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Unit information: Foreign Language Skills for Erasmus Students in 2020/21

Unit name Foreign Language Skills for Erasmus Students
Unit code MODL30034
Credit points 10
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Foster
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Modern Languages
Faculty Faculty of Arts


This unit will provide students with the opportunity to study a foreign language in the context of their Erasmus visit to the University of Bristol. Students who choose this unit option will be placed in an existing class in the School of Modern Languages, appropriate to their language level at point of entry (benchmarked against the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages – CEFR). It is expected that this will be in French, German, Spanish or Italian.

It is expected that students will have some prior learning of the language concerned, typically an A level or equivalent and some time studying that language at their home university.

The unit will include:

  • General communication skills
  • Academic listening and note-taking skills
  • Academic and sub-technical language
  • Academic reading and writing skills
  • Oral presentation skills
  • Cultural and social aspects of the language
  • E-learning opportunities

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate their oral and written communication skills in the target language with a reasonable degree of accuracy and fluency.
  2. Develop a knowledge and awareness of the general social and cultural background of the target language.
  3. Comprehend and analyse source materials in the target language at the relevant level.
  4. Select and synthesise authentic primary and secondary sources as part of their language-learning.

The level of the intended learning outcomes will be benchmarked against the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages as indicated in unit on which the student is simultaneously registered

Teaching details

3 weekly contact hours

Assessment Details

In-class tests of Reading, Writing and Listening – 75%, assesses ILOs 1, 2, 3, 4.

In-class Presentation / Speaking exercise to assess Oral – 25% - assesses ILOs 1, 2 and 3

Reading and References

Materials developed in house by the relevant Language Department. Reading and reference material will be provided on Blackboard.