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Why study English language and linguistics

All our courses, whether they are degree programmes, or not, are taught by qualified teachers who are specialists in their fields and members of the Higher Education Academy. Staff from within English language and linguistics have published in areas as diverse as storytelling narratives, the pragmatic meaning of hashtags in text messaging, the relationships between text and sounds, trauma narratives, language disorders, second language vocabulary, and language teaching. This range of interests and expertise adds insight and variety to our courses in languages and linguistics. But do not take our word for this. The Key Information Set highlights how much students appreciate their experience at Kingston.

We foster learning in an environment which is intellectually stimulating and supportive. There is always a member of staff to go to for individual advice and help. We make sure that every undergraduate and postgraduate student has a personal tutor from day one until the end of their course. There is also a wide range of academic support available during your studies. This includes the English for Academic and Professional Development programme which offers a wide range of courses in writing and speaking skills designed to help you with the linguistic and academic demands of your main course.

Once you set your sights on the world of work, our employability workshops help you to gain the necessary skills for CV writing and succeeding at interviews. The teaching team will ensure that you know what sort of skills and knowledge you have gained and match this up to what employers are looking for. Kingston University has a great reputation for the amount of graduates who start up their own businesses.

The Kingston Language Scheme offers a unique opportunity to learn a wide range of languages alongside your degree. You can continue with a language you have already studied, or start a new one from scratch.

If you are an international or EU student, and want to prepare for study at university, the Pre-Sessional English Language Course is excellent preparation in academic and language skills.

Our approach to teaching puts an emphasis on lectures and workshops which are interactive so that you learn through doing. We explore ideas about language and language use through interaction with real language data.

All of our modules have been designed so that you will study language in a systematic way and from various perspectives. We start by covering the main concepts and building blocks of language, including grammar, pronunciation, lexis and discourse. You will then apply this knowledge as we study language from both social and psychological perspectives and consider how language is used by people in context.

You can choose to study or work abroad for a year, either at Kingston's partner universities in the United States or through Erasmus, at a number of institutions in Europe.

The wide choice of career paths available to graduates makes this an ideal course if you want to keep your job options open. Our students go on to have varied career paths:

  • public communications
  • public relations
  • publishing and editing
  • print and broadcast journalism
  • advocacy organisations
  • advertising and marketing
  • teaching
  • civil service
  • speech and language therapy.

Undergraduate courses

When you study English Language & Linguistics BA(Hons) you will explore how language works. This includes exploring how language is constructed and how people use language in diverse situations. Through exploring language in real settings you get a full understanding of written and spoken language and we discuss how context shapes the language people use.

Postgraduate courses

We offer a postgraduate programme in Applied Linguistics for Language Teaching (TESOL) for students with or without teaching experience who would like to explore the practical applications of linguistics in the field of learning and teaching. Students who want to become English language teachers will have an optional opportunity to gain a professional teaching qualification (CELTA or CLTA) as part of the programme.

We also welcome applications from students interested in pursuing a Masters by Research or MPhil/PhD in an approved research topic within the areas of department staff expertise.

Learn a language

Kingston Language Scheme (KLS)

The Kingston Language Scheme (KLS) offers courses in French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Arabic, Mandarin, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and English for academic study. Classes are taught at a range of levels, so you can start a new language from scratch or build on existing knowledge. All KLS classes are free to Kingston University students.

Writers' Centre Kingston

Writers' Centre Kingston

A thriving, lively and open community, Writers' Centre Kingston offers an inspirational environment for writers that transcends the University, including opportunities to showcase work.

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