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BA English Language and Linguistics

Year 1

(Award available for year: Certificate of Higher Educ)

Learning outcomes

The following learning outcomes refer to the programme aims listed in the section Programme specification. On completion of the year students should have:

- an understanding of core linguistic terms and concepts (Aim 1)
- an awareness of core terms and concepts in the study of the English language (Aim 2)
- an awareness of the historical, social, political and cultural contexts of the English language (Aim 3)
- the ability to outline common approaches to the study of language (Aim 4)
- an understanding of core terms and concepts relating to theory formation and theory testing (Aim 5)
- the ability to carry out a basic linguistic analysis of given written and/or spoken data, with appropriate guidance (Aim 6)
- an awareness of formal, qualitative and quantitative methods of linguistic analysis (Aim 6)
- a familiarity with a range of analytic techniques, including phonetic transcription and structural annotation (Aim 6)
- the ability to discuss written and spoken style in terms of grammar, lexis, and phonology (Aim 7)
- an understanding of the aims and scope of major sub-disciplines of English language and linguistics, and a familiarity with research in these areas (Aim 8)
- the ability to use electronic and library-based resources to investigate familiar and unfamiliar language data (Aim 9)
- an awareness of ethical and methodological issues involved in collecting and analysing linguistic data (Aim 9)
- the ability to read for academic purposes and summarize complex ideas in relation to the study of language, with close guidance (Aim 10)
- the ability to present a short coherent argument in an appropriate written or oral style, based on some amount of independent research, with close guidance (Aim 10)
- a familiarity with general and discipline-specific conventions of acknowledging and referencing source material (Aim 10)

Transferable (key) skills

Students will have had the opportunity to acquire, as defined in the modules specified for the programme:
- the transferable skills necessary to non-vocational employment, or to further academic study and/or professional qualifications
- information technology skills related to the access and use of electronic resources;
- an awareness of the role of personal responsibility in personal and academic development;
- the ability to make decisions within a constrained environment, appropriate to the Level of study;
- the communication of limited and simple information appropriate to the Level of study;
- skills necessary for the exercising of personal responsibility.


Achievement will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the year/programme and will include:

- demonstrating the capacity to understand and apply standard concepts, terms, information and techniques relevant to the disciplines;
- demonstrating an ability to conduct independent, in-depth enquiry within the disciplines;
- demonstrating the ability to construct an argument;
- producing work that draws on a range of material associated with the disciplines;
- producing work that is evaluative and critical;
- practising emerging skills and competencies within a supportive environment.


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