International English Language BA (Hons)
This course was previously known as BA (Hons) English Language Studies / BA (Hons) English Language Studies - TEFL. Please apply for the new degree title: International English Language degree with UCAS code: Q313.
English is an important language socially, politically and economically. It is a World language, with an estimated 1,500 million speakers worldwide. English is also the best described language in the world. The three year International English Language degree is specifically designed for non-native speakers of English. It provides training aimed at bringing students up to a near-native level of English upon completion, as well as training in a wide range of aspects of the English language and English linguistics.
Training on this International English Language degree includes sociolinguistic aspects of English, the grammar, sound system and semantics of English, the history of English, as well as issues pertaining to English as an international language and globalisation, language planning and policy, bilingualism, and educational language.
The International English Language degree is specifically aimed at students who aim to develop a career trajectory in a multilingual and international context, where an awareness of and ability to deploy different genres of English communicational strategies is of the utmost importance. In particular, the programme is designed to enhance research and analytical skills and modes of presentation in English (written, electronic and oral), in a diverse range of contexts.
This is facilitated, in part, by training in the various ways in which language is organised, and is deployed in an array of different contexts of use; the programme also facilitates the development of an ability to problem solve; to work effectively with others and to plan time with respect to deadlines.
Why choose Bangor?
- The School of Linguistics and English Language is one of the oldest linguistics departments in the UK. You will be taught by staff who are active researchers in a range of theoretical and applied areas relating to the courses – many have international reputations in the field.
- Training includes sociolinguistic aspects of English, the grammar, sound system and semantics of English, the history of English, as well as issues pertaining to English and globalisation, language planning and policy, and educational language.
- The course also offers the option of certification in TEFL (a Bangor University TEFL certificate), and also allows students the option to minor in a modern European language (French, German, Italian or Spanish).
- You will enjoy some fantastic Learning Facilities including: an extensive collection of books on Linguistics and English Language; a recording studio and audio, video and television equipment.
- The Bangor Linguistics Society - BLS - a student run society that keeps an up-to-date record of current journals and publications.
What will I study?
This International English Language degree combines a basic set of modules from the School, selected carefully with a view on the importance of English as an international language, with classes that support your proficiency in English towards near-native competency as much as possible.
In the first year you will start with basic introductory modules to linguistic study and English language use, combined with fundamental English classes.
- Introduction to Language: how to be a linguist; the different subfields of linguistics; introduce basic linguistic terminology; academic skills.
- Describing Language: sound structure of language and using the IPA; word structure (morphology); sentence structure (syntax); metaphor and meaning.
- English and Society: accents and dialects; variability of English language use according to social, regional, and situational factors.
- English classes: Speaking and Listening, Grammar and Writing, and Vocabulary: Improving your English language skills on several levels.
Years 2 and 3
In each of these years you take compulsory modules that will carry your English skills further, plus modules providing substantial linguistic background concerning grammar, bilingualism, and the history of English. In the third year 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's modules can include topics such as:
- Language Contact and Bilingualism
- First and Second Language Acquisition
- Teaching English as a Foreign Language
- Issus in Forensic Linguistics
- Metaphor and Thought
- Language, Culture and Power
- Language and Communication
How will I learn?
On this International English Language degree you will spend about 10 hours in lectures, seminars and tutorials each week. You will also spend time reading, collecting and analysing data and working on practical tasks in the laboratory. Your dissertation will allow you to investigate a topic of interest in depth and you will work with supervision from a member of staff. Assessment includes essay writing, practical assignments, oral presentations and examinations.
The International English Language degree prepares students for the twenty-first century where English is the global language. Graduates will have near-native levels of proficiency in all aspects of spoken and written English. They will also be skilled in the nature and use of English in a range of contexts and in using English through a variety of media. This will facilitate careers in international settings where a high level of expertise in English is paramount
Potential career areas include:
- international relations, politics and speech-writing
- marketing and advertising
- commerce and banking
- international corporate management and journalism
The International English Language degree also prepares students for vocational and non-vocational MA-level study, either on the MA in Translation Studies at Bangor University, or at other universities in the UK or abroad.
- UCAS course codes: Q313 BA/IEL
- Length: 2, 3 or 4 years depending on entry level.
Students with an appropriate international qualification for BA study have several entry options:
- Option 1 (Pre-sessional Level Entry)
IELTS 5.0 is required to commence on the 1 year pre-sessional course in ELCOS* prior to registration on the BA (4 years at Bangor in total). *ELCOS - English Language Centre for Overseas Students
- Option 2 (Year 1 Entry)
An overall IELTS score of 5.5 is required with the writing element not below 5.5 (3 years at Bangor in total).
- Option 3 (Year 2 Entry)
An overall IELTS score of 6.0 is required with the writing element not below 6.0 plus one year from home institution on an English language degree or equivalent. (2 years at Bangor in total).
For joint honours degrees you should also look at the entry requirements for your other chosen subject.
Want to know more?
If you are interested in a prospectus or wish to chat informally about the degree, please feel free to contact us:
Admissions, School of Linguistics and English Language, Bangor University, Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 2DG
Tel: +44 (0) 1248 382118
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