In this course you will investigate the sounds, words and grammar of the English language. You will discover where English comes from, how it developed over time, how it varies across the UK and further afield, and how it is used in different situations. You will acquire the skills required for analytical language study alongside the means to apply those skills to the study of historical and present-day English. In addition, you will practise key transferable skills, such as essay writing and how to give a presentation. The course allows students to achieve near-native proficiency in Arabic and to study the language within its cultural and historical context. Students start as absolute beginners and go through to an advanced level over four years. The course looks widely at culture and literature and introduces students to social and cultural trends in the Middle East and beyond. It is carefully structured so that students can measure their progress step by step. In the language courses you will gain competence in reading, writing, speaking and listening comprehension, while developing knowledge and understanding of the Arab World. In the Middle Eastern based thematic courses you will study documents which introduce you to the cultures of the medieval Middle Eastern World; read contemporary literature reflecting life and social trends in modern Middle Eastern countries. Special features Manchester is an international centre for linguistics and English language, with a range of lively activity. See the following link for recent news around the department: https://manling.wordpress.com/ BA (Hons) English Language is taught in the Department of Linguistics and English Language, where there is a virtually unique breadth of subject areas and theoretical approaches. Particular strengths in the discipline include the linguistics of English (both synchronic and diachronic), endangered languages and field linguistics, phonetics and phonology, morphology, syntax (especially Lexical-Functional Grammar and Construction Grammar), typology, language contact and sociolinguistics, historical linguistics (especially English, Romance and Germanic), semantics and pragmatics, corpus and child language acquisition. Native speakers will be involved in your language teaching at all levels, and an understanding of the culture forms an inherent part of the learning of language. Your study is supported by the multi-media facilities of the Language Centre. Staff there can also put you in touch with students who are native speakers of the language you study. Multi-cultural Manchester provides excellent general opportunities for contact with native speakers of Arabic and the pursuit of relevant cultural interests outside the University (e.g. public lectures, societies, cultural events etc.). The year of Study Abroad offers you the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of the modern life in a Middle Eastern country. You will have the chance to gain skills in the context of the everyday or colloquial usage of your language.