This is an OU level 2 module and so you should have some experience of OU level 1 study, or equivalent work at another university.
If you have not studied at university level before, you are strongly advised to study at OU level 1 before progressing to OU level 2 study.
We recommend Exploring languages and cultures (L161), The arts past and present (AA100), Voices, texts and material culture (A105) or English for academic purposes online (L185). These OU level 1 modules develop skills such as logical thinking, clear expression, essay writing and the ability to select and interpret relevant materials.
If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please speak to an adviser.
Before starting the module, you may be interested in reading some books from English language studies. We recommend the following which are all accessibly written:
Cameron, Deborah (2000) Good To Talk: Living and Working in a Communication Culture, Sage.
Crystal, David (2005) The Stories of English, Penguin.
Crystal, David (2007) How Language Works, Penguin.
Graddol, David (2006) English Next, British Council. This book is available to download from British Council Learning.
If you prefer audio books or podcasts, you may be interested in:
Crystal, David (2011) The Story of English in 100 Words (BBC Audiobooks). Available on audio CD and also to download from Audible.
The British Library (2010) Evolving English, a series of podcasts available from The British Library or free from iTunes.