Thank you for your query! I'm going to get into contact with the appropriate people and try and find that out for you. As you said, rankings are not the only factor to consider when choosing a University, or a University course in this case. My experience as an English Language and Linguistics student here at Sheffield has been an amazing one thus far; the support and guidance I have received across the years I have been a student here has been incredible, and the course contents and expertise of my lecturers and tutors has been invaluable for my future endeavours within the Language and Linguistics community. As I am an English Language and Linguistics student, I have studied a broad range of both language, and linguistic modules, in addition to some Literature, Philosophy and Education modules. Optional modules are offered in some courses, including mine, and allow students to pick up modules in areas of interest that may not directly apply to their degree content. For me, as I am going into a teaching career, being able to pick up Education modules in addition to Language and Linguistics modules has been invaluable and was certainly a big attraction to the course for me when I was deciding which University and which course to choose before I started here.
Do you have any specific questions about the structure of the course, or about any modules/research projects? I'm very happy to help! I'll try and get back to you soon with more information regarding the rankings.
-Ellie (3rd year English Language and Linguistics student)