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Unit information: Foreign Language Skills for Postgraduate Students (Beginners and Intermediate) in 2020/21

Unit name Foreign Language Skills for Postgraduate Students (Beginners and Intermediate)
Unit code MODLM0030
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
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, at an appropriate level, in the context of their Master’s programme. Students who choose this unit option will be placed in an existing University-Wide Language Programme (UWLP) unit, appropriate to their language level at point of entry (benchmarked against the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages – CEFR). The School of Modern Languages’ portfolio includes French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Czech, Brazilian Portuguese, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese and Korean.

This unit will be open to students wishing to learn a new language or develop their language skills as part of their postgraduate training; it will therefore not be possible for students to take this unit in their mother tongue.

The unit will include:

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

Intended learning outcomes

Students will:

a) improve their language skills, relative to their entry point, and be able to communicate orally and in writing with a reasonable degree of accuracy and fluency.

b) be able to work at appropriate level with material in the target language and retrieve necessary information.

c) have acquired knowledge and awareness of the general social and cultural background of the target language.

d) be able to understand and interpret written texts at an appropriate level.

e) be able to respond to written texts at an appropriate level.

Teaching details

Teaching will be delivered online through a combination of synchronous sessions and asynchronous activities, including seminars, lectures, and collaborative as well as self-directed learning opportunities supported by tutor consultation.

Assessment Details

  • Timed online examination which includes Reading, Writing and Listening – 75% - assesses ILOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 *In-class presentation / speaking exercise to assess oral – 25% - assesses ILOs 1, 2 and 3

Reading and References

Reading lists are specific to the language and level, and will be provided by the unit coordinator.