Welcome to Linguistics and Phonetics!

We are really looking forward to meeting you and helping you start your academic journey at Leeds. You will be automatically enrolled on our Getting Started at Leeds resource, but we thought we might start off with a few bits of information that will help you settle in. Find out more about starting your studies on our School of Languages, Cultures and Societies welcome page.

Dr Leendert Plug, Subject Leader, Linguistics and Phonetics.

Induction Week

In the first week you are with us you will be invited to a school Welcome meeting and then to separate induction meetings that will introduce you to your programme. These meetings will appear on your timetable automatically.

Studying at Leeds

Dr Leendert Plug, Subject Leader, Linguistics and Phonetics.

What should I expect from independent learning at university?

The first thing to say here is that university study couldn’t be more different from other types of study. Many of our students have come to us after A Levels, but there are other students who have been working, been abroad, or are living in the UK for the first time. Studying at university means studying independently, but within a supportive community of enquiry. That means that everyone at the university is seeking to understand things at a deeper level and to contribute to knowledge. This type of study relies upon the co-construction of understanding and shared information. Academic integrity is key – it is an absolutely crucial part of academic work to show where you have found the information you use and that you make it clear to others which parts are your own ideas and which ideas originated elsewhere.


All the information you will need about the modules you are studying can be found in Minerva, so once you have registered and you have your login details, start to explore!


While you are a student at Leeds, you’ll come across a range of approaches to teaching, but in 2020 we are going to have to start online! You will have access to online lectures, which usually involve a set presentation to larger group of students, but you will also be taught in smaller groups, referred to as seminars or tutorials. In these smaller groups you will be encouraged to make individual contributions to discussions alongside other students on your modules. Don’t worry if this seems scary – we will make sure everyone feels comfortable making the contributions they choose.

You will be expected to prepare for all teaching sessions so you can get the most out of them and details of how to do this will come from your module tutors. In addition to these approaches, some topics lend themselves to debates, or to the collection and analysis of data, but this will all be explained in your introductory lectures.

How will my learning be assessed?

Your teachers will set assignments that fit the type of topics you’re studying. For example, language-learners will always be assessed on their speaking skills, but non-language subjects might not have a ‘live’ component to the assessment and might use essays or critical writing tasks to assess learning.

The fair assessment of your work is of paramount importance. There are several ways in which we ensure our students are fairly assessed, starting with electronic submission of work to make sure everyone has submitted work that is their own and is on time. All marking of your work is then done anonymously, using only your Student Identity number. After that, all marks are ‘moderated’ by another member of staff. Moderation is the process by which a second marker samples a set of scripts and establishes that marking has been done in a fair and consistent manner. Finally, all Subject Areas have External Examiners who work in other universities. The External Examiners visit each year to ensure we are all following systems consistently and that we are all involved in Best Practice during assessment periods.

If you want to know more about assessment, speak to your Academic Personal Tutor, or to any of your teachers.


The Linguistics Society, LingSoc, welcomes all students who are studying single honours or linguistics alongside another subject, helping them to get the most out of the department both socially and academically. For further information, see the LingSoc page on the LUU website.

Things to Look Forward To