Year 1 and 2:
Teaching in the pre-Honours years is organized in such a way that in year 1 students take the year-long 40-credit course LEL1 (alongside two outside subject courses); in year 2 all Single Honours students (Single Honours in Linguistics, in English Language, and in Linguistics and English Language) take a minimum of four 20-credit modules, accompanied by 40 credits in an outside subject.
In line with standard practice in the College, LEL1 as well as most of the second-year modules comprise three lectures per week, supplemented by one weekly hour of small-group tutorial work. The lectures serve to deliver all ‘new’ knowledge. In tutorials, students engage in the discussion of lecture contents as well as working with exercise material and the analysis of data sets provided by lecturers specifically so as to accompany the lecture course and consolidate the knowledge acquired there. One second-year module (LEL2c), which is specifically devoted to empirical work in the subject, has an additional interactive class hour every week.
Years 3 and 4:
Honours courses run for one semester and typically comprise three plenary hours per week over 9 weeks. Teaching at this level aims to be interactive at all times. Additional tutorials are offered occasionally in courses which have attracted large numbers of students. Typically normal teaching is suspended during week 6, for independent course-research in semester 1 and ‘Innovative Learning Week’ in semester 2. The Honours Dissertation plays a prominent role in LEL’s teaching and learning activities: this major project of independent research is aided by a research training course during semester 1 of fourth year.
The main resource used in LEL’s teaching is the university library, whose holdings in the subject areas of Linguistics and English Language are probably unrivalled in the UK. The Library also provides online access to journal articles and a fast-growing number of books. At Honours, the resources of the National Library of Scotland (the country’s only copyright library) iare available for specific research projects.