BA English Language and Linguistics: modules and course structure

The below information is relevant for both our single honours English Language and Linguistics course (Q3Q1) and any dual honours courses with Linguistics (QT12, QV15 and QR60).

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Modules

Over the course of each academic year at Sheffield, you will need to study modules that equate to the value of 120 credits. Some of these credits will be taken up by our core modules, which are designed to give you the breadth of knowledge and ways of thinking necessary to the degree being awarded. For your remaining credits, you will be able to choose from an extensive range of optional modules, allowing you to shape your degree to the topics that interest you.

Year 1

In the first year, single honors students will take four core modules (worth 20 credits each) that cover material from four important sub-areas of linguistics: theoretical linguistic structure, historical linguistics, language use, and experimental linguistics. A grounding in research methods is embedded throughout all your core modules.

Module title Credits Core/ Optional
Sounds of English and Structures of English (ELL112 and ELL113) 20 Core
History of English (ELL114) 20 Core
Linguistic Theory (ELL120) 20 Core
Varieties of English (ELL110) 20 Core

If you are a dual honours student, you will take 60 credits of Linguistics modules including: Sounds of English, Structures of English, and two other core modules of your choice. You must also fulfil the core module requirement for your other subject.

Your remaining credits can be chosen from our optional modules below:

Module title Credits Core/ Optional
Early Englishes 20 Optional
Practical Stylistics 20 Optional
Celtic Languages and Literatures: an Introduction 20 Optional

Or you can take up to 40 credits from across the School of English or the wider University. Optional modules available in the School of English for first year students include:

Module title Credits Core/ Optional
Contemporary Literature 20 Optional
Introduction to Creative Writing 20 Optional
Early American Literature 20 Optional
Shakespeare 20 Optional
History of English 20 Optional
Studying Theatre 20 Optional
Foundations in Literary Study: Biblical and Classical Sources 20 Optional
Introduction to Cinema 20 Optional
Reviewing Theatre 20 Optional
Hollywood Cinema 20 Optional
Renaissance to Revolution (students wishing to take this module must begin it in the Autumn semester) 20 Optional
Year 2

Having developed core skills in your first year, you are given the freedom to choose from a wide selection of modules in your second year.

Here is a list of modules currently being offered for second year English Language and Linguistics students:

Module title Credits Core/ Optional
Phonetics 20 Optional
Language Politics and Language Planning 20 Optional
Syntax  - please note: you must have studied Linguistic Theory (ELL120) in your first year to take this module. 20 Optional
Language Attitudes 20 Optional
Language and Cognition 20 Optional
Introduction to Middle English 20 Optional
Sociolinguistics 20 Optional
Exiles and Monsters: An Introduction to Old English 20 Optional
First Language Acquisition - please note: you must have studied Linguistic Theory (ELL120) in your first year to take this module. 20 Optional
Phonology - please note: you must have studied Linguistic Theory (ELL120) in your first year to take this module. 20 Optional
Special Subject (topic varies annually) 20 Optional
Writing the Real 20 Optional
The History of Persuasion 20 Optional

For a list of other optional modules available across the School of English for second year students, please visit our webpage.

Year 3

In your third year, you are again given the freedom to choose from a wide selection of optional modules.

You will also be given the opportunity to undertake an independent research project, which can be written up as a dissertation. This is an optional component of our degree programme and those who choose to do a dissertation find that the organisational skills it requires serve them well in their future careers.

Here is a list of modules currently being offered for third year English Language and Linguistics students:

Module title Credits Core/ Optional
Language and Gender 20 Optional
Approaches to Discourse 20 Optional
Historical Pragmatics 20 Optional
Advanced Syntax 20 Optional
TESOL 20 Optional
Advanced Phonetics 20 Optional
World Englishes 20 Optional
Digital Language and Literature 20 Optional
Special Subject (topic varies annually) 20 Optional
Theolinguistics 20 Optional
Dialect in Literature and Film 20 Optional
Conversation Analysis 20 Optional
Text - Worlds 20 Optional
Researching Readers 20 Optional
Psychology of Language 20 Optional
Research Practice 20 Optional
Dissertation 20 Optional

Teaching

Throughout your degree, you will be taught through a mixture of lectures and seminars. Lectures are designed to give you a grounding in a particular topic and to introduce you to the surrounding theories, concepts and ideas. Seminars give you the chance to explore these topics in greater depth, to develop your own ideas and to share these through discussion with your tutors and fellow students.

Assessment

As well as written essays and more traditional timed exams, you’ll also experience a range of other assessment methods depending on the modules you choose. These can include: group presentations, reports, data visualisation, data mining, research planning or designing posters.


Course content: The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.


Related information

BA English Language and Linguistics (2019 entry)

BA English Language and Linguistics (2020 entry)

Single honours courses

Dual honours courses