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 and theoretical models 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 – expecting you to analyse spoken, written and multimodal texts from a variety of genres. 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. You’ll explore the significance and power of language in social and economic life in countries where English is the majority language (such as the United Kingdom and the USA), and in countries where it exists alongside one or more other languages (such as India or South Africa). The global reach of English in media, business, education, and through literatures in English provides extensive opportunities to teach and develop you as a critical global citizen, able to apply your critical skills to other areas of your life.
Teaching, learning and assessment methods
The modules in this qualification employ a blended approach of textbooks, online materials, synchronous and non-synchronous online tutorials and face-to face meetings with tutors. All modules involve assignments and either an end-of-course assessment or exam.