English Language

English Language Studies (ELS) considers the history and present status of the English Language. To paraphrase CS Lewis, in the older periods you know what you don’t understand, but in more recent periods the apparent similarity of the words of the text to contemporary usage can mislead us.

This studies is an important tool for the study of literature. … Other courses, such as English Grammar, Lexicography, ESL Error Analysis, Second Language Acquisition, Style, and Language Variation and the Linguistics of Speech, treat specific topics and theories related to the English language.

English is very likely to be almost as integral a part of your life as the air you breathe. You probably get on perfectly well on a day-to-day basis without ever having to reflect on what exactly comprises the language. It’s what you’re reading now. If you live in an English-speaking country, it’s probably what you use on a daily basis to converse with your friends, colleagues and family.