Are you interested in analysing and using the English language in the real world? This course explores English in a broad range of real-life environments, giving you the ability to understand the ways in which the language works on listeners or readers, and skills in producing your own texts.
Plus, if you are interested in becoming a teacher of English as a foreign language, you can choose to follow a special strand which will lead to the award of the Trinity Certificate in TESOL.
On this course you can:
The course gives you the opportunity to enhance your employability skills, reflect on the ways in which you've done so and learn to express this to potential employers. You will develop communicative and professional skills used in careers across the private and public sectors. You may enhance your graduate employment opportunities, owing to our strong partnerships with organisations across the globe.
Analysing transcripts of stand up comedy or sketch shows to see how comedians use features of language to create humour was one of my favourite parts.
Dorothy Constantino, BA (Hons) English Language student 2013
Find out what our students say about studying at Portsmouth, including:
In the first year you will be introduced to the fundamentals of linguistic analysis and how to 'do things' with language. You will also learn the methods for carrying out language-based projects and how to properly report their findings. Emphasis is also placed on making sure that you become familiar with the conventions of academic writing in the area of English and linguistics. The first year consists of core courses to ensure that you have a firm foundation for further study.
You will refine the knowledge that you acquired in year one and become familiar with the subtle links between language structure and meaning. You will be working with a wide range of texts in order to understand and appreciate how language is used and manipulated in different contexts and for different purposes in the media, advertising, literature and so on.
Options to choose from in this year currently include:
Level 5 students accepted on the Cert TESOL must take TESOL and they must also take Trinity Certificate Teaching Practice. This unit may either be taken as part of the degree programme or as an additional unit. In this case an extra fee will be charged. Acceptance on to the Cert TESOL is based on meeting professional requirements.
Year three focuses on communication theory and practice, as well as the way in which language is used in professional contexts. You will also be able to study the historical evolution of English, how it has become a global language and the varieties that have emerged as a result of its spread. You will also research your own topic for the dissertation with the help of a supervisor. This will form a substantial part of your work.
Options to choose from in this year currently include:
We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.
*This course is also available as a 4-year sandwich (work placement)
A great way to gain work experience, where you will spend the year working with a company or organisation, for a minimum of 30 weeks, in the UK or abroad. If you choose to do a Placement Year, this will be between your second and your final year of your course.
We provide a varied, creative and stimulating learning environment, with highly motivated and research active staff. You will take part in blended learning, with online activity supporting the knowledge and skills you gain via traditional class contact in lectures and seminars.
The time you spend in teaching activities may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:
Our assessment methods are varied, with relatively few formal examinations. Most assessment is done through submission of essays, reports, case studies, book reviews or other pieces of written work. Some units are assessed by means of projects, which can be particularly useful to build up your career profile. Oral presentations are also occasionally used to ensure that you are able to present a topic of your choice in front of a small audience.
The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:
Dr Mario Saraceni
English Language and Linguistics
You'll learn how English works as well as how it is used in practice in a variety of areas such as in the media, professional settings, literature and the courtroom.
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You will be taught by specialist staff who are actively undertaking research in this field, ensuring you are kept abreast of the latest developments. Staff are members of the Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR).
You will have access to the Learning Resource Centre where you will be able to watch live satelite broadcasts, access our extensive foreign film and documentary archive, as well as books, magazines and other resources. There is also a multimedia workshop where you are able to create rich presentation and assignment materials such as videos and podcasts.
Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.
There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.
For the study abroad or overseas placement, you will be required to pay all additional costs. These will be in the region of £1000.
You will also be required to meet any extra tuition costs for units of study that are taken outside of your agreed study abroad programme. These costs will be in the region of £200. The Trinity College London Certificate in TESOL can be taken as an additional unit for £320.
The knowledge and skills you will acquire on this course will be useful in a variety of fields including advertising, education, communication, media, marketing, publishing, and technical writing. If you choose the Teaching English as a Foreign Language pathway, you will be able to teach English as a foreign language anywhere in the world. In addition, this degree can also be your ideal springboard for postgraduate study.
Your time at the University of Portsmouth will also help you to develop a wide range of skills in analysis, criticism and argument. During your course, you will have the opportunity to develop transferable skills that are valued by prospective employers such as communication, research, time management, teamworking and problem solving.
You will have the opportunity to find work experience related to your degree and enhance your employability skills, reflect on the ways in which you've done so and learn to express this to potential employers. You can do this through a placement year, where you may gain work experience with a company or organisation in the UK or abroad, or through the Learning from Experience (LiFE) unit, which lets you earn credits toward your degree for work/research placements, volunteer roles or internships undertaken alongside your studies.
To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.
Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.
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To apply, you'll need this course's UCAS code, which is at the top of this page, and the University of Portsmouth institution code – P80.
After you apply, we'll invite you to an Applicant Experience Day where you’ll get to speak to lecturers and meet your future classmates. You’ll also be able to explore course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.
If you'd like to tour the campus or meet teaching staff before you apply, find out about our other visiting opportunities.
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When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.