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. Gives students a thorough grounding in the language and culture of the Spanish-speaking world as well as the opportunity to learn Catalan. Alongside their study of Spanish language, students explore a range of options in visual culture (including film), area-specific history, linguistics and literature. Year 3 is spent in a Spanish-speaking country (on university exchange, work placement, teaching as an English assistant). **Special Features** **English Language** - Manchester is an international centre for linguistics and English language, with a range of lively activity. - 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. **Spanish** - The breadth of expertise among staff across Spanish and Latin American Studies means an unusually rich and broad curriculum - 80% of staff are first-language Spanish-speakers - Language courses taught by native speakers with specific training.