History of English (Q1077B)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

This module provides the groundwork for understanding the shape and status of the English language. The module is divided between the study of the ways in which it has changed since the Old English period, and the study of the social and cultural contexts in which those changes have happened. Special attention is given to the emergence of key dialects and to the relations between English and other languages in the British Isles. You also gain experience of a range of different varieties of English. History of English 1 focuses on the Middle English to Modern English periods, exploring the changing phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and lexical semantics of English. This module also explores new Englishes and Pidgin/Creole varieties.


50%: Lecture
50%: Seminar


30%: Coursework (Problem Set)
70%: Examination (Unseen examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 22 hours of contact time and 128 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.