Do you want a deeper understanding of language as an important bridge for many cultures across the globe? This course will develop your knowledge of English, its nature, mechanics, and evolution. You’ll also have the chance to explore specialist skills like creative writing and Teaching English as a Foreign Language, opening up many new career options. You’ll be introduced to many issues in applied linguistics and language studies, such as semantics, phonetics and phonology, then learn to apply them to a range of contexts. You’ll trace how the English language has developed and spread across the globe, splitting into different offshoots and 'new Englishes'. You’ll examine how language is used to shape and manipulate people's ideas and opinions, and how English is picked up as a first or second language by both children and adults. Our choice of modules will let you delve deeper into your own interests or career, with options like creative writing, literature, Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) or the media. You’ll even get the chance to study a foreign language from beginner or elementary level. English is increasingly used as a global language, and excellent communication and intercultural skills are nowadays required by many employers. This course will help you to explore the nature and mechanics of the English language.