English Language with a Modern Language BA(Hons) 2017-18This course also available for 2018-19 entry
About the course
Language matters. It is fundamental to our perception, and our place in the world. It is at the heart of how communities are built and it underpins human relationships. Principles of humour, power and cross-cultural relations are all dependent upon the formation and interpretation of language.
The ability to speak a foreign language is an increasingly valuable ability in the current era of mass globalisation. It also provides a different and intriguing perspective on the study of language and linguistics.
This course gives you the chance to study English alongside another modern language, with expert support from staff who are actively engaged in writing and publishing.
You'll be supported to develop knowledge of a range of language styles and the tools used to describe them and to acquire a practical understanding of what language is and how it works. You'll explore the concepts, modes of analysis and theoretical approaches of different branches of linguistics and will study the role of language in society. Your studies will help you to develop your language skills and understanding of the societies and cultures of the countries in which it is spoken. You'll also get the opportunity to integrate your studies in English Language and your chosen modern language.
By studying this course, you'll be preparing yourself for a future career in fields including publishing, broadcasting, teaching, writing, advertising, management and politics (amongst others).
Why study English Language with a Modern Language at Huddersfield?
• Your studies will be led by lecturers who are all accredited by the Higher Education Academy, with internationally recognized expertise across a range of language related fields (86.9% of research submitted for the most recent national research audit was rated as either ‘world leading' or ‘internationally excellent').
• Your learning will extend beyond the boundaries of the classroom. With huge events such as the Huddersfield Literature Festival, exciting concepts like graphic recording, occasional visits (eg to the British Library to see the History of English Exhibition in 2011) and poetry karaoke. Your course will amaze, delight and encourage you.
• With option modules in your second and third years, you'll have the flexibility to focus your studies on topics that interest you. This includes the option to study areas such as phonetics, child language acquisition, bilingualism, and the language of humour.
• Our French, Spanish and German examiners are consistently impressed by the standard of our teaching, assessment, feedback, resources and curriculum.
25 / 09 / 2017
5 years part-time
Entry requirements for this course are normally one of the following:
• ABB at A Level including a minimum grade B in any form of English
• 320 UCAS points including a minimum grade B at A Level in any form of English
• DDM BTEC
• An Access course with 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above In addition, the standard entry level point for your modern language is an A Level in the chosen language (e.g. French, Spanish or German). However, depending on your profile, it might be possible to start below this level as the School offers a wide range of modules. Please contact the Admissions Tutor to discuss.Please note: UCAS points are based on the new UCAS tariff, introduced for courses starting in 2017/18.
With option modules in your later years, you'll be able to lead your studies and select areas that interest you.
Your early modules provide a broad introduction to the study of language, including stylistics, syntax and language development. You'll also select your modern language, choosing from French, German or Spanish. The course explores cultural and contextual aspects of your chosen language, as well as teaching you the practical skills in speaking, reading and writing.
Then, you'll continue to study your chosen modern language, whilst directing your studies through the choice of option modules. You may choose to explore areas such as phonetics, poetry, and child language acquisition (amongst others).
In your final year, you'll be supported to produce a dissertation on a research topic of your choice, whilst continuing to develop your contextual and practical skills in your modern language. You'll also select from option modules which include fascinating topics such as bilingualism, pragmatics, and the language of power.
Read on for details of each core and option module.
Year 1 Core modules:
French Language in Context: Further Studies
This module provides those of you who have passed the French Language in Context: Studies (AFF1213) module (or equivalent) the opportunity to develop your ability to communicate in the language. Oral role-plays will provide the opportunity to improve confidence and range of expression, whilst written activities will aim to build fluency and quality of composition. Reading and aural exercises will aim to consolidate these skills. The topic-based content of the module is contemporary and is designed to provide you with a broad understanding of key social, political and cultural phenomena. You will be assessed through reading/writing, speaking and listening activities carried out in tutorial.
Practical French: Applied
This module provides those of you who have passed the Practical French: Understanding French (AFF1223) module (or equivalent) the opportunity to improve your range and accuracy in the language. It is designed to offer a comprehensive basis for fluency in oral and written work. A wide range of activities will be considered, such as practical language exercises and translation into the foreign language. You'll be assessed through reading/writing, speaking and listening activities carried out in tutorial.
Year 2 Core module:
French Language in Context: Comparative Studies
This module provides those of you who have passed the French Language in Context: Further Studies (AFF1314) module (or who have equivalent competence) with the opportunity to develop further your ability to communicate in the language. Oral role-plays and group discussions give you the opportunity to improve your confidence and range of expression, whilst written activities aim to help build your communication skills. Reading and aural exercises aim to complement these. The topic-based content of the module is contemporary and is designed to provide you with a good understanding of key socio-cultural issues of places where the language is spoken. You'll be assessed through reading/writing, speaking and listening activities carried out in tutorial.
Practical French: towards Proficiency
This module provides those of you who have passed the Practical French: Applied (AFF1324) module (or who have equivalent competence) with the opportunity to improve further your fluency and accuracy in the foreign language. It is designed to build on your advanced level in oral and written work. A wide range of activities will be available, such as translation into the language, information searches and the writing of reports. You'll have access to authentic materials relating to current affairs and the business world. You'll be assessed through reading/writing, speaking and listening activities carried out in tutorial.
Option modules: Choose three from:
Year 3 Core module:
French Language in Context: Higher Studies
This advanced module enables those of you who have passed the French Language in Context: Comparative Studies (AIF2315) module (or who have equivalent competence) with the opportunity to develop further your ability to communicate in the language. Advanced oral role-plays and debates aim to help improve spontaneity and sophistication of expression, whilst written activities aim to help build greater fluency in the use of linguistic structures. Reading and aural exercises provide the opportunity to augment these skills. The topic-based content of the module is contemporary and is designed to provide you with an in-depth understanding of certain key socio-cultural issues of relevant countries. You'll be assessed through reading/writing, speaking and listening activities carried out in tutorial.
Practical French: Towards Mastery
This module enables those of you who have passed the Practical French: towards Proficiency (AIF2325) module (or who have equivalent competence) with the opportunity to improve further your fluency and accuracy in the language. Complex language material from a variety of sources, including those that relate to business and other practical or vocational topics will be available for you to exploit and help develop and refine your language skills. You'll be assessed through reading/writing, speaking and listening activities carried out in tutorial.
Option modules: Choose two (if the core module is a dissertation) or three (if core is a project) from:
We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.
We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.
We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.
Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.
When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.
The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.
TheERASMUS+ exchange is a great opportunity to study abroad for part of your degree and boost your confidence – and it will look really good on your CV too. You can spend a term at one of our partner universities where you join in classes and receive credits towards your degree at the same time. We have partnerships with universities in Athens, Ghent, Granada, Hanover, Paris and the USA. You may also wish to enhance your experience and study another language for which you can gain additional credits.
In a competitive global marketplace, by combining your major subject choice with a modern language you can add extra value to your skills and knowledge. Many potential employers have overseas offices and do business around the world. Developing the ability to speak a foreign language will help to improve your employability prospects.
The course also aims to help you develop advanced skills in communication, self-motivation, teamwork, analysis, creative problem solving and persuasiveness. These are skills widely valued by potential employers.
Previous graduates have gone on to work in fields such as publishing, broadcasting, teaching, writing, advertising, management and politics.
By studying at Huddersfield, you'll have access to a first-rate Careers and Employability Service, on hand to talk you through your options, provide one-to-one guidance, run career development workshops and help you to prepare for entering the jobs market.
Teaching and assessment
Teaching on this module takes place in lectures and seminars, supported by opportunities for individual feedback and consultation with staff. You are encouraged to participate in group and pair work and in presentations.
Assessment includes essays, textual analyses, formal examinations and group presentation.
Our language and linguistics facilities include flexible learning rooms equipped with video conferencing equipment, language laboratories with specialist software, interactive smart boards with all-round ceiling projection and audio-visual cabinets with the usual CD/DVD playback and PC and laptop connections.
In the University Library and Computing Centre (LCC) you will find language and linguistics subject specialists to help you find and use source materials. The LCC contains modern IT facilities with 24-hour access and comfortable spaces for you to work alone or in small groups. It also contains our rapidly-expanding collection of linguistics materials. As well as around a million journal articles, more than 15,000 books and 2,000 audio recordings, our resources include a range of electronic databases such as Early English Books Online and ProQuest Newspaper Archive.
You'll also have access to The Modern Language Centre computers, equipped with specialist language-learning software, and digital satellite television. The labs contain magazines, newspapers, reference books, audio and audio-visual materials.
How much will it cost me?
In 2017/18, the part-time tuition fee for UK and EU students at the University of Huddersfield will be £950 per 20 credit module (see Fees and Finance for exceptions). Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).
If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.
Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.
You study English in combination with French, German or Spanish and have the opportunity to study abroad for a year either in a university or as a language assistant.
How to apply
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Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.
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