The BA English Language and Media degree gives you the opportunity to study the interdisciplinary field of media and communication through distinct pathways in digital media, film, public relations, journalism and practical media. Programmes are intended for students who wish to deepen and extend their understanding of the English language as well as of language and communication more generally. Students study six modules, three in Media and Communication and three in English Language.
The English language modules look at ways of analysing language knowledge and language use across contexts and time, including:
•how language is used in everyday communication
•how language has developed over time
•how we learn our first language and subsequent languages
•how language operates in bilingual contexts
•how we produce and understand language in real time
•how the underlying language system works for sounds and grammar
We relate this to real world issues with crucial impacts on individuals and communities. These include the use of language to persuade and mislead (particularly in social media); the effect of dialect and accent on identity; the challenge of learning or teaching new languages.