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Undergraduate

Korean, English Language and Linguistics BA (Hons)

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

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Study of structure and use of language while learning Korean. This four-year degree includes a year in Korea after your second year of study. You'll learn communicative Korean skills and a deep understanding of Korean 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 – TTX2
  • 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 2020-21 £9,250 per year

    International 2020-21 £12,750 per year

The York St John Experience

Course overview

You don't need prior experience in Korean to join this programme. We'll start with a communicative Korean teaching style. This will progress to a content-and-language, integrated approach later in your degree. 

Using the medium of Korean you'll study Korean cultures, communities and societies. In doing this you'll develop a deep understanding of Korean culture and become a confident user of the language. We'll give you the ability to converse in Korean, give presentations and join discussions. You'll be able to read and write in Korean. Gain the skills to communicate for academic, social and professional purposes. 

Immerse yourself in Korean culture and apply what you've learnt in your first two years. Study abroad for a year in Korea. You'll spend your third year in Korea taking language classes at your host university. 

Take your learning further and explore English language and linguistics. You'll study how we articulate speech and the structure of language. Choose from a range of specialist modules such as:

  • language
  • gender and sexuality
  • forensic linguistics
  • child language acquisition
  • speech and language pathology.

This programme is part of a suite of Korean 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 Korean language. With a focus on practical communication skills and self-expression, the course covers the language needed to communicate in Korean on routine and familiar topics.

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

This module gives an overview of the interpretation of meaning in language use. You will explore the theories of semantics and pragmatics and discuss their application.

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

This module aims to develop your critical awareness of language. It will introduce 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 Korean. 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

On this module you will examine the grammatical framework of linguistic structures. You will consider how the elements of this framework relate to meaning. Where possible, you will explore these issues in relation to real texts.

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

This module introduces the principles of articulatory phonetics. You will explore the description, recognition and production of the sounds and symbols of the International Phonetic Association.

Level 2

Modules

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

You will learn Korean through engaging and stimulating activities covering a wide range of topics relating to Korean. You will develop a critical understanding of aspects of Korean 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 your first year. We will introduce you to aspects of phonetics and phonology which support the analysis of varieties of language. These include 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 module aims to empower you to argue for your own position and to give you the grounding to develop your own work and ideas.

Credits: 20

Optional Module

Apply your linguistic knowledge and explore linguistic diversity in schools and classrooms. You will draw on your knowledge of language acquisition, learning, and language diversity. Explore the concept of language inclusion in schools and how this might work in practice. You will also explore the practice of working with multilingual children who have Special Educational Needs.

Credits: 20

Optional Module

This module builds on the key concepts introduced in your first year. You will address the development, structure and use of international varieties of English. Trace the origins and history of the language to its current role as a global language. It will provide a theoretical framework for your dissertation in your final year.

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

Build on your skills from the first semester as you learn Korean through a range of stimulating tasks. We'll guide you as you learn to describe new experiences in Korean both through speech, and writing and give reasons and explanations for opinions.

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

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

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

On this module, you will develop the ability to apply your linguistic knowledge to literacy acquisition. You will examine how oral language development feeds into reading and writing development. We will teach you how to analyse reading and writing performance at various stages of literacy development.

Credits: 20

Optional Module

On this module you will learn how to analyse language as forensic evidence across different crime scenarios. Using case studies, you will examine 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. It will provide 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. You will address the different theoretical and methodological approaches and identify the central themes of each.

Study abroad

Whilst studying abroad you will take Korean 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.

Level 3

Modules

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

Classes are content-based so you will communicate in Korean to discuss a range of topics. At the end of the module you will be able to communicate in Koeran, both orally and in writing, for a range of purposes.

Credits: 40

Optional module

On this module, you will examine regional varieties of British English. Your focus will be on lexical, morphological, syntactic, phonetic and phonological levels. At the end of the module, you will be able to complete an analytical description and comparison of social and regional accents.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will examine publicly held views of language covering topics such as Standard English and correctness. With reference to education you will investigate the social, political and ideological issues associated with these views.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module, we will introduce you 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 will examine the typical phonological processes seen in children, and how these articulations move towards the adult system over time. 

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module, you will study second language acquisition theory and gain a critical understanding of variation in L2 English. Looking at both L1 and L2 Englishes, you will explore grammatical and Phonological features including, verbs and clauses, word class and order, phonotactics, syllable structure and stress.

Credits: 20

Optional module

This module explores how language can function as an indicator of a range of social and cultural identities. You will examine how language plays an active role in constructing identities. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, you will analyse the relationship between language, identity and culture.

Credits: 20

Optional module

This module will provide you with a comprehensive introduction to speech and language pathology. You will 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

Optional module

This module will train you to be a critical, reflective and adaptive TESOL professional who is aware of current debates in the TESOL field and can articulate your position. On the module you will study what to teach and how to assess in a globalised world, hoe to analyse goals, needs and preferences of your students and how to cater for individual differences.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

Building on your knowledge from semester one, you will communicate in Korean to discuss a range of topics. At the end of the module you will be able to communicate in Korean, both orally and in writing, for a range of purposes.

Credits: 40

Compulsory module

Carry out independent research on a topic of your choice. One-to-one tutorials with a designated dissertation tutor will support you through this module. This is your opportunity to bring all your learning together into an extended piece of work.

Teaching and assessment

We deliver our Korean 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 Korea 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 through 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 Korean 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:

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

 

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.

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2020-21 £9,250 per year

    International 2020-21 £12,750 per year

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.

 

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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