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Certificate of Higher Education in English Language - Learning outcomes

Educational aims

The qualification will develop your abilities as a critical consumer and user of language. Through a focus on English, it will equip you with the tools to explore how language choices are affected by historical, social and cultural contexts. You’ll learn to critically reflect on and expand your own repertoire of English language practices. The qualification promotes critical literacy, helping you understand, for example, how texts are constructed to be persuasive, hide biases, convey humour and creativity, and foster or hinder understanding between individuals or groups. The global reach of English in media, business, education, and through literatures in English provides opportunities to teach and develop you as a critical global citizen, able to apply your skills to other areas of your life.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

You’ll be able to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of:

  • The contemporary diversity of English, its role as a global language, and its use in a range of contexts in various parts of the world.
  • The historical and contemporary position of standard English in relation to other languages and language varieties in modern society.
  • The different approaches to description and analysis of language data.
  • How people use English, as a first or additional language, in some specific areas related to the roles language plays in their lives.

Cognitive skills

You’ll be able to demonstrate your ability to:

  • Synthesise information and ideas drawn from several sources and begin to critically evaluate alternative explanations and arguments.
  • Employ appropriate literacy strategies (both digital and non-digital) to appreciate, interrogate, and create written, spoken and multimodal texts.
  • Describe and analyse texts use some linguistic and critical terminology.

Practical and/or professional skills

You’ll be able to demonstrate your ability to:

  • Reflect on your own linguistic experience and relationship to the English language.

Key skills

You’ll be able to:

  • read, synthesise, evaluate and communicate information from a number of sources.
  • study and work independently using a variety of appropriate media, including digital tools;
  • make appropriate use of feedback to improve your own performance;
  • produce appropriate texts for a range of purposes.

Teaching, learning and assessment methods

The modules in this qualification employ a blended approach of text books, online materials, synchronous and non-synchronous online tutorials with tutors. All modules involve assignments and either an end-of-course assessment or exam.