University of Hertfordshire

BA (Hons) English Language with Japanese

How do humans learn language? We’re all experts in our native tongue, so why can it be so hard to become fluent in a language we learn later in life?

Through this BA English Language with Japanese you’ll learn about the English Language but you’ll also have the opportunity to learn Japanese. This is for beginners or GCSE level only. 

This combined programme of English Language and a Language will give you an excellent grounding if you plan to teach children in primary or secondary schools following postgraduate teacher training.

In your first year, alongside core English Language modules, you’ll study language and mind, where you’ll analyse child speech transcripts and consider language acquisition. You’ll also explore the diversity of use of the English language including regional variants, pidgin and creole English, language and ethnicity, and slang and street English. In addition, you’ll take two modules in your chosen language each year.

Core modules in your second year focus on English grammar and the sounds of English. You can explore theories of how and why language developed and also have the option to take a language competencies module leading to a work placement. This could involve field work or observing teaching and learning methods in a college setting.

In your final year you can follow modules in different topics, including child language and communication, clinical linguistics, gender and language, and formulaic language, informed by our academics’ own research specialisms. In addition, you’ll study Global Englishes and take a compulsory project looking at a particular aspect of English Language teaching.

Entry Requirements

UCAS pointsA LevelBTRCIB
112-120BBC-BBBDMM-DDM112-120

GCSE: Grade 4/C in English Language and 4/D Mathematics

Access course tariff: An overall merit profile in 45 credits at Level 3.

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.

Career Prospects

Employability is central to everything we do. Over the years many of our graduates have gone into teaching or speech and language therapy, as well as translation, publishing, journalism, marketing, law and business. Many go on to higher levels of study, engaging in research in their chosen fields.

For our English Language with a Language students, your grounding in another language opens up a variety of teaching careers after PGCE, including teaching the language to non-native speakers. The analytical and intellectual transferable skills you’ve gained, including a critical approach to language use and communication, are valued by employers from a wide range of industries.

For those interested in teaching, all Humanities graduates are guaranteed an interview with the School of Education.

Employability is central to everything we do. Over the years many of our graduates have gone into teaching or speech and language therapy, as well as translation, publishing, journalism, marketing, law and business. Many go on to higher levels of study, engaging in research in their chosen fields.

For our English Language with a Language students, your grounding in another language opens up a variety of teaching careers after PGCE, including teaching the language to non-native speakers. The analytical and intellectual transferable skills you’ve gained, including a critical approach to language use and communication, are valued by employers from a wide range of industries.

For those interested in teaching, all Humanities graduates are guaranteed an interview with the School of Education.

Course Details

Degree programmes are structured into levels, 4, 5 and 6.  These correspond to your first, second and third/final year of study.  Below you can see what modules you’ll be studying in each.  

Year 1

Language and mind
Communication, interaction, context
Investigating language
Introduction to english linguistics 1
Introduction to english linguistics 2

Optional modules
Japanese route a - 4a
Japanese route a - 4b
English language in use
Japanese route b-4a
Japanese route b-4b
Language in the media
Introduction to english language teaching

Year 2

English grammar
Sounds of english
Graduate skills

Optional modules
Learning and teaching language 2
Language and species
Language in society
Japanese route a - 5b
Japanese route a - 5a
Forensic linguistics
Language competencies in career development
History of the english language
Research methods in english language & communication
Learning and teaching language 1
Japanese route b-5a
Japanese route b-5b

Year 3

Optional modules
Child language & communication
Clinical linguistics
Language & communication project
Language processing
Communication and cultures
Meaning and context
Japanese route a - 6a
Japanese route a - 6b
Chunky language: investigating formulaic sequences
Japanese route b 6a
Japanese route b 6b
Gender in language and communication
Global englishes
Corpus-based studies in english language

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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