Centre for Language Discourse & Communication



Undergraduate students

Hannah
Hannah
English Language & Communication BA

BA English Language & Communication offers so many varied and interesting modules that you are able to build up your skills based on what you need for your future.

I have been able to transfer the skills I learned in modules such as grammar and written/critical discourse analysis so easily to my first job as a PR Intern in the Public Relations Department at King’s. The course can also set you up for so many other different careers, from journalism to speech therapy.

Studying in London also provides you with fantastic opportunities both in terms of your lifestyle and experiences and in terms of your career path. At King’s especially, you are right at the heart of the capital, where so many companies and businesses are based. 


You also have the opportunity to live in central London and take advantage of all the experiences it has to offer, something you probably won’t do again in your lifetime.

Let’s not forget that, in 2013, King’s was named one of the top 20 universities in the world!

Harvey
Harvey
English Language & Communication BA

The English Language & Communication programme is unique compared to many other linguistics-based courses in that it not only gives you the chance to learn how to analyse language, but also to learn how language works in the wider world, namely within society, teaching, and even science and psychology.

Lectures are given by staff who are experts in their field, often to relatively small groups, with a mix of teaching and group discussion. This means that you really feel engaged with the lecturers and their material.

The course has allowed me to develop invaluable analytic research and presentation skills, all of which will no doubt prove useful for future jobs.
Maria
Maria
English Language & Communication BA

King's was my first choice as it offered a reputable degree in my subject and an exciting central London location. The degree offers so much choice in years 2 and 3, and I enjoyed perusing my interests by specialising in certain areas of linguistics. The option to study a new language for free at King's Modern Language Centre, as part of the degree was particularly tempting. W

hat I love about the degree is that I don't need to decide exactly what I want to do with it straight away, it can open many doors into different fields and I like having the option to do anything I want.

Being part of the University of London means there are also some fantastic opportunities available; in my first year I lived in an intercollegiate hall which meant I got to meet a great mix of people from various London institutions as well as King's.

Living in central London offers so much flexibility, the west end, museums, concert venues and hundreds of restaurants are all a stone's throw away. With so much going on around also means finding a part-time job has never been easier.
Patricia
Patricia
Philippines

English Language & Communication BA

Deciding to go abroad for university is one thing; choosing where to go is another. Coming from The Philippines, I had very ideal expectations upon moving to London and studying at King's, and it definitely did not disappoint on many different perspectives.

I quickly fell in love with King’s and all that it had to offer, from the thought-provoking lectures and seminars that really get your mind working to the incredibly helpful people at The Compass. Besides, when your campus is a stones throw from the London Eye that pretty much means you've got the perfect location!

The social aspect of being at King's is also amazing. Getting to meet people from all over the world, and being able to talk to them about everything is easily one of the most enjoyable things about university life. Halls of residence are also a great place to be, especially if you're a fresher.

Late nights spent outside with friends, enjoying a drink or two at the pub, or attempting to cook a proper meal on your own are great memories to have. King's is definitely the best place to be to have a well-rounded and extremely rewarding university life, and easily the best decision I've ever made.
Sandro
Sandro
English Language & Communication BA

King's College London is such a great university that has so much to offer. Being in the centre of a big and beautiful city, there are so many opportunities to make the most of your student life. It is absolutely enjoyable to meet new people from all over the world, who come together at this place and share their experiences.

I chose the BA English Language & Communication, because I have always been passionate about languages. As an international student, I wanted to study the English language in an English-speaking country in order to fully immerse myself in the culture. 


The course does not only teach you the system of the English language, but it also focuses on how communication works in general and the socio-cultural aspects of language. It offers a wide range of modules that give you a broad knowledge of linguistics and enhance your language skills. It therefore prepares you for all different kinds of jobs.


Postgraduate students

Ching Ching
Ching Ching
Hong Kong

English Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics MA

King's is a resourceful college as it teaches all aspects of English language teaching from a variety of angles. Both academic staff and my fellow classmates are comfortable dispensing their practical teaching experience in the UK and the location of the school itself is prime considering how close it is to the heart of London. It has been very easy making friends and settling into life here. My friends are a good mix of international students and local professionals. The participation in Learn to Lead program 2008 in London also widened my scope with 20 potential leaders round the world.

Staff

Dr Nick Andon
Dr Nick Andon
English Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics MA

Applied Linguistics is a thriving research area at King’s with over 25 members of staff belonging to the Language Discourse & Communication research group and a large number of students from BA level to PhD and beyond. Staff who teach on this programme have extensive experience of English Language Teaching programme evaluation, assessment, teacher education and curriculum design in EFL, ESOL, ESP and EAP. Based on this we have designed an MA programme which provides a thorough introduction to theory and research in the field, as well as a range of professional option modules in practical areas such as language testing, materials, teaching EAP and teaching ESOL. We feel that a good balance of theory and its practical application allows teachers to develop their careers in a number of different directions, and many teachers who have taken this programme have progressed to senior positions.
Ben Rampton
Ben Rampton
Language & Cultural Diversity MA

The MA in Language & Cultural Diversity addresses many of the crucial processes that you find in multilingual global cities like London, and on the course team, there is a great deal of experience teaching and researching them. My colleagues and I work and write about topics like language and identity, conversational stories, translation, code-switching, language policy, new media and popular culture, linguistic difference and the links to culture and thought.



You’ll find that as well as the MA itself, there are a lot of other activities to engage you such as visiting lectures by well-known scholars, regular seminars, data sessions, and lots of other students with similar interests. Plus, of course, we are located right by the River Thames next to the South Bank arts complex as well as a number of good eating places, so there is no shortage of things to do when you want to take a bit of time to relax!


Professor David Ricks
Professor David Ricks
Modern Greek Studies (Sociolinguistics) MA

King's College London is one of a handful of institutions outside Greece and Cyprus where a student can trace the development of history and culture in the Greek-speaking world from the earliest times to the present.

 

I moved to King's for my PhD studies, having graduated in classics from Oxford, precisely to get that cross-period possibility, and I was not disappointed. From my first book, The Shade of Homer, on I have engaged in research that examines the modern Greek reception of the ancient Greek past, as well as making some forays into the field of Byzantium and its legacy. I'm by no means alone among my colleagues in taking this approach; and I think that the scholarly environment which has resulted in a number of recent publications in our own Centre for Hellenic Studies/Ashgate series which transcend normal period boundaries in historical, literary and linguistic study makes us particularly attractive to students who want to study Greek tradition in new ways.

 

I certainly am proud to have supervised some distinguished PhD and MA dissertations of precisely this type, covering themes as various as intralingual translation, the relation of poetry to the visual arts, and the link between poetry and Orthodox Christianity.

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