BA (Hons) English, Language and Education
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This course gives you an in-depth and practical understanding of language learning and teaching, including teaching English as a Second or Other Language.
You’ll gain a working knowledge of the English language and the way in which people learn it, as well as the role of English in a multilingual world. There is a focus on methods and approaches to language teaching: you’ll learn to plan teaching and learning and manage a classroom, and have the option to gain a recognised English language teaching qualification.
You’ll investigate how people learn new languages and take a foreign language yourself, gaining first-hand experience to inform your professional practice; if English is not your first language, you’ll enhance your skills so you’re prepared to teach from beginner level.
Combining English, foreign languages and education under the guidance of expert researchers in each field, this exciting degree will equip you for a variety of careers related to language learning and teaching.
The course gives you the option to take an intensive course leading to the CELTA award – an internationally recognised qualification allowing you to teach English to speakers of other languages anywhere in the world. It’s an entry qualification to the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) profession.
A fee will apply if you choose this option – see Additional costs below.
From the start of the course you’ll find out more about the relationship between language, learners and society and how this has been understood over time, as well as the growth of English and its impact on social and educational opportunity worldwide.
You’ll examine the role that schools and governments can have in promoting or inhibiting multilingualism in young people. Your choice from a range of optional modules will also allow you to gain specialised knowledge in areas such as play and child development; you’ll need to pass one of these to complete the year.
Native English speakers will also take a foreign language, while non-native speakers will develop their skills in English so that their own language learning experiences can inform their studies, and eventually their professional practice.
Year 2 builds on this foundation by teaching you to describe elements of language, such as grammar and pronunciation, as well as examining different teaching and learning techniques and exploring methods and techniques in educational research. International students will develop their English language skills to prepare them to teach the subject.
If you want to continue learning a language, you can do this through your choice of discovery module (see below), but this isn’t compulsory and you can choose from the full range of discovery modules on offer. An additional two optional modules will allow you to broaden your studies to topics such as psychological approaches to learning or inclusive education.
In your final year, you’ll use your foreign language study to gain a new insight into the language learning process, relating your own experiences to the theoretical models of language learning studied throughout the degree. You’ll also apply your knowledge and skills to an independently researched project on a related topic of your choice. Optional modules allow you to focus on more advanced topics such as developmental disorders or the relationship between globalisation and English language learning.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
- Education in a Multilingual World 20 credits
- Second Language Acquisition and Learning 20 credits
- Language, Learners and Society 20 credits
- Children, Young People, Families and the State 20 credits
- What is a Child: Child Development and Learning 20 credits
- What is a Child: Social Construction of Childhood 20 credits
- Play and Learning 20 credits
- Building a Career from Education Studies 20 credits
- English for Communication 20 credits
- The Practice of English Language Teaching 20 credits
- Language Description for Education 20 credits
- Approaches to Research: Theory and Practice 20 credits
- International Perspectives of Pedagogy and Practice 20 credits
- Psychological Approaches to Understanding and Supporting Children's Learning 20 credits
- Inclusive Education 20 credits
- Literacies and Learning 20 credits
- English for Academic Study 20 credits
- Research Placement 20 credits
- Final Year Project 40 credits
- Analysing Language Learning 20 credits
- Globalisation, Identity and English Language Education 20 credits
- Language Learning Technology and Materials 20 credits
- Supporting Learning in Children with Additional Needs 20 credits
- Children, Families and Cultural Diversity: Philosophical Perspectives 20 credits
Broadening your academic horizons
At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.
Learning and teaching
We use a range of teaching and learning methods, including lectures supported by workshops and seminars that allow you to focus on and discuss topics in greater depth. Independent study is also an important part of this degree, allowing you to improve your critical thinking and research skills, develop your own interests and prepare for assessments.
Assessment methods will vary depending on the modules you choose. They are likely to include presentations, extended essays and project work based on reports and case studies.
This degree will equip you with in-depth subject knowledge that will serve you well in careers relating to teaching, education and language learning. You’ll also gain research, communication, analytical and critical skills that are valuable for a wide range of careers in industry, commerce, the media and research.
If you decide to apply for primary teacher training after you graduate, we can help with your application and help you to organise a suitable placement. You may also want to consider study abroad or youth volunteering projects to strengthen your application.
If you complete the CELTA course during your degree you’ll be qualified to teach English to speakers of other languages anywhere in the world. We also offer postgraduate programmes in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).
Depending on your career plans you may decide to pursue postgraduate study – this degree provides a solid foundation for studies in linguistics, English and modern languages.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. Thats one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America.
Find out more at the Study Abroad website.
Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.
Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.