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Unit information: Foreign Language Skills for Semester Abroad Students in 2018/19

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Unit name Foreign Language Skills for Semester Abroad Students
Unit code MODL20018
Credit points 10
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Foster
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

School/department School of Modern Languages
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description

This unit will provide students with the opportunity to study a foreign language in the context of their existing BA (Hons) programme and their preparation to study abroad for one semester in Year Two. Students who choose this unit option will be placed in an existing University-wide Language Programme (UWLP) 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. However, the School of Modern Languages’ UWLP portfolio also includes Russian, Czech, Brazilian Portuguese, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese and Japanese and there may be cases in future where a semester abroad will be facilitated by taking a class in one of these languages.

This unit will not be open to students wishing to learn a new language, as a single semester is insufficient preparation for study abroad. It is expected that students will have some prior learning of the language concerned, typically an A level or equivalent. Similarly, it will 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
  • Oral presentation skills
  • Cultural and social aspects of the language
  • E-learning opportunities

Intended learning outcomes

Students will:

  1. be able to communicate both orally and in writing with a reasonable degree of accuracy and fluency.
  2. be able to work at the relevant level with authentic material and retrieve necessary information.
  3. have acquired knowledge and awareness of the general social and cultural background of the target language
  4. be able to understand and interpret written texts at the relevant level
  5. be able to respond to written texts at the relevant level

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

Teaching details

3 hours of teaching per week covering all four topics of reading, writing, speaking and listening. Classroom-based learning is supplemented by online access to resources delivered via Blackboard. Regular formative homework is set.

Assessment Details

The four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) are assigned equal weighting for the purposes of assessment (25% each).

Listening is assessed by continuous assessment, consisting of listening assignments and class tests, which comprise 25% of the total mark. Both assess ILOs a and b.

Speaking is tested by continuous assessment, consisting of marked coursework (oral presentation) and an oral test. Both assess ILOs a, b and c.

For reading and writing there is a written class test at the end of TB1, which comprises 50% of the total mark. This assesses ILOs a-e.

Reading and References

As indicated in the UWLP unit on which the student is registered: materials developed in house by the relevant Language Department. Reading and reference material will be provided on Blackboard.

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