Language and Literature
Language and Literature is the study of the structure and use of languages, and the literature of particular times and geographic areas.
The main purpose of this narrow field of education is to develop an understanding of the nature, structure, sound and form of languages, the development and changes in literary styles, and languages and literature in their social and cultural contexts. It also involves developing abilities in understanding, speaking, reading and writing in a foreign language and in critically analysing literary works and form.
Courses in Language and Literature develop skills in:
- analysing approaches to, and techniques of, writing
- analysing foreign languages and literature in their social and cultural context
- analysing the development of, and changes in, literary styles
- critically analysing and evaluating form, themes, style and content
- presenting literary critiques in written and oral form
- speaking, understanding, reading and writing English as a second language
- speaking, understanding, reading and writing foreign languages
- translating and interpreting languages
This field comprises the following detailed fields:
- English Language
- Northern European Languages
- Southern European Languages
- Eastern European Languages
- Southwest Asian and North African Languages
- Southern Asian Languages
- Southeast Asian Languages
- Eastern Asian Languages
- Australian Indigenous Languages
- Translating and Interpreting
- Language and Literature, n.e.c.
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