English Language & Linguistics

What Our Subject is About

It is not about learning the correct use of language (it’s a given that you have mastered this) but rather, it’s about learning what ‘correctness’ actually entails (in fact, the more relevant word to use here is ‘appropriateness’, rather than ‘correctness’).

You study how language is used in various contexts to make meaning. In this course, you will be learning various linguistics tools like semantics and phonology as well as various sociolinguistics concepts like political discourse, language and gender, social attitudes towards standards etc. 
It’s not all theory though. Through the study of authentic texts, you get to analyse how language is used to create meaning – both linguistic and social meanings. You’ll also be discussing linguistic issues in society. In a nutshell, you learn about language use and language variation and change. 

How is it different from English Literature?
You’ll analyse almost all types of spoken and written texts except literary ones. There are no set texts to focus on, but rather you will be analysing samples of authentic texts e.g. advertisements, conversations, news reports, online articles etc.


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What Our Students Say

"I fell in love with ELL because of the independent research and exploration we were encouraged to do about the subject. We had a strong foundation from lectures, and teachers were supportive in letting us use assignments to experiment in applying new concepts. Our subject cohort was also very close-knit and driven about learning; it was always exciting to read sample essays that were given out after assignments because every one would have new pieces of research that our classmates had found and applied."
- Alyssa Marie Loo Li Ann 19A13A

"I cannot seem to find the words to describe the extent to which ELL has changed my life. For one, I can no longer watch a movie without analyzing the characters’ accents. On trains and buses, I study the orthographical and graphological features of every ad I see…ELL is not a subject meant to be confined to the classroom; it is all around us, in the rise and fall of our conversations, in the push and pull of human interaction. I do not think I exaggerate when I say that it was like a light going off in my mind: suddenly, I understood."
- Soh Ying Qi 18A01C