Undergraduate course

Language & Communication Studies BA (Hons)

Study up to two languages alongside developing your understanding of language, culture and world communications.

If you have an interest in languages and love learning about other cultures, if you enjoy new experiences and challenging yourself then why place limits on your ambitions? The world is a big place and this course offers you the chance to gain the skills and knowledge to live, work and thrive almost anywhere you choose.

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96% of Graduates from our School of Languages and Linguistics were in employment or further study within six months. DLHE 2017

  • UCAS Code – QX34
  • Location – York campus
  • Duration – 3 years full-time
  • Start date – September 2019, September 2020
  • School – Languages & Linguistics

Minimum Entry Requirements

    96 UCAS Tariff points

    3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (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

Our Languages & Communication Studies programme will give you the knowledge, experience and confidence to live and work internationally as a thoughtful and engaged citizen of the world. Within the course you will be able to learn up to two languages – choosing from British Sign Language (BSL), Japanese or Korean – whilst gaining insight into a variety of sociocultural language and communication practices. You can specialise in one of your chosen languages in your second year or continue both (or neither) whilst you also learn about topics like the language of persuasion and how language interacts with ideas of gender and sexuality. In your third year you’ll learn how language varies according to speaker and situation and about social and political issues in language and education.

 

You can learn any of the three languages offered as a complete beginner but if you already have some experience with Japanese or BSL then advanced learning paths are available. We want you to understand language as a living practice and this course integrates the study of language with the study of the society and culture of its native speakers - enriching your language learning with a strong cultural understanding. Throughout the programme you’ll take Communication Studies modules which investigate how language relates to our intentions and purposes and the way language choices can express identities and cultural values.

This course will provide you with a deep, vivid understanding of a language and culture along with the communication skills to develop and apply this knowledge. You’ll be equipped to take your language learning, and yourself, further than ever before.

Course structure

Level 1

Semester 1:

  • Language and Society - This module explores key aspects of language variation and the relationship between language and society. You will learn about language as a social phenomenon and be given opportunities to explore the role that social and cultural context plays in language variation. The module also introduces the ways language resources can be used to reflect and construct a range of social identities such as social class, gender, sexuality, age, race and ethnicity.

Two of (only one module from each language grouping may be taken):

  • British Sign Language Beginners 1 - This module is suitable for complete beginners or those with very little prior knowledge of the language. BSL is a visual/gestural language so much of this module will be taken getting to grips with this new modality.
  • British Sign Language Intermediate 1 - This module is for students with prior knowledge of BSL. Taking a broad view on sign language this module enables you to develop the ability to communicate with Deaf people in a range or familiar and work-related contexts, participating in longer and more open-ended exchanges.
  • Accelerated Japanese 1 - This intensive course is for students with no prior knowledge of Japanese language. With a focus on practical communication skills and self-expression the course covers the language needed to communicate in Japanese on routine and familiar topics.
  • Japanese Communication 1 - This course is for students who have prior study of Japanese and is designed to build on your previous knowledge. With a focus on self-expression, narrative and description the course covers language needed to communicate socially in Japanese.
  • Accelerated Korean 1 - 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.
  • Deaf History - This module will look at the history of deaf communities and people around the world, including key theoretical concepts such as colonialism and postcolonialism. We will explore the experiences of deaf people in the past, and look at the emergence of key philosophies around sign languages and deaf people from Ottoman Empire to present times.
  • Key Concepts for Language Learning and Teaching - This module lays a theoretical foundation to key topics and themes in TESOL in preparation for any tutoring you may do in your second year and beyond. You will focus on 'folk' versus linguistic descriptions of English, and how these relate to the economic, cultural and political contexts of language teaching.

Semester 2:

  • Multilingualism - This module addresses the world's linguistic diversity and variation and situates the English language within the context of our multilingual world. Language variation and multilingualism are considered from linguistic, psychological, sociocultural and educational perspectives.

Two of (only one module from each language grouping may be taken):

  • British Sign Language Beginners 1 - This module is suitable for complete beginners or those with very little prior knowledge of the language. BSL is a visual/gestural language so much of this module will be taken getting to grips with this new modality.
  • British Sign Language Beginners 2 - This module builds on the knowledge gained from the BSL Beginners module to develop students’ proficiency in the language. Vocabulary and phrases will be revised and expanded so that you can cope with a greater range of scenarios and in greater depth. As well as every-day, practical situations like choosing goods in shops or making enquiries about family, we will study topics such as interests and activities, refreshments and directions.
  • British Sign Language Intermediate 2 - This module builds on the knowledges gained from BSL Intermediate 1. Vocabulary and phrases will be revised and you will look into real-world situations.
  • Accelerated Japanese 2 - This intensive course is for students with no prior knowledge of Japanese language. Successful students will be able to read and understand simple written texts and express themselves on everyday matters both orally and in writing.
  • Japanese Communication 2 - This course is for students who have prior study of Japanese and is designed to build on your previous knowledge. Successful students will be able to read and understand written texts and be able to express a wide range of ideas both orally and in writing.
  • Accelerated Korean 2 - This intensive course is for students with no prior knowledge of Korean language. Successful students will be able to read and understand simple written texts and express themselves on everyday matters both orally and in writing.
  • Deaf cultures - This module will lay the groundwork for understanding more complex ideas and theories about deaf people and deaf cultures and how deaf people see their own place in the world. Key ideas include the tensions between Deafhood philosophies and the perception of deafness as a disability, and the changing foundations of UK deaf communities. We will also look at different deaf communities around the world.
  • Descriptive Grammar of English - 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.

Level 2 

Semester 1: 

Analysing Texts - This module allows you to develop advanced skills in reading and analysing texts across a variety of genres. A broad linguistic perspective will provide insights into how meanings are created and debated in texts. As a result you will have more understanding of issues of representation and power in contemporary discourses.

One, two or no modules from (only one module from each language grouping may be taken):

  • British Sign Language Beginners 2 - This module builds on the knowledge gained from the BSL Beginners module to develop students’ proficiency in the language. Vocabulary and phrases will be revised and expanded so that you can cope with a greater range of scenarios and in greater depth.  As well as every-day, practical situations like choosing goods in shops or making enquiries about family, we will study topics such as interests and activities, refreshments and directions.
  • British Sign Language Intermediate 1 – This module will take a very broad view on sign languages, to enable learners to develop an ability to communicate with Deaf people in a range of familiar and work-related, contexts, participating in long and more open-ended exchanges. This will contain more Receptive skills.
  • British Sign Language Intermediate 3 – This module builds on the knowledge gained from BSL Intermediate 1 and 2. It allows the student to put skills together to demonstrate that they can understand and exchange information during a routine conversation.
  • Japanese Language and Society 1 - You will learn Japanese through engaging and stimulating activities covering a wide range of topics relating to Japan. You will develop a critical understanding of aspects of Japanese cultures, communities and societies.
  • Korean Language and Society 1 - You will learn Korean through engaging and stimulating activities covering a wide range of topics relating to Korea. You will develop a critical understanding of aspects of Korean cultures, communities and societies.

One, two or three of:

  • Analysing Talk-in-Interaction - This module develops students’ skills in close and detailed analytical observation of actual inter-actional behaviour. It introduces fundamental concepts of conversation analysis including the transcription and sequential organisation of talk-in-interaction. Topics covered will include issues such as Turn-Taking, Repair and Preference Organisation.
  • Language, Gender and Sexuality - Language, gender and sexuality is a diverse and often controversial field, giving rise to varying and sometimes contradictory theories. This module will provide you with a thorough 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, and give you the grounding from which to develop your own work and ideas.
  • Sociolinguistics of British Sign Language - This module will take a very broad view on sign languages, in particular British Sign Language, to explore the historical, social and linguistic aspects of signed languages, signing people and sign language communities. Some of the topics we will discuss include how BSL has developed and its relation to other sign languages in the world, and interpretation from BSL to English and vice versa. We will also look at a few different ways of analysing languages, and perform some experiments in class to see how these issues can be explored in a practical way.

Semester 2:

  • Language at Work - This module comprises of a 10-day work placement. In addition the module will consider relevant issues and practices within places of work as well as the communication demands on the prospective work-seeker within contemporary society.

One, two or no modules from (only one module from each language grouping may be taken):

  • British Sign Language Intermediate 1 – This module will take a very broad view on sign languages, to enable learners to develop an ability to communicate with Deaf people in a range of familiar and work-related, contexts, participating in long and more open-ended exchanges. This will contain more Receptive skills.
  • British Sign Language Intermediate 2 - This module builds on the knowledges gained from BSL Intermediate 1. Vocabulary and phrases will be revised and you will look into real-world situations.
  • British Sign Language Advanced 1  - This course is designed so that students gain a more indepth understanding of the linguistics of BSL and will be able to use and understand varied BSL in a range of work and social situations. Some sample topics include 0 established and productive lexicons, different BSL verbs, different sign types and non-manual features in BSL.
  • Japanese Language and Society 2 - You will learn Japanese through engaging and stimulating activities covering a wide range of topics relating to Japan. By the end of the module successful students will be able to effectively describe experiences and events in Japanese, both orally and in writing, and give reasons and explanations for opinions.
  • Korean Language and Society 2 - You will learn Korean through engaging and stimulating activities covering a wide range of topics relating to Korea. By the end of the module successful students will be able to effectively describe experiences and events in Korean, both orally and in writing, and give reasons and explanations for opinions.

One, two or three of:

  • Sociolinguistics - 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, including concepts of face and im/politeness.
  • Communication, Reasoning and Persuasion - This module explores the link between language use and reasoning, focusing on how this link underpins the persuasive power of language. Data used comprises, but is not limited to, communication about different cultures and unfamiliar contexts. You’ll develop research skills through weekly data analysis.
  • Language and Literacy - This module will introduce you to key issues in relation to the development of literacy, focusing primarily on the development of writing skills.

Level 3

Semester 1:

  • Attitudes to Language - 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 idealogical issues associated with these views.
  • Language and Identities - This module explores the ways in which language can function as an indicator of a range of social and cultural identities and how language plays an active role in contructing identites. The module takes an interdisciplinary approach to analysing the relationship between language, identity and culture.
  • Language in InterAction - 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.

Semester 2:

  • Reflections in Linguistics - This module encourages you to engage with and reflect upon your learning over the entire course of you degree programme. It invites you to critically evaluate and intergrate themes from across and beyond the course.
  • Dissertation (40 credits) - you will carry out independent research related to your programme on a topic of your choice backed by tutorial supervision.

Teaching & Assessment

Delivery

Language classes are delivered in small groups of up to 25 students. Communication Studies modules are delivered using a mixture of lectures, workshops and seminars. Seminar groups have up to 30 students.

Academic and research skills are embedded in modules, for example, academic writing and referencing, peer review, use of web-based resources for document sharing, and the use of wikis and blogs. 

Contact Hours

You will take three modules per semester (except for your final semester when you will take a 40-credit dissertation module and one other module). Each module has 2-4 hours of contact time. The taught sessions could be spread across all five days of the week, or could be concentrated into fewer days. Taught sessions are scheduled between 9.00am-8.00pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 9.00am-1.00pm Wednesday, and 9.00am-6.00pm Friday.

As well as the taught sessions, you will also 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 and Language Talks.

 

Self-study time

If you are joining us from school, college or the workplace you will probably feel you have a very empty timetable. This is becuase a 20-credit module, which is equivalent to 200 hours of study, only has 2-4 hours a week of contact time - the rest is study you are expected to do yourself.

We support students in achieving this by giving lots of guidance on what to study, including weekly readings and preparation for assessments, and offering regular tutorials and drop-in sessions with module tutors so you can get feedback on your work. All modules are supported by materials hosted on Moodle, the University's Virtual Learning Environment. 

Staffing

You will be taught by academic staff in the School of Languages & Linguistics. The Head of School is Dr Rachel Wicaksono. The Language & Communication Studies programme is managed by the Subject Director for Languages and TESOL Dr Becky Muradás-Taylor. University support staff are well intergrated into our programme, for example, a representative from the library contributes sessions on research and referencing over the course of the programme. 

Assessment Methods

Language modules are assessed with a combination of oral/practical exam, videos, class tests and written work. The assessment for Communication Studies modules varies from module to module. Assessment methods include essays, presentations, data analysis, online tests, peer reviews, blog posts and research proposals and reports. 

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

96 UCAS Tariff points

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

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 Advice 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

Home / EU students

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and UG Health Programme degrees is £9,250 per year for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Overseas students

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £12,750 per year for international students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Funding your course

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

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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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