Frequently Asked Questions


  • 1. How is English Language (EL) at NUS different from EL in school and General Paper at JC?

    In school and at JC, you were learning how to use the English Language fluently and accurately.  English Language at NUS is really English Linguistics. Linguistics is the study of how language works, both as a social and a mental phenomenon. On EL1101E, for instance, we will be exploring questions like

    • What exactly is language?
    • Why are there so many different languages?
    • How do languages arise, develop and die?
    • How do human beings acquire language?
    • What do individuals & societies use language for?

    Some of our elective modules include: Language and the Internet; Language and the Workplace; Psycholinguistics; Bilingualism; English as a World Language; Media, Discourse and Society; and, Language, Gender and Text.

  • 2.What do I need to major in EL?

    • a lively interest in (why) language matters and
    • basic fluency in English  
    • Alternative measures of English fluency

     You would need to have at least one of the following:

    • Exempted from or Passed NUS Qualifying English Test, or
    • Exempted from further CELC Remedial English modules

     You would then register for EL1101E The Nature of Language. This core module is the prerequisite for most other English Language modules.

  • 3. What can I do with a Major in EL?

    Any job requiring strong analytical and communication skills. Our alumni work in areas as diverse as print and broadcast journalism, education, human resources, advertising, public relations and corporate communications.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Dean's Office, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences National University of Singapore

  • Add: The Shaw Foundation Building, Block AS7, Level 5
  • 5 Arts Link, Singapore 117570
  • Level 5 (Undergraduate) & Level 6 (Graduate)
  • Fax: +65 6777 0751
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