these in appropriate contexts, including the ability to present sustained and persuasive written and oral arguments cogently and coherently;
effective skills of communication both written and oral, and the ability to apply these in appropriate contexts, including the ability to present sustained and persuasive written and oral arguments cogently and coherently;
the ability to work with and in relation to others through the presentation of ideas and information and the collective negotiation of solutions;
the ability to acquire substantial quantities of complex information of diverse kinds in a structured and systematic way, to sift and organise material independently and critically, and evaluate its significance;
information-technology skills such as word-processing, and the acquisition, use and manipulation of data in electronic formats;
time-management and organisational skills, as shown by the ability to plan and present conclusions effectively.
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