Studying in the Department of English Language and Linguistics you discover what languages have in common and how they change over time. You explore how we acquire language and what governs our choice of words.

As part of our enhanced protection measures surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) the University has taken the decision to cancel all Applicant Days, Selection Days and in-person interviews.  

We are disappointed that we won’t get a chance to welcome you to the Department. This page provides information for applicants who are not able to visit but want to find out more about life at Kent, and what it's like to be part of the Department of English Language and Linguistics.

We are planning a range of activities to help you feel part of our community, including the opportunity to speak directly to a student or to one of our admissions officers if you have any questions about your course.

Why choose English Language & Linguistics at Kent?

“I was attracted by the diversity of the degree”

English Language and Linguistics student Elise McMellin on her fascinating degree and what’s next

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Our facilities

Our Linguistics Laboratory gives students in the English Language and Linguistics Department the opportunity to use professional-standard equipment. Supported by academic staff, they are able to conduct their own experiments, extending their understanding of the field.  

The Linguistics Laboratory has facilities for experimental and quantitative research in acoustics, sociophonetics, and speech and language processing and acquisition. You also have access to the School of European Culture and Languages’ recording studio and a multimedia lab.

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Put into practice the theories and methods of analysis you will have explored elsewhere on your course. On our popular Writing in the Media module, you can produce your own portfolio of journalism and media-related writing.

Gold-rated teaching

The Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Panel judged that we deliver consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students.

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Life as a sociolinguist- Dr David Hornsby explores the relationship between language and society

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I study English Literature, Language and Linguistics whilst living in my family home, so I would be happy to answer any questions you may have about choosing to live at home and commute to university.

The English Hub for Refugees project helps refugees and asylum seekers gain the English language skills they need in order to integrate into their new communities and access mainstream education and jobs while also allowing students to gain teaching experience.

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