You will be involved in: lectures, tutorials, seminars, e-seminars, small-group work, project work and independent study. Many of your modules will be in workshop format, alternating theoretical input with practical analysis, and allowing you to test out your understanding in discussion with other students and your tutor. There are also opportunities for group and collaborative work. Students undertake a major piece of independent research in final year.
You will be allocated a Personal Tutor when you join us and you will be encouraged to make regular contact with them throughout your studies. Personal Tutors are there to help discuss academic and, in some cases, personal issues. Personal Tutors can also often offer support by writing references for placement/graduate employment and academic research.
Assessment is through a combination of written and oral exams, coursework, essays, translation tasks, presentations and an extended dissertation during your Final Year. Exams take place in January and May/June.
Dr Erika Darics - Lecturer in Applied Linguistics
I am a linguist-slash-communication scholar interested in how language functions in professional contexts and in the digital realm.
My work is primarily qualitative and discourse-centered, focusing on issues such as written non-verbal cues, linguistic politeness or the interactional creation of identity and power. I hold a PhD from the University of Loughborough. I am currently co-authoring a coursebook on Language and Business.
I am also a passionate advocate of the importance of communication and linguistic skills in professional contexts. I am excited to be able to lead our new joint honours programme BSc Business Management and English Language.
The modules I teach at Aston are strongly linked to my research interests that lie at the intersection of three fields: business communication, computer mediated communication and discourse analysis.
I am really interested in how language works online - especially in professional or business contexts. I have previously analysed, for example, how power and hierarchy is negotiated in virtual teams, or how professionals use non-verbal signals in writing to achieve their goals. I regularly consult organizations on communication issues and use these experiences in my teaching to ensure my materials are up-to-date and relevant.