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

Unit name Advanced Foreign Language Skills for Erasmus Students
Unit code MODL30035
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 advanced foreign language skills 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 level at point of entry. It is expected that this will be in French, German, Spanish, Italian or Russian.

It is expected that students will be native speakers of the language concerned and will have spent some time studying English 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 high degree of accuracy and fluency.
  2. Develop a sensitivity towards register and determine the nuances of the target language to be reflected in translation.
  3. Illustrate and reflect on their distinctive linguistic and cultural expertise by exploring its practical application in a range of educational and cultural contexts.

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

2 hours of translation and mediation classes

Assessment Details

Students will complete relevant coursework assignments in the course of the term. Components will be weighted equally.

Coursework assignments completed during the term – Translation into English 50% - tests ILOs 2 and 3, Mediation 50% - tests ILOs 1 and 3.

Reading and References

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