English Language and Culture
The English Language and Culture Minor aims to improve your command of the English language, in writing, speaking, listening and reading. You will learn to analyse English literary texts from a historical perspective and gain a general sense of the development of English-language literature and culture over the last four centuries.
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4 compulsory courses
None (not accessible to students of the BA programme in English Language and Culture)
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Goal and content minor
The English Language and Culture Minor is intended for students interested in English, and in the literatures and cultures that use it. As a global language, English is a useful means of communication in all fields of study. The Minor offers an obligatory component of advanced English proficiency, comparable to what first-year students of English are taught.
This minor is not accessible to students of the BA-programme English Language and Culture.
The minor begins with a linguistics course which trains students’ spoken fluency and pronunciation skills, as well as their listening comprehension. It also introduces students to core principles of articulatory phonetics, as well as the basics of the sound systems of British and American English. Students also explore grammatical differences between English and Dutch. The focus then shifts to literature and culture from the second course onward: students learn a basic critical vocabulary, engage with genre, further enhance their presentation skills and construct properly-referenced academic essays.
These skills are then practised and applied in the two survey courses in periods 3 and 4, tackle historical and cultural perspectives on English-language writing from around the world in the Early Modern and Modern periods, respectively. Students are expected to report critically on their reading in appropriate academic English. Successful minor students improve their command of the English language, in writing, speaking, listening and reading to C1 level; they learn to analyse English literary texts from a historical perspective and gain a general sense of the development of English-language literature and culture over the last four centuries.
The minor English Language and Culture consists of 4 compulsory courses (30 EC):
If you wish to know more, or have questions about this minor, please contact the Student Desk Humanities.