With a variety of modules to choose from, students interested in language or a future career working with languages will find what this course has to offer of real relevance. The course also includes a year abroad, providing a real chance to gain valuable experience and put the skills you have developed into use. **Why study this course?** This joint honours degree provides you with a solid grounding in the core mechanics and usage of language. You will master the fundamental elements of the language and can expect to become confident and highly skilled in written and spoken German. In addition to learning the language, you will also gain a deep understanding of German culture, including the profound impact of the unification of East and West Germany in 1989. In English language, you will analyse language, its use in different social contexts and settings, on and off line, and how it is acquired and used by children and adults. During the degree you will develop your knowledge of grammar and phonetics in order to become a highly skilled user and analyst of the English language. Our method of applying the theory you learn to real-life situations will help you to understand that theory – and also show how the subject is directly relevant to many key issues in 21st-century society and the workplace. Our Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics has been a leader in the field for 50 years. **After the course** By the time you graduate, you can expect to be able to write and speak fluently in German – an immensely useful skill to have given that there is currently a great shortage of well-qualified linguists in the UK. You will develop transferable skills in analysis of language data, problem solving, team working and presentation skills and the experience of studying or working abroad also distinguishes you from non-language graduates, providing evidence of self-reliance, adaptability and enterprise. You will be suitably equipped for a wide range of career paths in areas such as teaching, publishing, marketing, advertising, media and law. Our graduates have an excellent record of gaining employment or progressing to further study. Many go on to put their linguistic skills to practical use by working for companies with a German connection. However, prospects extend well beyond translating and interpreting. Recent Reading graduates have been recruited by employers such as Sony Europe, the Civil Service, Oxford University Press, Dow Jones and PwC.