Our TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and English Literature degree scheme looks at ways of analysing language knowledge, language use across contexts and time and relates this to teaching English to speakers of other languages. You will also analyse a range of literary texts from various contexts and historical periods, and explore the complex relationships between literature, politics, and history.
Opportunities offered to students include the chance to obtain an internationally recognised, professional teaching qualification (Cambridge CELTA) during year 2, subject to interview.
Students can also spend a semester abroad internationally. It is also possible to spend a year abroad after year 2 - see our 4 year option.
We are ranked 7th in the UK within the recent Research Excellence Framework exercise (REF 2014), gaining a score of 100% for the social impact of its research activities.
- The English Literature component covers themes from the early-Medieval period to the present day.
- The TESOL component provides a comprehensive grounding in the principles and terminology used in the study and analysis of language.
- Students have the opportunity to study abroad for a semester. Opportunities change annually, but in the past, partner countries have included: China, Hong Kong and the USA.
- Students have the option of taking the internationally recognised Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA), a professional qualification for teachers of English as a foreign language. Places are limited, subject to academic progression and students will have to undertake an interview process similar to PGCE interview.
- Students also have the opportunity to develop their programming skills through the development of computer-assisted language learning materials.
- Students receive thorough training in research methods including reporting and analysis of data.
- Our students have an academic mentor who provides pastoral support and guidance on issues that may affect their well-being, attendance and progress through University.
- The English Society at Swansea organises literary, social and cultural events. Follow them on Twitter or follow the Siren, English student blog.
Students study six modules, three in English Literature and three in TESOL.
English Literature is one of the most diverse, stimulating and challenging disciplines offered at Swansea University. Our Literature courses cover the entire range of the subject, from Beowulf to Contemporary Fiction.
In the TESOL component, we look at:
- how language is used in everyday communication including in different contexts;
- how language has developed over time;
- how we learn our first language and subsequent languages;
- how language operates in bilingual contexts;
- how we produce and understand language in real time, as well as
- how the underlying language system works for sounds and grammar.
- how different methods are used to teach language;
- how children learn an additional language;
- how theories of second language acquisition relate to teaching;
- how current research into English Language Teaching informs practice.