Course duration: 4 years
Degree Title: Successful graduates are awarded the undergraduate degree of the University of Sheffield.
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English Language and Linguistics
The title is awarded directly by the University of Sheffield.
Language of instruction: English
The four-year programme “BA in English Language and Linguistics” has been designed to provide concise and balanced coverage of linguistic theory and practice, ensuring that course modules have a vocational relevance to real-world applications of language and linguistics. Applicants are not required to have prior knowledge of the English Language history and its development. The programme includes modules studying both the theoretical and practical aspects of the English language. The four year programme covers, among others, the areas of English language teaching and testing, analysis of the levels of language (e.g. phonetics, syntax, semantics, etc), language mastery issues and academic skills, second/foreign language acquisition, computational linguistics and psycholinguistics, as well as English language literature courses (poetry, drama, etc).
The BA in English Language and Linguistics offers a range of skills such as classroom management, evaluation of teaching materials, communication et al that are much sought after by employers. Graduates can pursue careers in education, publications, Information Technology companies for computational linguistics projects, communication and the media, marketing and advertizing, translation and interpretation, speech therapy and speech pathology, law companies, and other language-related fields. Many students also decide to continue their studies onto postgraduate level with Masters programmes at the International Faculty of the University of Sheffield, CITY College and elsewhere.
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The BA in English Language and Linguistics is a modular course. Over two semesters (from October until June) students attend a total of six modules.
Note: The list of Modules may be subject to minor changes.
A wide range of assessment methods is offered: written assignments, projects, unseen examinations, student presentations, teaching practice.
Introduction to the Study of Language
This course aims at acquainting students with linguistics, as the science of language study. More precisely, it assists students in understanding the various aspects of linguistics and its relation to other disciplines and fields. Moreover, it helps students become aware of the nature of human language and its characteristics, components and acquisition. Specific topics include: first and second language acquisition; sounds of language; morphology, grammar and syntax; language and communication; language and meaning; language and the brain, language variation; as well as language and society.
Language Mastery I
This course helps students meet the linguistic demands anticipated while attending an English studies Programme. Designed to equip students with the advanced skills and techniques required for the effective and accurate use of the English language in an academic context, it provides them with rich opportunities for extensive practice and thus improvement of their overall use of the language. The unit instructs students in all aspects of academic communication—including reading, writing, listening, and speaking—as well as vocabulary and structural enrichment. Individual problems in language use are identified and systematically addressed through in-class exercises and extensive reading, helping students cultivate their English language, analytical and critical thinking skills.
IT and Academic Skills
This unit instructs students in all aspects of academic communication including writing, reading, speaking and listening, while it offers them rich opportunities for vocabulary enrichment and lexical and structural improvement specific to academic communication. The unit also helps students consider how information technology (IT) is used in the academic communication process. Using a variety of different teaching and learning methods, students will be given the opportunity to practice and improve their overall use of academic English; thus, by the end of the course they will be proficient in the specifics of academic discourse and enhanced IT skills appropriate to their field of study. Students will also be presented with the appropriate tools for advanced searching, editing of documents, on-line collaboration, time management and creation of effective presentations.
English Phonetics & Phonology
This unit familiarizes students with the fundamental notions of English phonetics and phonology. Initially, students are taught the basic concepts of phonetics, exploring mainly the mechanism of speech, the acoustic properties of speech sounds, and the articulation of English consonants and vowels. Then, they are presented with an overview of major tenets of phonology, examining as well the notions of stress, intonation and rhythm, while a number of articulatory processes are also discussed (e.g. deletion, assimilation, etc.). Students are introduced to the symbols of the International Phonetic Alphabet that they employ for transcription purposes, while being offered the opportunity of systematic and ongoing practice in phonetic transcription.
Introduction to Translation
Through this course students become acquainted with some major introductory concepts in the field of Translation Studies. They examine the history of this discipline, become aware of dominant Schools of translation theory, and familiarize themselves with the current trends in the field. Students are also presented with certain processes involved in translating, along with some key methodological decisions taken during this process. Moreover, some basic implications of the relationship that exists between the original and the translated text, between the author and the translator, as well as between the source and target culture are discussed.
Language Mastery II
This course builds on ‘Language Mastery I’ in the sense that students acquire the necessary academic skills to ensure a smooth progress in the programme of studies as far as their English language knowledge is concerned. Through a wide variety of different teaching and learning methods, students are systematically given the opportunity to practice and improve their overall use of academic English so that by the end of the course they are of advanced level in the specifics of academic discourse appropriate to their field of study. In other words, this unit requires from students to start formulating arguments mainly on controversial issues, thus necessitating their active participation in class.
Introduction to the Methodology of Language Teaching
This course offers students a comprehensive overview of the most dominant teaching methodologies that have emerged, whose foundations lie on various theories of second language acquisition. Students are exposed to a wide range of educational approaches, gaining a sound understanding of aspects and parameters involved in foreign language learning and teaching. In accordance with the overall direction of this Programme of study on ELT, this course actually sets the foundations towards helping students develop into future English language teachers making well-informed choices on the basis of appropriate teaching techniques and methods.
Introduction to Poetry
In this course students are exposed to literary texts belonging to the genre of poetry, as well as to the fundamental terminology used in its critical analysis. Its main focus lies on introducing students with the fundamental elements of poetic form and technique, while helping them develop the analytical skills necessary to produce their own sophisticated and original readings of poetic texts. Students practice on how to generate a valid interpretation of a poem both in oral and in written form, taking into consideration elements such as the tone, rhythm and meter, imagery, personae, etc. The texts studied fall in a diverse spectrum of British and American poets ranging from the Medieval period to the present day.
History of the English Language
This course offers an overview of the history of the English language from its origins up to Modern English (i.e. Pre-Old English, Old English, both Early and Late Middle English, and Modern English). It examines the linguistic changes that have occurred, emphasizing on those linguistic phenomena related to the basic levels of linguistic analysis (namely phonology, morphology, semantics and syntax) through the analysis of observable data. Moreover, the social causes underlying the linguistic changes throughout the history of English as well as issues of language contact, and recent developments are also discussed.
Language and Stylistics
This course provides students with a solid introduction to the field of language stylistics. The main goal of the course is two-fold: on one hand, to reinforce students’ knowledge of and sensitivity to the use of the English language, and, on the other, to make students aware of how language is, or can be, exploited in order to create specific effects on the reader/listener. Students are also provided the opportunity to explore a practical hands-on approach to stylistic analysis of texts through examples given in each session, as well as through their own coursework; topics covered include lexical choice, cohesion, sentence and narrative structure, discourse analysis. The texts studied belong predominantly to the literary genre and to twentieth century, without excluding passages taken from other sources as well (e.g. newspapers and television broadcasts).
Methodology of Translation
Through this course students become acquainted with some major introductory concepts in the field of Translation Studies. They examine the history of this discipline, become aware of dominant Schools of translation theory, and familiarize themselves with the basic genres and current trends in the field. Students are also presented with certain processes involved in translating, along with some key methodological decisions taken during this process. Moreover, some basic implications of the relationship that exists between the original and the translated text, between the author and the translator, as well as between the source and target culture are discussed.
Introduction to Drama
The aim of this introductory course is multifaceted. On the one hand, it assists students in developing their ability for critical writing, as well as to sharpen their argumentative skills. On the other hand, it focuses on the analysis of exemplary theatrical texts discussed in class, specially chosen to familiarize students with the performative features of drama, which distinguish it from other forms of literary or textual writing. The teaching of this course is supplemented with audiovisual material and occasional visits to the theatre, which enrich students’ motivation and knowledge background for fulfilling their assignments related to the course.
This module offers an essential examination of the concepts, techniques and analytical tools related to linguistic semantics. The course covers complex issues of meaning relations, focusing on sentence meaning (as opposed to discourse meaning). More specifically, the course familiarizes students with theoretical notions (e.g. reference, sense, truth conditions, sentential relations such as entailment, presupposition, etc), whereas formal techniques such as propositional and predicate logic are covered in detail. The course aims to equip students with the necessary tools for semantic analysis and offers them the opportunity of hands-on practice. The study of meaning is central to the study of communication in general, as understanding the relation that holds between words and the structure of sentences affects critically the meaning conveyed in human interaction.
This course covers a wide variety of issues associated with the syntax of natural languages. It examines a number of syntactic theories, focusing mainly on Chomsky’s X-bar Theory and Binding Theory and discusses theoretical questions as well as tools of syntactic analysis. Drawing on authentic language data, mainly from the English language but also cross-linguistically, students are expected to familiarise themselves with the syntactic structure of contemporary English recognising syntactic rules, identifying syntactic generalizations, and applying these rules to the description of specific sentences. Thus, the unit offers a firm grounding in the main theories and methods of syntactic argumentation, emphasising on the organizing principles of sentences.
ELT Classroom: Principles and Practices
This course covers a wide range of topics related to the teaching of English as a foreign/second language to learners of different age groups (e.g. teaching the skills, grammar and vocabulary, class management, lesson planning, etc.). Students are exposed to the most recent developments in the world of ELT involving the most innovative approaches and methods, the use of technology for teaching and learning, become aware of controversies and issues surrounding a variety of related issues (e.g. teaching classroom observation, error correction, CBLT, CLIL, etc.) and gain the ability to justify their choices and decisions as future ELT professionals. In accordance with the overall direction of this Programme of study on ELT, this course builds on the foundations laid during the ‘Introduction to the Methodology of Language Teaching’ unit and further equips the students with skills and tools necessary to develop into future English language teachers making well-informed choices on the basis of appropriate teaching techniques and methods.
Second Language Acquisition
This module will introduce students to major theoretical notions and assumptions in Second Language Acquisition (SLA) a theory that investigates how language speakers acquire a second language both in adulthood and childhood. The module focuses on the SLA theories that are believed to be constrained by Universal Grammar. It provides a historical overview how SLA theories have evolved and examines influential concepts to explore how different arguments have been developed and how they have been investigated empirically. At the same time, the module offers students with hands-on training in analyzing second language learner data.
Sociolinguistics explores the relationship between language and society, and this module will introduce you to variationist approaches to this discipline. Variationists are concerned with measuring the relationship between language features and social identities. We will address (and challenge) questions such as: Why do working class people use more localised language features than middle class people? Do women use more linguistic innovations than men? To what extent do speakers adapt their speaking style and what causes them do so? We will also consider how language change occurs over time and explore how language change spreads across social groups. Who are the movers and the shakers in language change?
This module introduces students to the linguistic level of ‘pragmatics', or language in use, with particular concern for global contexts. In this module, they investigate how people do things with language, how they express politeness, how they use pragmatic strategies to make meaning and ensure understanding and how language is used in different contexts and domains.
This course aims at acquainting students with corpus linguistics, as a tool employed for the study of language. It introduces the theoretical and practical issues related to the use corpora in applied linguistic studies. Emphasising on the ‘why’ and ‘how to...’ in specific corpus-based language studies, students explore how the corpus-based approach and other methodologies can be implemented in linguistic studies. Apart from a series of interactive lectures, students are taught how to use machine-readable corpora in language learning and teaching through hands-on sessions practice and problem-solving tasks, being actively involved with existing software in appropriately equipped computer labs. Teaching resources consist both of textbooks and of authentic material available in the internet.
Evaluation and Design of Teaching Materials
This module focuses on the advanced principles and techniques for evaluating teaching materials. It also aims to train students to adapt existing materials in a variety of ways and to devise new texts and tasks to supplement already published materials. More precisely, this Unit aims at supporting future teachers in the selection and adjustment of coursebook materials for various teaching contexts, relating materials design to current practices in ELT methodology in the light of contemporary ELT research. Through extensive hands-on-practice, students deal with tasks and materials designed for different age groups and various proficiency levels.
Introduction to Research Practice
This module has been designed to familiarise students with principles and tools of research and to equip them with the essential practical and theoretical foundations necessary for independent research in Linguistics and English Language Teaching. The variety of topics discussed and analysed offers students the opportunity to explore a wide range of key research practices, such as literature review, research design, data collection, data analysis research ethics, etc. Examples of good practice as well as potential practical and theoretical problems are explored in a range of research contexts. Students receive systematic and ongoing practical training in a variety of research methods and the corresponding tools, and they are also encouraged to reflect critically on their own research practices.
Psychology of Language
This course introduces students to the field of psycholinguistics. It examines the relationship between the human mind and language, addressing both theoretical and methodological issues. Although psycholinguistics encompasses a large research domain, this course concentrates on the processes involved in language production and comprehension, exploring mainly the ways in which we represent and store linguistic knowledge. The core levels of linguistic analysis are investigated (i.e. phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics). Also, students become familiar with research evidence related to speech errors and language disorders.
Practice in English Language Teaching
This unit builds on the three preceding English Language Methodology units in the BA programme of studies. Having equipped students both with the theoretical background and the principles underlying teaching English as a foreign/second language, in their Practice in English Language Teaching final-year students are offered the opportunity to implement and critically reflect on their teaching skills. Prior to students’ allocation to a specific class, there are a number of sessions that review certain main methodological issues associated with ELT. During the semester, students are expected to work closely with the module tutor and the actual teacher of their prospective class, and generate a Teaching Practice Portfolio which reflects their preparation for each teaching session and their actual teaching.
The purpose of this Unit is to provide students with an opportunity to develop an independent research project on a particular topic of their choice, which will fall under the broader area of Linguistics, TESOL, Literary Studies and Translation. Students will determine an appropriate topic for research, they will form a research question, they will review the literature on the particular subject, they will collect and analyse primary or secondary data, report their findings, make conclusions and recommendations for future research and they will develop an appropriately structured Dissertation report. This process will allow students to demonstrate their knowledge about the scientific subject and to gain new knowledge about the discipline, demonstrating their ability to conduct genuine research within the specific field of studies and to critically evaluate issues arising within the specific topic.
Graduates of this programme may pursue an exciting career as highly-qualified English language teachers, or in media, publishing, research, advertising, or management positions in educational institutions. Others may also continue their studies at Masters level.
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