About the course
Do you have a passion for language? Do you enjoy expressing yourself in words? If you’re looking to take your talent further, then we’ll give you the chance to see what you could achieve.
On the course you’ll be taught by tutors who are actively involved in writing and getting their work published. They’re passionate about their subject, and will focus on giving you the opportunity to explore your own talents. You’ll be encouraged to develop your writing across a whole range of creative media, including theatre, film, television and radio as well as fiction and poetry.
In your first year we’ll look at both English language and creative writing. Then once the year is over you’ll be able to choose how you want to specialise for the next two years of your degree.
Your learning will extend beyond the classroom, as we’ll also get you out in the field to visit key locations. You could visit the nearby Bronte Parsonage in Haworth, or go to the British Library. Every year students also have the chance to attend events at the Huddersfield Literature Festival.
In your second year, you’ll also have the opportunity to take a placement for five weeks, as part of the ‘Language in the Workplace’ module. You’ll have the chance to see how the language skills you’ve learnt on the course can be applied in the working environment. Recent graduates have taken placements at Pen and Sword Books, Quest Media, Maiden-voyage.com, M-Four Translation (Manchester City Council) and primary and secondary schools.
Language is absolutely central to our lives and the world we live in. Through language we form relationships, teach our children and manage our day-to-day lives: It underpins our whole existence. On this course we explore many facets of language, including its history, diversity and structure. We explore its use in a variety of contexts including interaction, politics, humour and forensics. Our students graduate with a set of skills and knowledge that is ideal for a broad range of careers from advertising to teaching, from public relations to local government, from marketing to speech therapy and so on.
Liz Holt, Head of English Language, Linguistics and Modern Languages
Introduction to Descriptive Linguistics
This module introduces you to the structure of language as a system. You'll be able to explore the basics of linguistic description, using mostly, but not only, the English language to illustrate. The module focuses on the fundamental linguistic concept of ‘levels’ of language, starting from the smallest (sounds) and building up to sentence structure. Emphasis is on the development of practical skills in analysing language structure. This module will be assessed by a mixture of coursework assessments and formal examinations.
Approaches to Language Study
This module introduces you to a number of theoretical, analytical and methodological advances that have had a significant impact on the development of linguistics as a discipline. You will be introduced to principal ideas in linguistics and practical issues in carrying out research into language. The module thus acts as a precursor to many of the issues that will be explored in greater detail in years 2 and 3 of the course, and is designed to enthuse you about the value of studying language.
Introduction to Stylistics
This module introduces you to the linguistic analysis of literary and other texts. The focus is on describing and explaining the relationship between linguistic choices and poetic effects in the three major literary genres of poetry, drama and prose fiction. In the lectures you are introduced to a range of analytical tools for describing and explaining meaning and effect, and in seminars you are given the opportunity to test out your understanding by applying these tools to the analysis of a number of extracts from literary texts. The emphasis throughout the course is on you developing practical analytical skills.
Writing and Thinking Creatively
This module aims to clarify the principles of good writing and to encourage you to reflect upon and improve you own abilities. It will also cover a variety of related academic skills. Topics covered in the module include: phrasing for clear meaning; building sentences that work; selecting an appropriate tone and register; structuring paragraphs logically; developing your style; organising ideas; planning a first draft; revising and editing; proofreading.
The ABC of Creative Writing
This module introduces you to the principle craft techniques and methods in producing creative work in specified forms and conventions. You'll be given stimulus material for writing, be encouraged to participate in creative group work and to develop skills in re-writing. The workshops and seminars will include wide reading, discussion of established forms and conventions in the writing of poems and short fiction, and also work with stimulus material. The assessments for this module are entirely coursework assessments.
Choose one from a list which may include:
Introduction to Intercultural Communication
Introduction to Intercultural Communication provides an overview of the main concepts, methodologies and data types of the field of intercultural communication and interpersonal pragmatics in a broader sense. By analysing real-life interactions, you'll study key topics such as relationality, culturally situated language use, misunderstandings, rituals, ideologies and politeness.
This module focuses on the various relationships between language and society. It considers the difference between languages and dialects, how these develop and what constitutes a community of speakers. It explores the way in which language can vary according to a number of factors such as social class, age and gender, and examines how language works to create identity. It also considers macro-sociolinguistic issues involving the role of particular language varieties (with an emphasis on English) in particular societies. The module prioritises the collection and analysis of ‘real’ as opposed to intuitive linguistic data, in order for you to develop an understanding of sociolinguistic principles.
History of English
This module introduces you to the history of the English language from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present day. You'll have the opportunity to focus on how English has developed historically, from its earliest origins in the Old English period, through its development into Middle English and then Early Modern English, to its present-day status as a global language. The key theme of the module is how English varies over time, and you'll be encouraged to examine how intra- and extra-linguistic factors have caused this.
Language in the Workplace
This module provides you with the opportunity to study the language in context as you undertake a work placement or work-related activity. You’ll be asked to present work for assessment in the form of documentation associated with the placement or activity, a written log evaluation of the process, experience and outcomes, and an oral presentation on related issues and career planning.
Writing Beyond the Page
This module pays close attention to issues which influence what writers write and how they write it. It explores a range of techniques for writing for specific contexts and critically evaluates how contemporary writers respond to socio-political and aesthetic issues through irony, satire, parody and allegory. It also considers how literary writers can employ techniques such as performance poetry, the satirical sketch and dramatic monologue to create character, create dramatic tension and energy, free up creativity and overcome writer’s block. You'll be introduced to a number of issue-based literary and dramatic texts and will be given guided opportunities to develop your own form of expression.
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Communication across Cultures
Communication across Cultures provides introduction to culture-specific interactional norms, by comparing linguistic behaviour in a range of target cultures. This module puts strong emphasis on cross-cultural rather than intercultural issues, giving you a wide comparative overview of interactional norms across cultures, with the aim of boosting your practical competence in interpreting cross-cultural differences in terms of language behaviour.
This module focuses on informal conversation. Fundamental features of this variety will be explored, including the turn-taking system, turn construction units, storytelling, overlap, repair and preference. Discussion will include consideration of approaches to the study of language, and the relationship between language and society as a result of studying conversation analytic findings.
This module focuses on the linguistic analysis of style in language. It aims to improve your skills in text analysis through the introduction of a range of cutting-edge theories, frameworks and methods for literary and non-literary stylistic analysis. You'll have the opportunity to explore the relationship between form and function in language by analysing a wide range of texts and investigating such issues as text style, genre style and authorial style.
Corpus linguistics focuses on the techniques of computational corpus-based language study. The module concentrates on the analysis of electronic linguistic corpora using corpus linguistics software packages such as AntConc and WMatrix. Corpus linguistics methodologies are used to illuminate such areas of linguistics as grammar, lexicography and stylistics. Additionally, you'll have the chance to examine how to build, store and exploit your own corpora for linguistic analysis.
After considering the scope of pragmatics (language use) and its place in the study of language and communication, this module covers its major conceptual foundations (speech act theory, deixis, presupposition, implicature, relevance theory, context) and then proceeds to introduce its major developments and applications (the pragmatic perspective on conversational structure; interpersonal pragmatics, intercultural pragmatics; discursive pragmatics; metapragmatics.)
This module introduces you to the history and practice of field linguistics and helps you to acquire the skills needed for successful description of unfamiliar languages. Imagine you are the first literate person to contact an isolated village of speakers of a previously undiscovered language. Your group will have the opportunity to work with one speaker of a language unknown to you, to discover some of the regularities of sounds and structures that make up this language.
Phonetics and Phonology
This module develops your skills in the phonetic and phonological approach to language analysis. It will build upon your knowledge from Introduction to Descriptive Linguistics, while introducing new levels of phonetic and phonological analysis. This module will cover the basics of acoustic analysis of speech, commonly used phonological notation, and the position of phonology within linguistics. You will be introduced to a new piece of software to conduct acoustic analysis of speech and also be provided the tools to analyse and describe sound alternations in different languages.
The aim of this module is to develop the tools of syntactic analysis and description that you began to acquire in 'Introduction to Descriptive Linguistics'. You will be introduced to a more formal syntactic framework, specifically Minimalist Generative Syntax, which will be contrasted with other generative and non-generative approaches. You will be introduced to the theoretical motivations behind Minimalism and apply the theoretical apparatus to solve syntactic problems. This will provide a more nuanced understanding of the grammatical features of language, how languages differ and how grammatical relationships are realised.
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Writing Short Stories
This module explores the key aspects of writing short fiction. It will help you to experiment with form and expression in story writing and to be constructively critical of your work. You'll be introduced to a number of types of short story and encouraged to develop your own story ideas. You'll be encouraged to read widely in the short story form. The module covers such areas as narrative modes, characterisation, innovative ways of building plot organically, dialogue and creative editing skills.
The Art of Poetry
You will develop knowledge, understanding and expertise in the art and craft of poetry by studying a representative range of contemporary, modern and pre-Twentieth century poetry. You will discover how formal, technical and stylistic elements are used in different contexts to enable, effect and complement intention, theme and content. You will apply this knowledge by writing in a variety of forms and deploying a range of techniques, your practice being informed by the exemplars you have studied. You will demonstrate theoretical as well as practical learning by critically commenting on your own and others’ work in the light of your study of poetry, technique and form.
The course also offers an optional one-year (40 weeks) work placement after the second year, in the UK or abroad. This will give you the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience, insight into your chosen career and open up your graduate employment prospects.
Dissertation In English Language and Linguistics
You'll be asked to produce an extended piece of work supervised individually by a member of staff. There will be a regular schedule of supervisions and you'll be asked to submit evidence of your progress (outlines, drafts, etc.) at regular intervals. The skills workshops will focus on raising your awareness of research practices, and developing your organisational and self-management skills.
Creative Writing Project
This module aims to support you in the production of a portfolio of original work in a category to be negotiated with the tutor. The production of a self-reflective commentary on the creative process is integral to the project. You'll be asked to provide a project proposal outlining the content of your project. Regular tutorials will be available to help you manage your time and offer constructive feedback to help with rewriting and drafting of creative work. It is recognised that a single piece of creative work may not be appropriate for all students, so a portfolio may contain a mixture of poetry and prose or other kinds of creative writing.
Choose two from a list which may include:
Relations Across Cultures
The module studies a wide range of interpersonal pragmatic practices, focusing on how relationships are co-constructed in interaction. Instead of approaching interpersonal relations as stand-alone phenomena, the module provides an analytic view to encourage you to capture these practices in a single framework, by approaching them as social actions situated in time and space.
Translation in Practice
This module introduces you to the translation theory and provides the instruction and setting for translation practice. You'll have the opportunity to explore translation history and the emergence of translation studies, the current problems and issues in the field. You'll be supported to apply these theoretical concepts to texts, evaluating the difficulties and problems faced in the translation process. You'll be encouraged to examine the tools to overcome difficulties and the vocabulary to describe and criticise translations. You'll also have the chance to explore the practicalities of the translation business, from seeking work to using technologies available.
This module allows you to explore current issues and practices in a number of aspects of audiovisual translation (AVT), including subtitling, audio description and dubbing for TV and film drama. The module aims to develop your understanding of the effects of decisions made in the process of audiovisual translation, and to use linguistic insights to improve professional practice in this area. You'll have the opportunity to explore both the theoretical and practical aspects of audiovisual translation and gain knowledge of the industry.
Language of Humour
This module focuses on how the kind of language we use can vary according to such factors as the geographical or social background of the speaker, the formality or informality of the speech situation and the purpose of the speech event. In addition, you'll have the opportunity to consider how the identity of speakers is represented by the way in which they use language, and how speakers interact with others in order to achieve particular conversational goals.
This module explores bilingualism and multilingualism, describing the phenomena and learning how they are acquired, practised and lost in speakers. You'll have the chance to explore the social contexts surrounding multilingualism, such as education and community, as well as social attitudes towards multilingualism.
Language and Power
You'll have the opportunity to explore issues relating to language and power and how to apply the techniques of critical linguistics to example texts ranging from casual conversation to political speechmaking. Techniques you’ll have the chance to study include the analysis of naming, transitivity, modality, speech and thought representation, presupposition, opposition, negation and deixis. You'll also be encouraged to read and discuss extracts of the seminal work in this field.
Child Language Acquisition
This module provides an introduction into the way in which children acquire language. Along with overviewing some general issues such as the acquisition of vocabulary and grammar, the module explores the procedure of acquiring social skills through language learning. This ‘socialisation’ process spans expression of one’s emotions via language, through the proper use of conventional language, to distinguishing between the norm of language use in group and individual settings. The module aims to train you to collect and critically analyse language data produced by children.
Face and Politeness
This module is about how people get on – or don’t get on – with each other. It explores why people say the things they say and do the things they do, the effects of these actions on their feelings and sense of self, and how they evaluate what people say and do as polite or rude, friendly or unfriendly, acceptable or unacceptable.
Forensic Phonetics and Forensic Linguistics
This module provides an introduction to forensics as it is applied to both speech (Forensic Phonetics) and text (Forensic Linguistics). On this module you will learn about the roles speech and text play as evidence in the courtroom as well as for criminal investigations. You will be introduced to a range of topics from both forensic phonetics and forensic linguistics that will enable you to situate the use of language in the real world and to analyse speech and written language from a forensic perspective. The topics introduced through this module will be supported by lectures and hands-on lab work.
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Experiments in Narrative
This module is intended to explore the boundaries of genre: the hazy area between fiction and non-fiction; innovative practice that brings poetry and fiction together; writing that incorporates text and image; hypertext and new media writing and writing that situates itself in relation to other art forms. Through study of exemplary texts, you'll have the opportunity to explore a variety of experimental narrative possibilities which you could consider applying to your own writing practice. In term one, discussion in workshops of exemplary material will help provide you with ideas for development in term two. You'll be asked to produce a portfolio of work to demonstrate different approaches to innovative writing. A self-reflective commentary on intentions and the creative process will also be requested to accompany the portfolio.
Liberating Poetic Chaos
W.B. Yeats once commented to Ezra Pound that the work of a ‘minor poet’ failed to engage because it ‘lacked chaos’. By this Yeats seems to have meant that the poet, although technically competent, had failed to develop an utterance that was an authentic expression of his inner life and being. Liberating Poetic Chaos aims to enhance your poetic practice by enabling you to encounter this affective dimension of creativity that Yeats alludes to — and to consciously deploy the fruits of that encounter in your own poetic work. Informed by case studies of exemplary texts and poets, you will identify and explore the conjunction of objective and subjective factors in your own life which combine to form your unique ‘chaos’ — the source of your creativity. In doing so, you will take the first steps on the road to finding your own distinctive voice — and developing vision and ambition in your work. You will undertake a range of analytical and writing activities and write a portfolio of poems that constitutes a distinctive expression of your developing chaos.
At any year of study, one module outside the named degree programme, but offered within the School of Music, Humanities and Media, may be taken as an alternative to any of the option modules listed above where feasible and subject to timetabling restrictions and the approval of your Course Leader.
Teaching and assessment
12% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures and seminars etc. This is supported by opportunities for individual consultation with staff. You are encouraged to participate in group work and presentations. Assessment includes essays, textual analyses, formal examinations and group presentation.
Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.
Feedback (either written and/or verbal) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.
ABBat A Level
128 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications
DDM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
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