English Language in Britain

This isn’t your typical grammar class. The English Language in Britain program is a hands on, experiential investigation into where the English language came from and how diverse its dialects have become. Because we want you to experience the foundations of all English dialects, we will take you to England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, the only program to visit all the British Isles in one trip. Consider it the J. R. R. Tolkien/Henry Higgins tour of Britain, with a bit of the dialects of Harry Potter, Doctor Who and the Beatles thrown in. Along the way, we’ll teach you the rudiments of how English works, including how to tell where people are from by their accents. Homework assignments in London will take you to historical sites like the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, the Globe Theatre, and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Assignments outside London will take you to Wales, Scotland, and Ireland. Along the way, we’ll see historical sites like Stonehenge, York Minster, Edinburgh Castle, and Blarney Castle. In many of these places, you will speak with locals with dialects ranging from Scouse to Welsh to Scottish to Irish. If you speak English, this program is for you.

DATES

27 June – 8 August 2017 (approximately)

HOUSING

While in London, you will live in flats in the neighborhood of Kensington, a beautiful area near museums and the LDS Hyde Park Chapel. While traveling, you will stay in youth hostels and hotels.

COURSES

Register for 6 credit hours during summer term. Possible courses include:

  • LING 110 Introduction to Human Language (3 credit hours)—Fulfills the GE Social Science requirement
  • ELANG 223 Introduction to the English Language (3 credit hours)
  • ELANG 324 History of the English Language (3 credit hours)
  • ELANG 325 The Grammar of English (3 credit hours)
  • ELANG 468 Varieties of English (3 credit hours)
  • ELANG 527 Early Modern English (3 credit hours)

Courses for the TESOL minor or other courses may also be available.

COST

$5500–5900

Includes LDS, undergraduate full tuition (increased cost for graduate and non-LDS students), housing, group transportation and lodging on field trips, and international health insurance coverage.

Not Included

Airfare, most meals (grocery stores are located near housing), and personal expenses.

PREPARATION

Students are required to participate in an international, cross-cultural preparation course (IAS 201R, 1 credit hour). This evening course will be held during the second block of winter semester 2016. Part-time and non-BYU students will need to pay an additional $270 tuition fee for enrolling in the prep class.

Accompanying spouses need to be credit-bearing participants on the program. Spouses will also need to apply online and take the preparation course.

FUNDING SOURCES

Regular BYU tuition scholarships, Pell Grants, and Federal Insured Student Loans may be applied to study abroad programs.

Students who submit the financial aid section of the ISP application and who have a current FAFSA form on file at the Financial Aid Office (A-41 ASB) will be considered for a study abroad scholarship and may be considered for other scholarships. They must indicate on their original online application that they want to be considered for financial aid.

Academic departments and colleges may assist with scholarships and grants. The College of Humanities offers funding for qualified students.

Private grants and scholarships outside of BYU may also assist (see kennedy.byu.edu/scholarships).

APPLICATION PROCESS

Complete the online application at kennedy.byu.edu/apply The application requires a $35 fee

Applicants will be interviewed once the application is complete

Students will be notified via e-mail of their acceptance into the program

Priority Deadline: 1 February

FACULTY

David Eddington, professor of linguistics and English language, specializes in experimental linguistics, phonology, morphology, and Spanish. This is his second time directing this program. eddington@byu.edu, (801) 422-7458, 4041 JFSB.

Lynn Henrichsen, professor of linguistics and English language, specializes in TESOL: methodology, materials development, teacher education, ESL K-12, and EFL. This is his second time directing this program. lynn_henrichsen@byu.edu, (801) 422-2938, 4040 JFSB.

SCHEDULE AND TIME COMMITMENT

This is a full summer term program. Students should refrain from scheduling late arrivals and early departures.

INTERESTED STUDENTS SHOULD CONTACT

International Study Programs isp@byu.edu

(801) 422-3686

kennedy.byu.edu/isp

PROGRAM ADJUSTMENTS

ISP reserves the right to cancel this program, revise its offerings, or make any adjustments to the preliminary cost estimates due to conditions beyond its control.