Topics covered include: language and ideology; linguistic performances of identity (particularly language and gender, sexuality, ethnicity and social class); language and the media; talk at work; global English; intercultural communication; multilingualism and code-switching; varieties of English. Students are encouraged to engage with these topics by drawing on their own social, cultural and occupational backgrounds in class discussions and in their written work. Students are also encouraged to collect their own samples of written and spoken language use and learn to subject those to in-depth critical analysis.
This MA will draw on findings, theories and methodologies from: sociolinguistics, semantics, pragmatics, spoken and written discourse analysis, ethnography, semiotics, feminist stylistics; multimodal analysis; interactional sociolinguistics, conversational analysis, membership categorisation analysis, performativity and narrative analysis. The programmes distinct interdisciplinary ethos is also reflected in students opportunity to choose from a selection of relevant option courses in other departments of the College.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.
You should have an undergraduate degree of at least second class standard in a humanities/ arts subject, but other qualifications of equivalent level are considered. If your first language is not English you need a minimum score of 7.0 in IELTS (including 7.0 in the written element) or equivalent.
No work experience is required.
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