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Programme and Learning Outcomes

English Language and Linguistics offers you the opportunity to explore typical "Anglicist" pursuits: the study of the special role of English as a global language as a result of nineteenth Century empire-building, and its spin-offs, the study of the acquisition of English as a second language, and a proliferation of descriptions of English at all linguistic levels (phonology, syntax, pragmatics, etc.). England was christianized relatively early compared to its West-Germanic cousins (Frisian, Dutch and German); as christianity brought with it a written culture, this has resulted in English having an unbroken historical record of texts spanning more than a thousand years. As English had an unusual history of language contact because of immigration and invasion (by Vikings and Norman French), it provides many interesting case studies of quite radical changes. All these factors have made English one of the best-studied languages in the world. Thes preoccupations are reflected by the courses offered by the English department, with its focus on the role of English in international settings, second language acquisition, the critical study of English grammars, and the history of English as a Germanic language.

This program gives access to the educational master 'Engels', see
http://www.ru.nl/docentenacademie/educatieve-master/educatieve-master/