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Modern Languages and Linguistics (Full-Time, 2017 Entry)

Why study languages at Warwick?

  • Warwick’s School of Modern Languages and Cultures comprises excellent academic specialisms (French, German, Hispanic and Italian Studies) and the Language Centre (whose offerings also include Arabic, Russian, Japanese, Mandarin and Portuguese), leading to a powerful combination of languages, research interests and degree courses.
  • The constituent academic subjects have consistently ranked among the very best in the UK in national and international league tables and are well known for their excellent scores in terms of student satisfaction.
  • Modules and degree courses are under constant review, ensuring that they are fresh, effective and challenging. Some courses are open to students who are beginners or intermediate in a language
  • You will have access to outstanding facilities, including:
    - the University Language Centre, where there are opportunities to take extra language courses in addition to your main course of study (additional fees apply);
    – the Transnational Resources Centre (TRC), giving you exclusive access to over 3,000 DVDs in French, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese plus multimedia facilities, satellite television with integrated off-air recording facilities, video-editing software (with technical support), and DVD projection equipment.

Professor Simon Gilson

Modern Languages

Why study at Warwick?

A view from our academics

What will I learn?

Studying Modern Languages and Linguistics will enable you to gain expertise in two languages as well as linguistics. Choose your major languages from two European languages: French, German, Italian and Hispanic Studies.

At what level can I learn each language?

  • Your first language must be post A level French, German, Italian or Spanish.
  • Your second language can be taken at any level (dependent on prior qualifications/experience) if it is French, German, Italian or Spanish. If it is Mandarin Chinese, it can be taken from beginner, intermediate or post A-Level maximum (please note that applicants with Mandarin Chinese language ability above this level, including native speakers, would not be able to study this language). If it is Arabic, Japanese, Portuguese or Russian, it can usually only be taken at beginner’s level; if you have any prior learning of the language, please contact ugadmissions@warwick.ac.uk before applying.

On the Modern Languages and Linguistics course you will study 50% Languages and 50% Linguistics. Depending on your interest, you may be able to transfer to Modern Languages with Linguistics, which would enable you to study either two language modules, one culture module and one linguistics module OR three languages and one linguistics module.

Linguistics
Linguistics is the study of how language works. In the first year you will learn how language is structured (syntax), how we use it to construct meaning (semantics), how context contributes to meaning (pragmatics) and the part that sounds and sound patterns play (phonetics and phonology). You’ll have the chance to explore examples from different cultural, historical and linguistic contexts and to develop practical analytical skills.

If you choose to spend half of your time on Linguistics, in the first year you will also study a module on Language in Society. This will give you an insight into the relationship between language, culture and identity and you will study issues related to language and media, politics and education.

In your intermediate year you will focus on developing further your skills and knowledge about language and the tools which enable you to collect data about language use. If you choose to spend 50% of your time on Linguistics, you will also develop further your knowledge of the social contexts of language, on how we acquire language and you will learn about cultural differences and intercultural communication in international professional contexts.

In the final year you can develop a research project and /or have the opportunity to study option modules that match your own interests.

Find out more on the School of Modern Languages and Cultures website.

How will I learn?

We employ a variety of teaching approaches, including lectures, seminars (in which the emphasis is on student participation) and written and spoken language classes. You will spend the rest of your time studying independently, preparing for classes, reading or watching primary texts, engaging with secondary sources, writing essays and working on your language skills.

How will I be assessed?

We will track your progress through a variety of methods, including language assignments, essays, presentations, portfolio submissions and examinations (written and oral). Throughout your course you will receive detailed, personalised feedback to help you to improve your skills.

What opportunities are there to study abroad?

You will spend one year of your course abroad – usually your second or third year, depending on your course. We offer placements at carefully chosen partner institutions through the University’s study abroad scheme or through independent partnerships. It is also possible to work for the British Council as an English language assistant, or to set up an independent work placement.

Entry Requirements

You will need one or two modern foreign languages at A level (or equivalent) and a demonstrated aptitude for language learning.

Your first language must be post A level French, German, Italian or Spanish.

Your second language can be taken at any level (dependent on prior qualifications/experience) if it is French, German, Italian or Spanish. If it is Mandarin Chinese, it can be taken from beginner, intermediate or post A-Level maximum (please note that applicants with Mandarin Chinese language ability above this level, including native speakers, would not be able to study this language). If it is Arabic, Japanese, Portuguese or Russian, it can usually only be taken at beginner’s level; if you have any prior learning of the language, please contact ugadmissions@warwick.ac.uk before applying.

A level: AAB including grade A in a language

International Baccalaureate: 36 points including 6 in a Higher Level language

These are the standard requirements. We may be able to consider alternative qualifications or linguistic experience. If this applies to you, please email Evan Stewart on evan.stewart@warwick.ac.uk.

Further Information

Interviews: We do not normally interview candidates for any of our degree courses but may do so if we receive an application from someone with ‘non-standard’ qualifications.

Taking a gap year: Applications for deferred entry are welcomed.

Open Days Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

What modules will I study?

We offer a wide variety of modules exploring modern langauges, as well as linguistics.

More information about modules and the structure of this course can be found on the School of Modern Languages and Cultures website.

*The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.

Recent graduate destinations include:

Assistant Producer, France 24 TV; German market, American Express; Fraud Investigator, Apple; Translator, The Lonely Planet; Assistant to the Governor of the Banca Italia, International Marketing Assistant, Next plc; International Graduate, HSBC Private Bank.

Essential Information

Entry Requirements

You will need one or two modern foreign languages at A level (or equivalent) and a demonstrated aptitude for language learning.

A level: AAB including grade A in a language

IB: 36 points including 6 in a Higher Level language

UCAS Code
R9Q1

Award
Degree of Bachelor of Arts (ba)

Duration
4 years full time

Department website
School of Modern Languages

Student blogs

Harry Jervis - Modern Languages

Bethany Goodman - Applied Linguistics

Isabel Quah - Applied Linguistics

Elena Sandu - Applied Linguistics

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
Find out more about fees and funding

Other course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. For further information on the typical additional costs please see the Additional Costs page.

This information is applicable for 2017 entry.