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. A year in Italy is included, providing the opportunity to experience Italian life and culture whilst furthering your studies. **Why study this course?** This joint honours degree provides you with a solid grounding in the core mechanics and usage of language. Through this course you will master the fundamental elements of the Italian language and can expect to become confident and highly skilled in written and spoken Italian. Our small class sizes and direct access to expert staff for help and feedback ensures you develop your language skills to the best of your ability. You will gain a broad understanding of the most important features of the culture and history of Italy, from the Middle Ages to today 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. **After the course** By the time you graduate, you can expect to be able to write and speak fluently in Italian – an immensely useful skill to have given that there is currently a great shortage of well-qualified linguists in the UK. The experience of studying or working abroad also distinguishes you from non-language graduates, providing evidence of self-reliance, adaptability and enterprise, and you will develop transferable skills in analysis of language data, problem solving, team working and presentation skills. 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, and job 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, all of whom clearly value the technical and intellectual training of a degree in modern languages.