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. Students may apply to spend one semester studying abroad during the second year of their degree. Exchange partners are offered through the Worldwide Exchange scheme. For more information about the Study Abroad Programme please consult the following: http://www.manchester.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/studyabroad/ Studies in Russian will enable students to develop their Russian language skills to a superior level, while also developing their interests in and knowledge of a variety of other subject areas (such as film and media studies, sociology, history and politics, literary and cultural studies). Students will be provided with a broad grounding in Russian area studies, with an emphasis on the integrated study of language, culture and society. **Special Features** - Manchester is an international centre for linguistics and English language, with a range of lively activity. - 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. - Language courses are team-taught by native speakers of Russian and English-speakers with a superior command of Russian; these courses are supplemented by structured independent language-learning activities. - You have access to a wide range of Russian cultural and social events that further your study of Russian language and culture outside the classroom. **Key features of the programme include:** - intensive Russian language courses, including an optional final-year Business Russian course; - an interdisciplinary core content course (Year 1) with a multimedia focus and integrated training both in crucial study skills and in concrete transferable skills.