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Doing English Language
A Guide for Students

ISBN 9780415618823
Published May 3, 2012 by Routledge
176 Pages

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Book Description

Doing English Language provides a concise, lively and accessible introduction to the field of English Language studies for readers who are interested in taking courses at university level.

This book addresses the fundamental questions about studying English Language, including:

  • How is English Language studied and researched?
  • Which subject areas does English Language draw on?
  • How are different topics approached?
  • How is the study of English Language relevant to real world contexts?
  • What careers can English Language lead to?

Written by an experienced teacher, researcher, and examiner, Doing English Language is both an essential guide for students at pre-university stage and a course companion for undergraduates choosing options within a degree programme.

Table of Contents

Preface  1. Introduction: What is ‘English’?  2. Where Did the Study of English Language Come From?  3. Where Did the Subject of Linguistics come from?  4. UK 2011 Benchmarks for the Subject of English Language  5. Areas of Linguistics  6. Areas of Literary and Media Studies  7. Areas of Creative Writing  8. Metalanguage  9. Interdisciplinarity and Applied Studies  10. Research methods for English Language  11. Careers for students of English Language  12. Building a CV  13. References  14. Further Reading  Index of terms

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Angela Goddard is a Professor of English Language, formerly at York St John University, UK, a Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellow, and Chair of Examiners for English Language A Level at a UK national examination board.


"Aimed at students who are interested in studying English Language at university level, this book provides an accessible and interesting overview of what this fascinating subject involves. We recommend this excellent introduction to studying English Language to all our prospective students. It is both accessible and engaging and is a welcome addition to our pre-course reading list." Sarah Varney-Burch, University of Brighton, UK

"This is a must-read book for any 6th form student or undergraduate. It will give you a clear picture of why studying English Language matters and the different shapes and forms the subject takes. It also provides lots of practical advice on how English Language can kick-start your career." Shaun O’Toole, Itchen College, UK

"In an accessible and systematic way, it explores the exciting scope of Language and Linguistics, looks at the methods used to research language and their practical applications in future careers, and provides an introduction to some of the key thinking in the discipline." Dan Clayton, University College London, UK