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  • In general, there are two fields in English Language, i.e. Literature and Linguistics
  • English Language require you to have an aptitude and love for languages
  • Many students who choose to study language usually choose a secondary major such as another foreign language, drama, journalism, media, political science or business



The study of English Language opens windows into another culture and historical perspective that may not be available to non-native speakers. In general, there are two types of Language study: Linguistics and Literature. Linguistics is the study of language structure including phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, etc. It is the ‘science’ of languages and how patterns across languages are recognised and standardised. Literature is the study of how language encompasses human experience culturally, socially and historically.

If you choose to pursue a Degree in Literature or Linguistics, you need to have an aptitude and love for languages. You will find that you are not just studying in the classrooms, but you will need to immerse yourself in the language outside school hours. This is especially true when you are majoring in foreign languages. You will also need to be able express yourself fluently and creatively, either in oration or in writing.

‘’while your language ability will improve over the course of your studies, it is advisable that you have a good foundation especially if you are a non-native speaker’’

The study of other languages and cultures offers students communicative skills and understanding that are increasingly valuable in many fields. Many students who choose to study language usually choose a secondary major such as another foreign language, drama, journalism, media, political science or business. The knowledge of multiple languages is helpful when you are seeking careers in Foreign Service, international companies, and education.

Various Fields Available

Both fields of Linguistics and Literature are usually overlapping and students may find that they need to take some modules of Linguistics when studying Literature, vice versa. You could also be employed in a range of field that oriented around communication such as tourism, media and service.


  • Linguistics studies the structure of languages.
  • Literature studies written works of a specific language, period and people.

Types of jobs

  • Teacher
  • Writer/ poet
  • Stage actor/ dramatist
  • Journalist/ broadcaster
  • Translator
  • Editor
  • Publisher
  • Public relations

Successful people/ companies

  • David Crystal is a linguist, writer, editor, lecturer and broadcaster. He has over 100 books to his name. He is an honorary professor of linguistics at the University of Wales and in 1995 was awarded the OBE for services to the English language.
  • Haruki Murakami is a Japanese writer who works have been bestsellers in Japan as well as internationally. The critical acclaim for his fiction and non-fiction has led to numerous awards.

Education Pathways

A Degree in Language is usually considered a Bachelor of the Arts. In order to be a linguist, you will need at least a Master’s Degree or PhD in a specialised field. Training in translation may require additional examinations in order to be fully certified.

Types of qualifications

  • Foundation in Arts
  • Degree in English Language

Entry requirement

  • Good pass in Secondary Education. Subject prerequisites may apply.
  • Good pass in Secondary Education and a Pre-University course or Foundation in Arts.*

Duration of courses

  • 1 year
  • 3 to 4 years

*As a rule of thumb: ‘A’ Level minimum 2 Es; STPM minimum 2 Cs; Australian Pre-University minimum of ATAR 60.0; CPU minimum average of 60% in 6 subjects; Foundation in Arts minimum CGPA of 2.0.