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BA Teaching and Assessment

Our courses are made up of a mix of core modules designed to give you a good grounding in key insights into the field of Language, Culture and Communication, and option modules that allow you to follow specific interests you have. In addition, you can choose optional modules from other departments and faculties. Altogether these options provide you the opportunity to tailor the programme to your own interests.
Our modules involve different teaching methods, including lectures, small-group seminars and tutorials as well as independent study. This combination allows you a chance to learn and engage with new content, discuss issues related to Language, Culture and Communication in depth, pursue individual interests, and raise any questions or queries you have along the way. You will have a minimum of 3 hours contact time per module per week and regular meetings with a personal tutor for the duration of your time with us.
The assessment of our modules varies from module to module, but typically involves a mixture of coursework (assignments and presentations) and exams. You will have some set tasks to do that are designed to engage you on key topics. However, you will also have the opportunity to choose your own assessment questions and design your own research projects in several modules. Some of your assignments will be formative and others will be summative. Formative assessment tasks are marked but do not count towards your final grade. Instead, these are designed to allow you the chance to try things out, receive detailed feedback often so you can develop and prepare for the summative assessment.
Keen to get started? Want to do some background reading? You are not expected to have studied language, culture and communication before coming to Warwick. However, if you want to get started, or if you’d like to know more about the field, here are a few accessible books you might want to take a look at:

Cameron, D. (2008). The myth of Mars and Venus: do men and women really speak different languages? Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Crystal, D. (2007) How language works. London: Penguin.

Crystal, D. (2010) The Cambridge encyclopaedia of language. 3rd edition. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Frake, C. O. (1964) How to ask for a drink in Subanun. American Anthropologist, 66(6_PART2), 127-132. – Available online

Hayes, N. (2011) Psychology Made Simple. London: Hodder & Stoughton (a very short book)

Gross, R. (2010) The Science of Mind and Behaviour. 6th edition. London: Hodder Education.

Nunan, D. (2007). What is this thing called language? Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Tannen, D. (1992). That’s not what I meant! How conversational style makes or breaks your relations with others. London: Virago.

If you are keen to read further, please contact us for more suggestions.

Click here for an interview with David Crystal on why you should study linguistics.


Our courses offer you the opportunity to take a (non-compulsory) year abroad. This will be your third year, which you can spend studying or working abroad. You may choose to spend a year at one of Warwick's partner universities in Europe or around the world as an exchange student, or you can take up a work placement in your country of interest. If you are on our Linguistics with a Modern Language programme, you can but do not have to spend your year abroad in a country where your chosen language is spoken. Studying and working abroad is an intrinsically valuable experience. Wherever you choose to study or work you will develop key life skills as well as foreign language and intercultural communication skills which, in the increasingly global environment in which we live and work, are highly valued by prospective employers. The experience of studying in another country and academic system provides valuable insights which will equip you well for any future graduate study. We strongly encourage you to take this option and we will support your to make the best choice for your own interests and future career plans.