What is an English language degree?

Date: 19 March, 2010
Location: Exhibition Space, Jessop West, University of Sheffield
Event type: Workshop

Location map | Programme

This event is mainly aimed at staff involved in developing or delivering undergraduate programmes in English Language, but those involved in teaching or examining AS/ A-level English Language are also welcome. We will be discussing the range of undergraduate degree programmes in English Language currently available in the UK, with presentations covering topics such as: how to set up a new programme in English Language, the place of Linguistics in English Language degrees and the transition from A-level to undergraduate English Language. There will also be interactive workshops. This is a joint LLAS Subject Centre and English Subject Centre event.


  • There is no charge to attend this event for employees and postgraduate students of publicly funded UK higher educational institutions and other institutions with a subscription to the Higher Education Academy.
  • There is a charge of £40 for employees and postgraduate students of private institutions/organisations and non-UK institutions to attend this event.
  • Please note that we reserve the right to charge a £50 cancellation fee if you do not notify us at least 48 hours beforehand that you are unable to attend.
  • Full details of our charging policy are available.
  • Lunch will be provided.

Travel bursary

A travel bursary is available for this event. Deadline for applications is the 5 March, 2010.

Programme for 19 March 2010
Time Session
9.30-10.00 Registration and coffee
10.00-10.30 Welcome and overview of UK degree programmes in EL
Joan Beal
Powerpoint Slides (PowerPoint, 706Kb)
10.30-11.30 Setting up a new programme in English language
Philip Tipton and Carolin Esser
Powerpoint Slides (PowerPoint, 1,914Kb)
11.30-12.00 Coffee
12.00-13.00 Linguistics in english language degrees/literary studies in English language degrees
Wim van der Wurff and Richard Steadman-Jones
Powerpoint Slides (PowerPoint, 183Kb)
Powerpoint Slides (PowerPoint, 179Kb)
13.00-14.00 Lunch
14.00-14.30 The transition between A-Level and undergraduate English language
Angela Goddard
14.30-15.30 Parallel workshops
  • A: Managing the Transition
  • B: What goes into an English Language Degree? 
Graeme Trousdale
15.30-15.45 Tea
15.45-16.15 Round up