You will study a range of modules focussing either on language or communication (although there is a great deal of crossover between the modules). You will develop both your ability to understand language and communication, as well as the ability to investigate these areas.
In each year, you will take a range of compulsory modules that cover the key concepts and ideas in language and communication.
In the first year, you will explore what language is, what is it is used for, and what underlies language use in the English language strand. For the communication strand, you will study how communication operates between individuals, and within different social and professional groups. Single Honours students will also take a foreign language at beginner's level.
In the second year, the variety of ways in which we produce and interpret spoken and written texts is examined in the language strand while single honours students also study how we learn and acquire languages. Communication explores the ways in which culture and identity influence how individuals communicate, both verbally and non-verbally. In the third year, the language strand looks at the social dimensions of the global use of English, while for communication there is an investigation of what causes intercultural communication breakdowns and how this can be avoided. Single honours students also do an Individual Study in their final year (which is available as an option for combined honours students).
As you progress into the second and third years, you will have the opportunity to take option modules that focus either on professional applications of language and communication, or on areas with a more academic focus. For example, in the second year there are options focusing on how to teach English as a foreign language and on business communication while there is an option on the history of the English language.
In the third year, there are options focusing on international business communication, on intercultural training, and on teaching English as a foreign language, while more academic modules focus on language and gender and technology-mediated communication. Finally, in terms of developing your employability, there is an option of a work placement module.