Language Studies

As a person working in the field of language studies, you will be engaging in a whole lot of activities in the discipline of language and literature. Primarily you will be involved in reading, writing and studying about the language, its structure, function, politics and power.

What do they do?

Those who work as teachers, writers and publishers in the field of language studies spend their time more in reading and analysing literature and also in writing new works. At the same time, linguists are more in to language training and they also research on the structural and formal aspects of a language. Those who are experts in more than one language would also engage in translation related activities.

What does a typical day at work involve?

Depending on the specialisation and job role, on a typical day at work they may be performing any of the tasks below

  • Checked Translate written material from one language to another like medical or legal documents, contracts, literary works or brochures (depending on where you work)
  • Checked Act as interpreters for visiting dignitaries, or in interviews with a different language speaker
  • Checked Take language/ literature classes for students in a school or university
  • Checked Analyze foreign language materials and translate reports and depositions in government offices
  • Checked Write, compile and edit dictionaries for print and online publication
  • Checked Transcribe conversations and proceedings in another language for the military, operating radios, electronic listening devices or other communication channels
  • Checked Explain doctor’s advice and treatment details to patients and their relatives
  • Checked Assist in critical negotiations between heads of state and between people of different cultures
  • Checked Correct spelling, grammar and layout in proofreading of articles for a newspaper or magazine
  • Checked Create content for print, digital media, or product descriptions

What are the different specialisations in Language Studies?

Study of a language of choice which can be a regional, national or foreign language.
Literature includes the study of literary forms, theories, criticisms, mode of readings and writings, history of literature etc.
Linguistics is the scientific study of language which includes the analysis of its structure, grammar, syntax, and phonetics.
It is the systematic study of the application of translation which includes theories of translation, interpretation and localization.

How to become a Language Studies Graduate?

Step 1
Take any stream at the 10+2 level

Taking any stream in 10+2 and securing a minimum aggregate marks would make you eligible for an undergraduate degree in this field.

Note :

Taking humanities with the preferred slanguage as a main subject would be a more preferable choice.

Step 2
Take BA

Taking BA in the preferred language/subject would be the perfect way to start your career in language studies. The duration of BA courses are usually three years.

Step 3
Take MA

Taking an MA would be the next step, the duration of the MA courses are usually 2 years. Post graduation diploma in foreign languages is also another option. Some colleges and universities are also offering an MA in linguistics.

Language Studies Colleges

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Requirements for masters (MA) in language studies

Requirements for admission into a PG course in one of the top institutions to help you get an overall picture

India (For MA English at Delhi University)

  • At least 45% in the BA (Honours) English of the University of Delhi.


    At least 50% in the aggregate of a Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline from a recognized Indian University.
  • At least 30% score in the entrance examination conducted by the university.

Foreign (MSt English language & Literature at Oxford University)

  • A first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours as a minimum, in English literature and/or English language (or exceptionally a related subject).
  • No Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or GMAT scores are sought.
  • IELTS score of 7.5 (with min 7.0 per component)
  • TOEFL (IBT) 110 (with component scores of 22 in Listening, 24 in Reading, 25 in Speaking and 24 in Writing)
  • Statement of purpose
  • An Essay of 4000 words or two essays of not more than 2000 words each
  • 3 recommendation letters (generally academic)

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Skills Required

Critical thinking ability

Ability to critique and analyze a broad range of literary materials is essential as well as the ability to understand different theoretical approaches to literary criticism.

Communication skills

Good communication skills are required in this field as people in this field shall be able to convey ideas and theories in an effective manner. Writing skills are also highly essential in the various professions a language and linguistics expert takes up ike content writing, writing research papers or taking up translation work.

Academic research skills

Research skills are required to develop independent understanding of texts, concepts and theories and to prepare research material with the correct use of academic citations and referencing.

Aesthetic sensitivity

The ability to understand and appreciate the beauty of languages and literature including prose and poetry makes careers in this field enjoyable.

Interpersonal skills

Participating in discussions and working within a team to develop and present ideas, and acting as an interpreter in various situations require good interpersonal skills.


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