What do English majors study?

Updated on : January 21, 2022 by Jack Butler



What do English majors study?

Now I am in the third and last year of my English specialty in France and here are all the classes that I have / have had.

During my first year, I had:

Phonetics: it was basically learning to transcribe isolated words or small sentences using the phonetic alphabet. We also began to study word stress and how to name each syllable.

Grammar: Not surprisingly, everything to do with grammar, from syntax to the use of manners and verb tenses.

Version: One of the two kinds of translation. This one is from English to French.

Topic: Second class of translation from French to English.

These two classes come with a required learning or

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Now I am in the third and last year of my English specialty in France and here are all the classes that I have / have had.

During my first year, I had:

Phonetics: it was basically learning to transcribe isolated words or small sentences using the phonetic alphabet. We also began to study word stress and how to name each syllable.

Grammar: Not surprisingly, everything to do with grammar, from syntax to the use of manners and verb tenses.

Version: One of the two kinds of translation. This one is from English to French.

Topic: Second class of translation from French to English.

These two classes come with mandatory vocabulary learning, with chapters on topics of about 10 to 20 pages, which were to be assessed every two weeks (a chapter or two every two weeks, 10 to 20 words per test).

American and British literature: one book / topic per semester. Study of texts through the use of rhetorical figures and other literary resources.

American and British Civilization - Basically Very Intense History Lessons. During the first year, we study Politics in Great Britain (Constitution, House of Lords, House of Commons, the concepts of devolution and Britishness). and the birth of America.

Laboratory class and expression: paired with phonetics. The expression class is coordinated by language assistants from English-speaking countries and is a weekly discussion (often debate) on a topic. The laboratory was also (most of the time) with a language assistant and consisted of three exercises: spelling transcription, phonetic transcription and comprehension.

Methodology: Writing classes, both in French and English.

Second year:

Phonetics: Word stress and stress rules exclusively.

Grammar; Become linguistics. Nominal and verbal determination, morphology.

Literature: Converted into literary analysis. Much more detailed.

Civilization - much longer time span and extremely accurate.

Conferences added to the course list. No more methodology

Classes not mentioned were unchanged.

Third year:

Phonetics: intonation.

Linguistics: still around the question of determination.

Literature: 4 papers per semester + 3 compulsory readings per semester as well.

Civilization: Even more in depth, added Irish civilization.

Choice of an option. I personally chose the visual arts which are divided into 4 parts: Photography and comics in England / the horror genre in cinema and film adaptations of Frankenstein.

Let's see, I took classes in sailing, Native American studies, film studies, meditation and self-healing, and theater as a supplement to my literature classes. The class that helped me the most, and the most useful, for a major in English, was “Fast Reading and Comprehension”.

As an English learner, you can plan to read some novels. or plays, or some poetry every week, and write long-term articles, they also give up often. So to complete all that reading, every week, speed reading techniques were really helpful. But to retain the information, it also had to be able to quickly compress

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Let's see, I took classes in sailing, Native American studies, film studies, meditation and self-healing, and theater as a supplement to my literature classes. The class that helped me the most, and the most useful, for a major in English, was “Fast Reading and Comprehension”.

As an English learner, you can plan to read some novels. or plays, or some poetry every week, and write long-term articles, they also give up often. So to complete all that reading, every week, speed reading techniques were really helpful. But to retain information, he also had to be able to quickly understand and select relevant information and story lines, and the different traits and relationships of the characters to the story and to each other. So the ability to read fast and the ability to understand were the best learning tools I took from this class. Acceleration techniques are useful no matter how fast you read, and comprehension exercises are good no matter what your specialty is.

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