This subject explores the history of the English language. You will learn about the sound and grammatical systems of English, how English changes over time, geographical variations, and the social and cultural meaning behind our use of words and ways we learn to communicate.
- Explore the structure, functions, and history of English language, with a focus on New Zealand English and the infamous Kiwi accent, Māori-English phrases, and the psychology behind how communication adapts in different settings.
- Interdisciplinary field of study that bridges the sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities.
- Study English Language as a minor in many bachelor’s degrees to develop your communication and social language skills on top of your other interests.
English Language major
For the major in the Bachelor of Arts, complete the following courses:
- ENLA210 Language Variation Across Space and Time
- Two 200-level LING courses (which may include one 200-level ENGL course)
You can also benefit from taking Linguistics courses, and/or from taking a course in another language other than English or your native language.
English Language minor
For the minor in the Bachelor of Arts, Commerce, Digital Screen, Health Sciences, Science, Social and Environmental Sustainability, Sport Coaching, or Youth and Community Leadership, complete the following courses:
- 75 points in 100 to 300-level ENLA courses, with at least 45 points above 100-level
This subject is a good foundation for any career which requires advanced communication skills and a detailed understanding of the English language, especially in international contexts.
Some career pathways could include:
- English language teaching
- Cultural or community support
- Editing or publishing
Find out more about what you can do with a degree in English Language.
Department of Linguistics and English Language
Phone +64 3 369 3377
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