This section provides an outline of the content of this English Language BA (Hons) course. Each year you'll study a series of modules, some of these are compulsory and others can be selected from a range of optional modules.
In the first year you will be required to take at least four 20 credit modules. The remaining modules can be taken within the School or you can select modules from another School.
Compulsory 20-credit modules:
- Introduction to Language: how to be a linguist; the different subfields of linguistics; introduce basic linguistic terminology; academic skills.
- Describing Language: There are also Welsh-medium modules available as options in years 2 and 3. sound structure of language and using the IPA; word structure (morphology); sentence structure (syntax); metaphor and meaning.
- Language and Society & Language and Culture: how language varies according to dialect and social aspects; the relationship between language and cultural aspects such as language policy and bilingualism.
You will also have the option of taking Welsh-medium modules on core aspects of linguistics.
Years 2 and 3
In each of these years you take six 20-credit modules. In the second some modules will be compulsory, and will include in-depth modules e.g. on phonology, syntax, semantics, and the history of English. In year three you will have a freer choice of modules, and you will be required to complete a dissertation study on a linguistic topic of your choice as one of your modules. The third year modules modules can include topics such as:
- Language Contact and Bilingualism
- Speech and Language Disorders
- Forensic Linguistics
- The Bilingual Mind
- Metaphor and Thought
- Language, Culture and Power
- Welsh Linguistics (English-medium)
- First and Second Language Acquisition
There are also Welsh-medium modules available as options in years 2 and 3.
Modules our students are currently studying...
If you'd like a closer look at the content of the modules our current students are studying this year please click on the links below;
English Language degree (BA/EL)
* Please note that due to the dynamic nature of our degree programmes specific topics of study/modules are occasionally subject to change.
Please also note that some degree programmes have placements or study periods in other institutions, and during those years no module content is listed.