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Undergraduate

Chinese, English Language & Linguistics BA (Hons)

Study the English language and its place in our multicultural world. Become a confident speaker and writer of Chinese.

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Study of structure and use of language while learning Chinese. This four-year degree includes a year in China after your second year of study. You'll learn communicative Chinese skills and a deep understanding of Chinese culture. If you want to choose from a range of English language and linguistics modules, this course will suit you. Investigate how we convey meaning and how language can vary according to speaker and situation.

  • Subject to final approval
  • UCAS Code – TTX4
  • Location – York campus
  • Duration – 4 years full time
  • Start date – September 2020
  • School – Languages & Linguistics

Minimum Entry Requirements

    96 UCAS tariff points

    3 GCSEs grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2019-20 £9,250 per year

    International 2019-20 £12,750 per year

The York St John Experience

Course overview

This programme allows you to study Chinese from beginners level. By the end of the programme, you'll have gained the ability to have conversations and discussions in Chinese. You'll be able to give presentations and write coherently. Successful students will be able to use Chinese for academic, social and professional purposes, reaching upper B2/C1 level on the JF standard for language education.

The English Language and Linguistics part of the programme gives you a working knowledge of linguistics, how we use language and how it's structured. There are several optional modules on the programme which explore linguistics. Some study the way we articulate speech while others explore how English differs around the world. Others examine how language is processed in the mind.

Immerse yourself in Chinese culture with a year studying abroad in China. You'll spend your third year taking Chinese language and other relevant classes at your host university. You'll also take a distance-learning work placement module while you study abroad.

This programme is part of a suite of Chinese programmes. Not sure which one to choose? Take a look at our other programmes:

Course structure

Level 1

Modules

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

This intensive course is for students with no prior knowledge of Chinese language. With a focus on practical communication skills and self-expression the course covers the language needed to communicate in Chinese on routine and familiar topics.

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

This module gives an overview of the interpretation of meaning in language use. The theories of semantics and pragmatics and their application will be explored.

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

This module aims to develop your critical awareness of language, introducing the historical development of language and of English, of linguistics, and a variety of systematic approaches to language study.

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

Build on your knowledge from semester one and improve your confidence in Chinese. Successful students will be able to read and understand simple written texts and express themselves on everyday matters both orally and in writing.

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

This module examines the grammatical framework of linguistic structures. Discussions will also consider how configurations of the elements of this framework relate to meaning. Where possible, the module examines these issues in relation to real texts.

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

This module introduces the principles of articulatory phonetics and instructs students in the description, recognition and production of a subset of the sounds and symbols of the International Phonetic Association.

Level 2

Modules

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

You will learn Chinese through engaging and stimulating activities covering a wide range of topics relating to China. You will develop a critical understanding of aspects of Chinese cultures, communities and societies.

Credits: 20

Optional Module

Develop advanced skills in reading and analysing texts, across a variety of genres. You will explore how to apply genre, ideology structure, critical reading and discourse when reading. Your broad linguistic perspective will provide insights into how we create and debate meaning in texts. 

Credits: 20

Optional Module

This module builds on and applies phonetics teaching from level 1. You will be introduced to aspects of phonetics and phonology which support the analysis of varieties of language including child phonology and languages other than English.

Credits: 20

Optional Module

Language, gender and sexuality is a diverse and often controversial field. It gives rise to varying and sometimes contradictory theories. This module will provide you with a grounding in the main areas of feminist and queer linguistic enquiry. The main aim of the module is to empower you to argue for your own position, to give you the grounding to develop your own work and ideas.

Credits: 20

Optional Module

This module will equip you to think about the complexities of language use in schools, and the challenges presented in working with particular groups of students. You will consider the concept of 'inclusion' and the impact of an increase in multilingualism in UK classrooms.

Credits: 20

Optional Module

What is the impact of the spread of English on other languages, cultures and identities? This module addresses the development, structure and use of international varieties of English, tracing the origins and history of the language to its current role as a global language.

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

You will learn Chinese through engaging and stimulating activities covering a wide range of topics relating to China. By the end of the module successful students will be able to effectively describe experiences and events in Chinese, both orally and in writing, and give reasons and explanations for opinions.

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

Incorporating real-life examples and case studies from around the world, this module prepares you to understand ‘culture’ beyond the essentialist stereotyping. You’ll be able to reflect on and improve your own communication skills, whilst gaining theoretical knowledge in the area of intercultural communication.

Credits: 20

Optional Module

Incorporating real-life examples and case studies from around the world, this module prepares you to understand ‘culture’ beyond the essentialist stereotyping. You’ll be able to reflect on and improve your own communication skills, whilst gaining theoretical knowledge in the area of intercultural communication.

Credits: 20

Optional Module

This module will introduce you to key issues in relation to the development of literacy, focusing primarily on the development of writing skills.

Credits: 20

Optional Module

On this module you will learn how to analyse language as forensic evidence across a range of crime scenarios. Examine cases where forensic linguistics have played a key role in making convictions and overturning miscarriages of justice.

Credits: 20

Optional Module

This module helps you develop an awareness of the psychological dimensions of language knowledge and use and provides you with a broad map of the concepts, issues, phenomena and research methods associated with the field of psycholinguistics.

Credits: 20

Optional Module

This module investigates what issues influence the way language is used in various aspects of everyday social life. Different theoretical and methodological approaches to sociolinguistic study will be addressed and the central themes of each will be identified.

Study abroad Year

Whilst studying abroad you will take Chinese language classes at your host university. You are expected to fully engage with the tuition and assessment, but your grades will not be converted to York St John credits. You will take a distance-learning work placement module during your year abroad.

Approval to study abroad is given subject to meeting basic criteria. Requirements include passing all modules and attending at least 80% of all taught sessions.

If students have otherwise met the requirements to progress to third year, but have not met the criteria for study abroad, it will usually be possible to transfer to a course which does not contain a study abroad element, most likely English Language, Linguistics & TESOL BA (Hons).

Level 3

Modules

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

We've designed this module to compliment your time spent in China. Classes are content-based so we expect you to communicate in Chinese to discuss a range of topics. Learn to read and understand written texts on this module.

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

During this module you will learn about regional variation in pronunciation, lexis and syntax.

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

This module examines publicly held views of language. It covers topics such as Standard English and correctness. With particular reference to education it also investigates the social, political and ideological issues associated with these views.

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

This module is an introduction to the key theories of child language acquisition. The module takes a workshop approach to learning about how children acquire and produce speech sounds. You'll examine the typical phonological processes seen in children, and how these articulations move towards the adult system over time.

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

This module introduces fundamental concepts of discourse analysis. It will involve studying language in use from a Clarkian perspective which recognises formal, functional and social aspects of using language to do things.

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

This module will provide you with a comprehensive introduction to speech and language pathology. Develop an appreciation of how clinicians evaluate and make decisions about intervention to remediate speech and language difficulties in both adults and children.

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

We've designed this module to compliment your time spent in China. Classes are content-based so we expect you to communicate in Chinese to discuss a range of topics. Learn to read and understand written texts on this module.

Credits: 40

Compulsory Module

You will carry out independent research related to your programme on a topic of your choice backed by tutorial supervision.

Teaching and assessment

We deliver our Chinese classes in small groups of up to 25 students. Lectures, workshops and seminars make up the delivery of our Linguistics modules. Seminar groups have up to 30 students.

In first, second and fourth year, you will take three modules per semester. Each has 2–4 hours of contact time. We schedule our taught sessions between 9.00am and 8.00pm, Monday-Friday. While you are studying in China you are likely to have more contact time. Details will depend on the university you are studying at.

In addition to taught sessions, you'll have academic tutorials throughout the semester. You can set up tutorials with your module tutors, and you'll be able to attend events such as the Colloquium Lectures. You will also be expected to conduct independent study outside of contact time.

For your Chinese modules, assessment methods include oral exams, videos, class tests and written work. The assessment for Linguistics modules varies from module to module. Assessment methods include:

  • Data analysis
  • Essays
  • Exams
  • Presentations
  • Reports
  • Research proposals.

 

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

Minimum Entry Requirements

    96 UCAS tariff points

    3 GCSEs grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language

The programme is not suitable if:

  • Chinese is your first language
  • You have an A level in Chinese
  • You have B1 level or above of the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR) in Chinese.

 

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

Fees and funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Find out more about funding for Foundation Year and/or Placement Year by visiting the Funding Opportunities pages of our website. York St John offer special reductions to students graduating from York St John University Undergraduate degrees in 2019 and continuing directly onto Postgraduate study. Find out more about discounts and scholarships. There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation

Your fees are likely to be reduced for your study abroad year. For UK/EU students there is currently an 85% fee reduction for a full-year abroad, and an Erasmus monthly grant for study in EU countries.

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2019-20 £9,250 per year

    International 2019-20 £12,750 per year

Additional costs and financial support

COURSE-RELATED COSTS

Whilst studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

STUDY ABROAD

For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad webpages.

ACCOMMODATION AND LIVING COSTS

View our accommodation webpages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

FINANCIAL HELP AND SUPPORT

Help and advice on funding your studies at York St John is available through our Money Advice service.

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