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Sheffield Hallam University

English Language

UCAS Code: Q310

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements

At least 45 credits at level 3 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English language at grade C Grade 4 or above. We do not accept GCSE equivalents.

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This must include at least 2 A Levels or equivalent BTEC qualifications, including 40 points in either A level English language, English literature or English language and literature. For example: BBB at A Level including A level English Literature. DDM in BTEC Extended Diploma. A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels, EPQ and general studies.

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About this course

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Full-time | 2019


English language

Explore the English language as it's used across the world on this well-established course. Learn how language is organised, how it works in practice in the real world for example to socialise, interact and communicate and how our use of language influences how we are perceived. Consider how the language of written texts, literary and non-literary, can persuade, entertain, and inform and you investigate the function of human communication and the relationship between spoken language and identity. Key areas of study include the syntax, semantics and phonetics of the English language how written texts, both literary and non-literary, are organised how we use language to communicate and interact how language varies according to context how we construct our identity using language. By passing three teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) option modules, you can also gain the Trinity Certificate, which qualifies you to teach English abroad.**How you learn**You study different approaches to language and communication, giving you the skills to describe language at discourse, phonetic, syntactic and semantic levels. You also gain the advanced skills required to analyse spoken and written with expertise.In your final year you complete an independent dissertation, researching a language topic of your choice, supported by a specialist supervisor. As you study, you develop valuable transferable skills in areas such as data collection, transcription methods and advanced literacy, communication and planning skills. These are all highly valued by employers. Field trips enrich your learning, with recent visits to places of interest including London's Globe Theatre Sheffield's Crucible Theatre country houses including Brodsworth Hall near DoncasterOur students also have the chance to get involved in Sheffield's annual Off the Shelf Festival of Words.**Study abroad**You have the opportunity to go on an international exchange during your second year of study, enabling you to experience another culture and improve your communication skills. Employers like to see these life experiences on a CV as they demonstrate independence, confidence and adaptability.**Work experience**In your second year you complete a work-based project. We work with you to find a placement in a working environment related to your career aspirations and your academic interests. This is a great opportunity to enhance your career prospects in a related area that inspires you. Project hosts and roles have included Every Sheffield Child Articulate and Literate (ESCAL) reading and talking volunteer Portland Work web review and journalism Freeman College language development support volunteer Sheffield Hallam's business incubation unit the Hatchery business start up Sheffield Childrens Hospital fundraising volunteer SHU Life magazine sports editor Heeley City Farm fundraising and events management Byron Wood Primary School TESOL group teaching for parents


**Year one**- • language and communication • language in social context • describing language • English as a world language: past, present and future • writing yourself: theory, practice and creativity • creative language awareness • modern foreign language

**Year two**- • language in use • work based project • language and style • sociolinguistics • foundation studies in TESOL • language, identity and power • multicultural and intercultural communication • exploring second language learning TESOL • modern foreign language • international exchange • exchange student project • language and specialist cultural studies ULS

**Year three**- • language dissertation • English and education • TESOL classroom teaching and reflection • language and gender • digital communication • politeness • language and psychology • modern foreign languages • work based project

Assessment methods

• Essays
• Presentations
• Creative writing projects
• Online workbooks
• Blogs
• Contributions to online forums
• examinations (including take-home exams)
• Professional development profiles
• Teaching practice
• Reflective diaries
• Linguistic analysis
• Collection and analysis of linguistic data
• Textual commentary
• Reports
• Production of a workbook
• Examinations
• Poster presentations

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Teaching and learning

Staff make the subject interesting
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Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
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Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
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Good advice available when making study choices

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