If you are interested in understanding how language works and is applied to different situations, then this course will appeal to you. You will analyse language, its use in different social contexts and settings, online and offline, how it is acquired and used by children and adults, how it is taught, its role in politics and the increasingly globalised world. Our diverse and interdisciplinary portfolio of modules will enable you to explore theories of language in the contemporary world and learn how to apply this knowledge in real life situations. During the degree you will develop your knowledge of grammar, phonetics and discourse analysis in order to become a highly skilled user and analyst of the English language. If you are interested in gaining an international dimension to your degree, then there is also the chance to study abroad for six months or one year, at universities in great locations in Europe, Australia, Japan and Canada, or to undertake a year working abroad. In the third year, you will have the opportunity to carry out your own project for your dissertation, with one-to-one advice and support from your supervisor or conduct a workplace-based project. Throughout our programme you will also understand how the subject is directly relevant to the workplace and to key issues in twenty-first-century society. By studying for a degree in English Language you will gain skills relevant to a wide range of careers. These include teaching (both in the UK and abroad), speech and language therapy, publishing, events coordinating, journalism, speech writing, the Civil Service, the media (including advertising, marketing and public relations) and information technology. Our Department has been a leader in the field for 50 years. We have a long-established tradition in applied linguistics and our department offers a contemporary, dynamic and cutting-edge programme.