University of Chester

Programme Specification
Modern Languages BA (Hons) (Single Honours)
2017 - 2018

Bachelor of Arts (Single Honours)

Modern Languages

Modern Languages

University of Chester

University of Chester

University of Chester

Undergraduate Modular Programme

Full-time and Part-time

Classroom / Laboratory,

4

7 Years

Annual - September

R901

R900

No

17a. Faculty

17b. Department

Arts and Humanities Modern Languages

Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies

Modern Languages

Wednesday 27th November 2013

  • To provide opportunities for students to pursue the study of three languages and related areas through a programme which is intellectually stimulating and academically demanding.
  • To provide opportunities for the development of linguistic competence so as to enable students to become confident, independent users of at least two languages in terms of comprehension and production of the spoken and written language.
  • To increase awareness of the mechanisms of language in order to support and enhance the acquisition of high level language skills.
  • To enable students to acquire substantial knowledge of and sensitivity to social, political and cultural features of modern Europe, contemporary China and the wider world.
  • To provide opportunities to pursue personal, academic interests in the area of language studies, and to encourage autonomous learning, self-direction and research.
  • To provide students with the relevant descriptive terminology at the key levels of linguistic analysis – phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and discourse.
  • To enable students to apply the linguistic tools to the analysis of spoken and written language in context.
  • To encourage students to engage critically in debates about the nature of language, attitudes towards language use and varying approaches to language and linguistic study.
  • To give students the confidence to collect, select, present, discuss, and analyse data which represents specific examples of language forms and functions.
  • Provide students with opportunities to specialise in areas of linguistic study which are of particular interest to them.
  • Use a variety of modes of assessments to provide students with the broadest possible range of opportunities to present their knowledge, findings and analyses.
  • To provide opportunities, through study or work placements abroad, for an extended period of contact with at least two languages, societies and cultures, which will contribute to greatly enhanced linguistic abilities and greater understanding of significant aspects of life in modern Europe, contemporary China and beyond.
  • To foster students' personal development and employability skills, and to increase their intercultural awareness.  
  • To develop expertise in transferable, vocational skills such as digital capabilities, improving own learning, effective oral and written communication in both English and at least two modern foreign languages, which will enhance employment prospects.

By the end of Level 4 (Cert. HE) the learner will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  1. The grammatical concepts necessary to underpin the learning of at least two modern languages (CH4000, CH4100 CH4101, FR/GR/PT/SP4101, FR/SP4102, FR/GR/SP4103).
  2. A wide range of grammatical structures underpinning effective and accurate use of the target language (CH4000, CH4100, CH4101, FR/GR/PT/SP4101, FR/SP4102, FR/GR/SP4103).
  3. A wide range of lexical items necessary to achieve effective communication in a variety of situations (all modules).
  4. A wide range of lexical items related to the social, political and cultural areas of study, within the programme (all modules).
  5. The functions and mechanisms of language required to support and enhance the acquisition of high level linguistic competence (CH4000, CH4100, FR/GR/SP4101, FR/SP4102).
  6. Social, political and cultural issues in modern Europe (FR/GR/PT/SP4101, GR/SP4103, FR/SP4102).
  7. Working environments and practices in modern Europe and the wider world (CH4000, CH4100, FR/GR/SP4101, FR/SP4102, FR/GR/PT/SP4103).

They will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of some of the following:

  1. The origins and development of the cinema in Europe and the wider world detailed knowledge of a range of representative films from French, German and Spanish-speaking countries (ML4111)
  2. Diverse visual texts in historical, cultural and artistic contexts (ML4106).

 In FR/GR/SP4101 students will have reached B1 on the Common European Framework for Languages. In FR/SP4102 students will have reached threshold B1. "Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics, which are familiar, or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans."

In CH4000, students will learn about 400 Chinese words, phrases and relevant grammar points. Students will reach equivalent HSK (Chinese proficiency test) Level 1-2: “have an excellent grasp of basic Chinese and can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.”

In CH4101, GR4103, PT4101 and SP4103 students will have reached a level corresponding to A1 on the Common European Framework for Languages. "Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help

In CH4101, students will learn an additional 200 Chinese words, phrases and relevant grammar points. Students will reach equivalent HSK (Chinese proficiency test) Level 1: “can understand and use very simple Chinese words and phrases, meet basic needs for communication and possess the ability to further their Chinese language studies”.

By the end of level 5 (Dip. HE) the learner will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  1. The grammatical concepts necessary to underpin the learning of at least two modern languages (CH4000, CH4100, CH4101, CH5111, FR/GR/PT/SP4101, FR/SP4102, FR/SP/PT/GR5201, FR/SP5202, FR/GR/SP4103)
  2. A wide range of grammatical structures underpinning effective and accurate use of the target language (CH4000, CH4100, CH4101, CH5111, FR/GR/SP4101, FR/SP4102, FR/SP/GR5201, FR/SP5202, ML5200, ML5000, FR/GR/SP4103)
  3. A wide range of lexical items necessary to achieve effective communication in a variety of situations (All modules)
  4. A wide range lexical items related to the social, political and cultural areas of study within the programme (All modules)
  5. The functions and mechanisms of language required to support and enhance the acquisition of high level linguistic competence. (CH4000, CH4100, CH5111, FR/GR/SP4101, FR/GR/SP5201, FR/SP4102, FR/SP5202, ML5200, ML5000)
  6. Social, political and cultural issues in modern Europe and contemporary China (CH4000, CH4100, CH5111, FR/GR/SP4101, FR/SP4102, ML5000, ML5200, FR/GR/SP5201, FR/SP5202)
  7. Working environments and practices in modern Europe and the wider world (CH5111, FR/GR/SP4101, FR/SP4102, FR/GR/SP5201, FR/SP5202, ML5200, ML5000)

They will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of some of the following:

  1. The origins and development of the cinema in Europe and the wider world with detailed knowledge of a range of representative films from French, German and Spanish-speaking countries (ML4111)
  2. Diverse visual texts in historical, cultural and artistic contexts (ML4106)

In FR/GR/SP5201 and FR/SP5202 students will have reached B2 on the Common European Framework: "Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options."

In CH5111, students will learn an additional 500 Chinese words, phrases and relevant grammar points. Students will reach equivalent HSK (Chinese proficiency test) Level 2-3: “can communicate in Chinese at a basic level in their daily, academic and professional lives. They can manage most communication in Chinese when travelling in China.”

In GR5207, PT5201 and SP5207 students will have reached A2 on the Common European Framework: Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

In CH5207, students will learn an additional 206 Chinese words, phrases and relevant grammar points. Students will reach equivalent HSK (Chinese proficiency test) Level 2: “have an excellent grasp of basic Chinese and can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters”.

By the end of the programme the learner will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  1. The grammatical concepts necessary to underpin the learning of at least two target languages (CH4000, CH4100, CH4101, CH5111, CH6301 FR/GR/PT/SP4101, FR/SP4102, FR/SP/PT/GR5201, FR/SP5202, FR/GR/SP4103, FR/GR/SP6302)
  2. A wide range of grammatical structures underpinning effective and accurate use of at least two target languages (CH4000, CH4100, CH4101, CH5111,CH6301, FR/GR/PT/SP4101, FR/SP4102, FR/SP/PT/GR5201, FR/SP5202, FR/GR/SP4103, FR/GR/SP6302, CH/GR/PT/SP6000)
  3. A wide range of lexical items necessary to achieve effective communication in a variety of situations (All modules)
  4. A wide range of lexical items related to the social, political and cultural areas of study within the programme (All modules)
  5. The functions and mechanisms of language required to support and enhance the acquisition of high level linguistic competence in at least two languages. (CH4000, CH4100, CH5111, CH6301, FR/GR/PT/SP4101, FR/SP/PT/GR5201, FR/SP5202, GR/SP5207, FR/GR/SP6302, CH/GR/PT/SP6000)
  6. Social, political and cultural issues in modern Europe, contemporary China and the wider world (CH4000, CH4100, CH5211, CH6301, FR/GR/SP4101, FR/SP4102, FR/GR/SP5201, FR/GR/SP6302, FR/GR/SP6305, FR6313, ML5200, FR/SP5201, FR/GR/SP6301, SP6320, CH/GR/PT/SP6000)
  7. Working environments and practices in modern Europe and the wider world (CH4000, CH4100, CH5211, FR/GR/SP4101, FR/SP4102, FR/GR/PT/SP5201, GR/SP5207, ML5200, ML5000, SP6303, CH6301, CH6311)

They will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of some of the following:

  1. Key aspects of cinema in Europe and the wider world, with detailed knowledge of a range of representative films from French, German and Spanish-speaking countries (EU6301, FR6313)
  2. Diverse visual texts in historical, cultural and artistic contexts (ML4106, ML6304)

In FR/GR/SP6302 students will have reached C1 on the Common European Framework: "Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

In CH6301, students will learn an additional 600 Chinese words, phrases and relevant grammar points. Students will reach equivalent HSK (Chinese proficiency test) Level 3-4: “can converse in Chinese on a wide range of topics and are able to communicate fluently with native Chinese speakers.”

Key knowledge areas for students including an English Language pathway in their programme will also include: an introduction to the core frameworks of linguistic analysis – phonetics, phonology, morphology and syntax; the description and analysis of a wide range of varieties of spoken and written, literary and non-literary English discourse.

FHEQ Level 4: introduction to description, analysis and theories of language – all core modules

  • EN4301 (core linguistic frameworks)

Specialist knowledge at this level includes: the roots and development of English; child language acquisition; the power of language; the nature of ‘creative’ English; further insight into varieties of English; advanced insight into semantics and pragmatics; a detailed overview of various research methodologies.

FHEQ Level 5: in-depth knowledge of historical English and more discrete domains of English

  • EN5302 (language acquisition)
  • EN5310 (accents and dialects of English)
  • EN5311 (semantics and pragmatics)
  • EN5312 (research methods)
  • EN5314 (history of English – core module)

Specialist knowledge at this level includes: advanced understanding of syntax and phonetics/phonology; exploring the nature of media discourse; understanding and application of corpus linguistic methodologies; the nature of controversies and conflicts in English; cognitive stylistics.

FHEQ Level 6: in-depth knowledge of structures and discourses of English, and debates about nature and usage of English. 

  • EN6301 (debates about English)
  • EN6302 (media discourse)
  • EN6305 (advanced phonetics and phonology)
  • EN6307 (cognitive stylistics)
  • EN6308 (corpus linguistics)
  • EN6311 (advanced syntax)

In the dissertation module (EN6310) students will be capable of applying research methods and analytical knowledge learned in previous years (using either quantitative, qualitative or mixed methodology) to complete a substantial piece of advanced independent research.

By the end of level 4 (Cert. HE) the learner will demonstrate:

  1. Application of grammatical structure and lexis (CH4000, CH4100, CH4101, GR/FR/PT/SP4101, FR/SP4102, GR/SP4103).
  2. Comprehension of a range of complex written and audio/audio-visual texts (all modules).
  3. Recognition and reproduction of register and style in written and spoken language (all modules).
  4. Effective writing in the target language and mother tongue (all modules).
  5. Synthesis and/or reformulation of source material (summary, report, etc.) in target language or English (CH400. CH4100, FR/GR/SP4101).
  6. Skills in translation (CH4000, CH4100, FR/GR/SP4101).
  7. Oral skills in discussion, debate and presentation, in the target language (FR/GR/SP4101).

In FR/GR/SP4101 students will have reached B1 on the Common European Framework for Languages. In FR/SP4102 students will have reached threshold B1. "Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics, which are familiar, or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans."

In CH4000, students will learn about 400 Chinese words, phrases and relevant grammar points. Students will reach equivalent HSK (Chinese proficiency test) Level 1-2: “have an excellent grasp of basic Chinese and can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.”

In GR4103, PT4101 and SP4103 students will have reached a level corresponding to A1 on the Common European Framework for Languages. "Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help."

In CH4101, students will learn an additional 200 Chinese words, phrases and relevant grammar points. Students will reach equivalent HSK (Chinese proficiency test) Level 1: “can understand and use very simple Chinese words and phrases, meet basic needs for communication and possess the ability to further their Chinese language studies”.

By the end of level 5 (Dip. HE) the learner will demonstrate:

  1. Application of grammatical structure and lexis (CH4000, CH4100, CH4101, CH5211, FR/GR/PT/SP4101, FR/SP4102, GR/SP4103, FR/GR/PT/SP5201, FR/SP5202, GR/SP5207ML5200, ML5000)
  2. Comprehension of a range of complex written and audio/audio-visual texts (All modules)
  3. Recognition and reproduction of register and style in written and spoken language (All modules)
  4. Effective writing in the target language and mother tongue (All modules)
  5. Synthesis and/or reformulation of source material (summary, report, etc.) in target language or English (CH4000, CH4100, CH5211, FR/GR/PT/SP5201, FR/SP5202, ML5200, ML5000)
  6. Skills in translation (CH4000, CH4100, CH5211, FR/GR/PT/SP4101, FR/GR/PT/SP5201, CH/GR/SP5207, FR/SP5202)
  7. Oral skills in discussion, debate and presentation, in the target language (FR/GR/SP4101, FR/GR/SP5201, CH/GR/SP5207, FR/SP5202).

In FR/GR/SP5201 and FR/SP5202 students will have reached B2 on the Common European Framework: "Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options."

In CH5111, students will learn an additional 500 Chinese words, phrases and relevant grammar points. Students will reach equivalent HSK (Chinese proficiency test) Level 2-3: “can communicate in Chinese at a basic level in their daily, academic and professional lives. They can manage most communication in Chinese when travelling in China.”

In GR5207, PT5201 and SP5207 students will have reached A2 on the Common European Framework: Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

In CH5207, students will learn an additional 206 Chinese words, phrases and relevant grammar points. Students will reach equivalent HSK (Chinese proficiency test) Level 2: “have an excellent grasp of basic Chinese and can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters”.

By the end of the programme the learner will demonstrate:

  1. Application of grammatical structure and lexis (CH4000, CH4100, CH4101, CH5111, CH6301, CH6311, FR/GR/SP4101, FR/GRSP5201, ML5200, FR/GR/SP6301, FR6313, SP6303, SP6320, CH/GR/PT/SP6000)
  2. Comprehension of a range of complex written and audio/audio-visual texts (All modules)
  3. Recognition and reproduction of register and style in written and spoken language (All modules)
  4. Effective writing in the target language and mother tongue (All modules)
  5. Synthesis and/or reformulation of source material (summary, report, etc.) in target language or English (CH4000, CH4100, CH5211, FR/GR/SP4101, FR/GR/PT/SP5201, FR/SP6302, CH/GR/SP5207, ML5200, FR/GR/SP6302, SP6303, CH/GR/PT/SP6000)
  6. Skills in translation (CH4000, CH4100, CH5211, CH6302, FR/GR/SP4101, FR/GR/PT/SP5201, FR/GR/SP6301, FR/GR/SP6304, SP6303)
  7. Oral skills in discussion, debate and presentation, in the target language (CH4000, CH4100, CH5211, CH6301, FR/GR/SP4101, FR/SP4102, FR/GR/PT/SP5201, CH/GR/SP5207, FR/GR/SP6302, FR/GR/6305, FR6313, SP6303, SP6320 CH/GR/PT/SP6000)

 In FR/GR/SP6302 students will have reached C1 on the Common European Framework: "Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

In CH6301, students will learn an additional 600 Chinese words, phrases and relevant grammar points. Students will reach equivalent HSK (Chinese proficiency test) Level 3-4: “can converse in Chinese on a wide range of topics and are able to communicate fluently with native Chinese speakers.”

 

For students including an English Language pathway in their programme, thinking and cognitive skills are expected to develop across the three years of study, with progression from an emphasis on clear description and understanding, to demonstration of analytical and critical skills by the end of the studies. Students will develop the ability to understand language frameworks and apply them to the analysis of a broad variety of English discourses in context, and learn how to synthesise information and data from various sources.

FHEQ Level 4

  • Transcribe spoken English according to the principles of the International Phonetic Alphabet (EN4301)
  • Draw basic syntax trees to show an understanding of phrase and clause structure (EN4301)

FHEQ Level 5

  • The ability to apply knowledge of the structures of English to the analysis of varieties of discourse in context, including Old and Middle English, contemporary literary and non-literary spoken and written English (EN5302, EN5310, EN5311, EN5314)
  • The ability to understand, synthesise and accurately represent key ideas in a variety of academic writings on English language and linguistics, using the appropriate referencing conventions (EN5310, EN5312, EN5314)
  • Understand and apply the appropriate analytical frameworks to a range of English discourses (EN5302, EN5310, EN5311)
  • Adapt their writing styles for a variety of academic purposes and audiences, citing evidence appropriately (all modules)

FHEQ Level 6

  • Show advanced awareness of data collection and complex analysis techniques (all modules)
  • Consider varying intellectual approaches to language study, and determine the appropriateness of each approach according to requirements (all modules)
  • Show increasing ability to apply a critical stance to the reading and reporting of research and other texts (all modules)
  • Be able to write in a sophisticated academic style appropriate to the nature of the task and the target audience (all modules)
  • Follow and participate in coherent arguments in seminar discussions, presentations and written assignments (all modules)

By the end of level 4 (Cert. HE) the learner will demonstrate:

  1. Competence in effective collaboration with peers (CH4000, CH4100, FR/GR/SP4101, ML4106, ML4111)
  2. Exercise of initiative and personal responsibility (all modules)
  3. Autonomous reflective learning (CH4000, CH4100, FR/GR/SP4101)

By the end of level 5 (Dip. HE) the learner will demonstrate:

  1. Competence in effective collaboration with peers (CH4000, CH4100, CH5111, FR/GR/SP4101, FR/GR/PT/SP5201, FR/SP5202, CH/GR/FR5207, ML4106, ML4111)
  2. Exercise of initiative and personal responsibility (all modules)
  3. Autonomous reflective learning (CH4000, CH4100, FR/GR/SP4101, FR/SP5202, ML5200, EU5000, ML5000, WB5101).
  4. The ability to engage in a variety of transactional situations (relating to accommodation, enrolment at university, banking, etc.) (CH5211, CH5000, SP5202, ML5200, EU5000, ML5000, FR/GR/SP5206).
  5. Self-reliance, adaptability and flexibility (CH5000, ML5200, ML5000, WB5101).

By the end of the programme the learner will demonstrate:

  1. Competence in effective collaboration with peers (CH4000, CH4100, CH5111, CH6301, FR/GR/SP4101, ML4106, ML4111, FR/GR/PT/SP5201, FR/GR/SP5202, CH/GR/SP5207, FR/GR/SP6301, FR/GR/SP6302, EU6301)
  2. Exercise of initiative and personal responsibility (all modules)
  3. Autonomous reflective learning (CH4000, CH4100, FR/GR/SP4101, FR/SP5202, ML5200, EU5000, ML5000, WB5101).
  4. The ability to engage in a variety of transactional situations (relating to accommodation, enrolment at university, banking, etc.) (CH5211, CH5000, FR/GR/SP5201, FR/SP5202, ML5200, EU5000, ML5000, SP6303, CH6311).
  5. Self-reliance, adaptability and flexibility (CH5000, ML5200, ML5000, WB5101).

Students including an English Language pathway in their programme will also have achieved the following outcomes:

  1. Collaboration with others (EN5302)
  2. Employing enhanced oral presentation skills (EN5302, EN5303)
  3. Using sophisticated and independent data collection methods (EN5303, EN5306)
  4. Considering a range of English language data collection methodologies and choose the one appropriate to the task (EN6302, EN6307, EN6308, EN6310, EN6312)
  5. Planning, managing, conducting, and reporting a complex individual project in English language and linguistics (EN6310)
  6. Working in English language dissertation study groups to foster collaborative and collegiate spirit and peer-review of strengths and weaknesses of thesis development at various stages (EN6310)
  7. Knowledge of appropriate audio-visual and computer software packages to conduct qualitative and quantitative research into various aspects of English language and linguistics (e.g. corpus linguistic, acoustic/auditory and news database software) (EN6302, EN6308, EN6310, EN6312)

The skills learnt can be employed in a vast range of professions in which the understanding of and / or significant employment of the English Language is an essential attribute, such as journalism, teaching, public relations, speech therapy, creative writing and research.

By the end of level 4 (Cert. HE) the learner will demonstrate:

  1. Proficiency in language and communication skills in both English and the target language (all modules)
  2. Writing skills, including the selection of appropriate format, style and register, structuring an argument, referencing. (All modules)
  3. Oral skills, including debate, discussion and presentation with use of appropriate visual and other support materials (CH4000, CH4100, FR/GR/SP4101, ML4111, FR/SP4102)

In FR/GR/SP4101 students will have reached B1 on the Common European Framework for Languages. In FR/SP4102 students will have reached threshold B1. "Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics, which are familiar, or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans."

In CH4000, students will learn about 400 Chinese words, phrases and relevant grammar points. Students will reach equivalent HSK (Chinese proficiency test) Level 1-2: “have an excellent grasp of basic Chinese and can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.”

In GR4103, PT4101 and SP4103 students will have reached a level corresponding to A1 on the Common European Framework for Languages. "Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help."

In CH4101, students will learn an additional 200 Chinese words, phrases and relevant grammar points. Students will reach equivalent HSK (Chinese proficiency test) Level 1: “can understand and use very simple Chinese words and phrases, meet basic needs for communication and possess the ability to further their Chinese language studies”.

By the end of level 5 (Dip. HE) the learner will demonstrate:

  1. Proficiency in language and communication skills in both English and the target language (all modules)
  2. Writing skills, including the selection of appropriate format, style and register, structuring an argument, and referencing. (All modules)
  3. Oral skills, including debate, discussion and presentation with use of appropriate visual and other support materials (CH4000, CH4100, CH5111, FR/GR/SP4101, ML4111, FR/SP4102, ML5200, FR/GR/PT/SP5201, FR/SP5202, CH/GR/SP5207)

In FR/GR/SP5201, and FR/FR/SP5202 students will have reached B2 on the Common European Framework: "Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options."

In CH5111, students will learn an additional 500 Chinese words, phrases and relevant grammar points. Students will reach equivalent HSK (Chinese proficiency test) Level 2-3: “can communicate in Chinese at a basic level in their daily, academic and professional lives. They can manage most communication in Chinese when travelling in China.”

In GR5207, PT5201 and SP5207 students will have reached A2 on the Common European Framework: Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

In CH5207, students will learn an additional 206 Chinese words, phrases and relevant grammar points. Students will reach equivalent HSK (Chinese proficiency test) Level 2: “have an excellent grasp of basic Chinese and can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters”.

By the end of the programme the learner will demonstrate:

  1. Proficiency in language and communication skills in both English and the target languages (all modules)
  2. Writing skills, including the selection of appropriate format, style and register, structuring an argument, referencing (All modules)
  3. Oral skills, including debate, discussion and presentation with use of appropriate visual and other support materials (CH4000, CH4100, CH5111, CH6301, CH6303, CH6311, FR/GR/SP4101, ML5200, FR/GR/PT/SP5201, CH/GR/SP5207, EU6301, SP6301, SP6303, SP6320)

In FR/GR/SP6302 students will have reached C1 on the Common European Framework: "Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

In CH6301, students will learn an additional 600 Chinese words, phrases and relevant grammar points. Students will reach equivalent HSK (Chinese proficiency test) Level 3-4: “can converse in Chinese on a wide range of topics and are able to communicate fluently with native Chinese speakers.”

Students including an English Language pathway in their programme are given the opportunity to develop their oral and written communication skills by presenting their work in a variety of assessed and non-assessed environments. These might include: standard discursive essays; analysis of spoken and written examples of English; phonetic transcription; syntax trees; oral seminar presentations supplemented by handouts and slides; written texts aimed at a non-academic audience (e.g. blogs).

FHEQ Level 4

  • Describe, discuss and analyse examples and theories of English language using clear, standard written academic English (all modules)
  • Use IT skills to communicate by email, find and lodge information on the internet, search electronic databases and store the results of such searches, to produce electronic documents (all modules)

FHEQ Level 5

  • Adequately summarise the writings of others, using relevant direct and indirect quotations, and the appropriate referencing system (all modules)
  • Continue to develop an awareness of the various types of academic summative assessments in the study of English language and linguistics and adopt the appropriate register and style for the task accordingly (all modules)

FHEQ Level 6

  • Present an oral and/or written discussion based on information collected from various sources and synthesised into a coherent whole, by means of graphs, tree diagrams, tables, and other kinds of diagrams with appropriate acknowledgments and lists of sources (EN6302, EN6305, EN6307, EN6308, EN6310, EN6311)
  • The ability to critically evaluate and comment on the oral and written skills of peers (EN6301, EN6302, EN6307)

Plan, design and execute an extended piece of original written research, under supervision, either as a member of a group or independently, and present this in a sophisticated writing style which conforms to academic writing conventions (EN6310)

Students take three languages out of the five offered. This choice will determine what is available at each level of study. At most levels of the programme, students take a combination of core and option modules. At Level 4, students take 40 credits for each of two core languages: 2 x 40 credits from, FR4101 French in Context, FR4102 French in Context (Beginners), GR4101 German in Context, SP4101 Spanish in Context, EN4301 Structures of English, CH4000 Mandarin Chinese Beginners, CH4100 Additional Development of Mandarin Chinese or SP4102 Spanish in Context (Beginners) as appropriate to their pathway. In addition, students must take one core 20 credit module from four subsidiary languages from beginner level: CH4101 Introduction to Chinese, GR4103 Introduction to German, PT4101 Introduction to Portuguese, SP4103 Introduction to Spanish. The core modules enable students to consolidate and further develop the ability to understand and communicate in the target languages, written and spoken and to analyse texts. The context for the study of languages is society and culture, which will further students' knowledge of a range of significant aspects of life in modern Europe, contemporary China and in the wider world.  One option module must then be taken from the following: ML4106 Introduction to Visual Cultures, or ML4111 Cultural History and Film.

At Level 5, all students take 100 credits over the first 20 weeks. Level 5 modules build on the knowledge and abilities acquired at Level 4. 2 x 40 credit core modules must be chosen from two languages according to your languages pathway: FR5201 Contemporary France, GR5201 Contemporary Germany, SP5201 Contemporary Spain, CH5111 Mandarin Chinese Intermediate, or SP5202 Contemporary Spain (Beginners). Students of English take EN5314 Roots and Development of English together with one option module (EN5302 Language Acquisition, EN5310 Accents and Dialects of English, EN5311 Semantics and Pragmatics, EN5312 Research Methods in English Language and Linguistics). One 20 credit module continues study of the subsidiary language: PT5201 Further Portuguese or CH/GR/SP5207 Further Chinese/German/Spanish.

The final weeks of Level 5 are devoted to work-based or experiential learning. Students may choose from: ML5200 Modern Languages Study or Work Placement, CH5200 China Short Study or Work Placement, ML5202 International Employability Project or ML5210 Introduction to TESOL/TEFL as appropriate to their pathway. The first two of these modules provide an initial opportunity for a placement in one target language country, either as a student at one of our partner universities or in the workplace. The placements will normally last between 8 and 12 weeks. Students who request Erasmus grants for study placements within the EU will need to be at the partner university for 12 weeks in order to qualify for funding. Students of all disciplines may choose instead to take module WB5101 Enhancing your Employability through Work Based Learning (in the UK).

On completion of Level 5, students undertake a one-year placement (ML5000 Split Year Abroad Placement) in two countries. They may spend the year studying at a partner university in China or within the Erasmus exchange programme or as language assistants in a school (arranged by the British Council). Alternatively they may undertake a suitable work placement, subject to approval by the Programme leader. Through the ISEP exchange programme our students can also study in Latin American universities in the following Spanish-speaking countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Uruguay. Each student will be advised of all possibilities in order to give a variety of experience and ensure maximum exposure to the culture and language of two countries. In the course of Level 5, prior to the placements abroad, students are given a timetabled programme of guidance and advice in the form of meetings, tutorials and documentation. A student handbook, up-dated each year, dealing with administrative procedures and giving practical advice, is issued, and tutorial visits from departmental staff take place at an appropriate point in the year. In order to successfully complete the 120 credits year abroad, all students must submit assignments of a pass standard. Students at a partner university are also required to follow a suitable programme of modules and to provide proof of their attendance by means of a signed certificate in addition to 10 ECTS credits per semester or in the case of China, equivalent credits. Students on assistantships or other work placements are required to carry out their duties appropriately in accordance with their contract or learning agreement. Reports on English language assistants are produced by the school in which they work and sent to the British Council in London. The home institutions subsequently receive a copy of the report, and also receive their own employer evaluation. Employers' reports will be submitted for students on work placements other than assistantships. Students for whom a year would be problematic owing to family commitments or for health reasons might be exempted, and be granted APEL, on condition that alternative arrangements, such as a period of residence and language courses during the summer holidays, can be arranged. Any requests for exemption will be examined individually, taking into account the student's academic needs as well as personal circumstances. Any students who are exempted will be required to produce two projects of the type undertaken by students on placements abroad (see module descriptor ML5000) to be submitted at the start of their level 6 studies.

Students who do not undertake the one-year placement abroad and who are not exempted and given accreditation for prior experiential learning will not be awarded the 120 credits for the placement year. That also applies to students who do not successfully complete the year abroad. Students who do not obtain the 120 placement year credits will qualify for the award of BA Modern Languages Studies.

At Level 6, students take three 20 credit core modules with a choice of core modules in pathways including French, German and Spanish. Students may choose either FR/GR/ SP6301 Translation Techniques and Application or FR/GR/SP6302 as their core module. Students whose pathway includes Chinese take CH6301 Advanced Chinese Studies as their core module. They then choose three modules from the list of 20 credit option modules (see section 24b Module Structure). Or subject to approval by the Programme Leader, students of English may choose the 40 credit dissertation module EN6310. Students must, however, engage in at least one independent research module, but may not have more than 60 credits of independent study. The prerequisite for FR/GR/SP6304 Extended Translation is the module FR/GR/SP6301 Translation Techniques and Application and the prerequisite for FR/GR/SP6305 is GR/FR/SP6302. This structure ensures that all students continue to work equally on all three languages and on a range of advanced language skills, whilst giving them the opportunity to choose options that enable them to focus on areas of particular interest. The structure of the programme ensures consistency and coherence and promotes clearly measurable progression through the levels. Students have opportunities to examine a range of study areas, underpinned throughout by core language modules. The structure and content require students to take responsibility for their own learning and to engage progressively and increasingly in autonomous study. This is particularly apparent in the level 5 study placement, the split year-long placement abroad and in the level 6 autonomous, directed study modules.

Mod-Code Level Title Credit Single
CH4000 4 Mandarin Chinese Beginners 40 Comp
CH4100 4 Additional Development of Mandarin Chinese 40 Optional
CH4101 4 Introduction to Chinese 20 Comp
CH4112 4 Chinese Culture and History 20 N/A
EN4301 4 Structures of English 40 Comp
EU4102 4 Introduction to European Studies 20 N/A
EU4103 4 Introduction to Translated Literature 20 N/A
FR4101 4 French in Context 40 Comp
FR4102 4 French in Context (Beginners) 40 Comp
FR4103 4 Introduction to French 20 N/A
GR4101 4 German in Context 40 Comp
GR4102 4 German in Context (Beginners) 40 N/A
GR4103 4 Introduction to German 20 Comp
ML4106 4 Introduction to Visual Cultures 20 Optional
ML4111 4 Cultural History and Film 20 Optional
PT4101 4 Introduction to Portuguese 20 Comp
SP4101 4 Spanish in Context 40 Comp
SP4102 4 Spanish in Context (Beginners) 40 Comp
SP4103 4 Introduction to Spanish 20 Comp
CH5102 5 Chinese Culture and Society 20 N/A
CH5111 5 Mandarin Chinese Intermediate 40 Comp
CH5200 5 China Short Study or Work Placement 20 Optional
CH5207 5 Further Chinese 20 Comp
EN5302 5 Language Acquisition 20 Optional
EN5303 5 Creativity in English 20 N/A
EN5306 5 The Power of Language 20 N/A
EN5310 5 Accents and Dialects of English 20 Optional
EN5311 5 Semantics and Pragmatics 20 Optional
EN5312 5 Research Methods in English Language and Linguistics 20 Optional
EN5314 5 Roots and Development of English 20 Comp
EU5202 5 European Politics and Culture 20 N/A
EU5203 5 Further Literature in Translation 20 N/A
FR5201 5 Contemporary France 40 Comp
FR5202 5 Contemporary France (Post-Beginners) 40 N/A
FR5207 5 Further French 20 N/A
GR5201 5 Contemporary Germany 40 Comp
GR5202 5 Contemporary Germany (Post Beginners) 40 N/A
GR5207 5 Further German 20 Comp
ML5000 5 Split Year Abroad Placement 120 Comp
ML5200 5 Modern Languages Study or Work Placement 20 Optional
ML5202 5 International Employability Project 20 Optional
ML5207 5 Visualising Global Cultures 20 N/A
ML5210 5 Introduction to TESOL/TEFL 20 Optional
ML5211 5 Film and Society 20 N/A
PT5201 5 Further Portuguese 20 Comp
SP5201 5 Contemporary Spain 40 Comp
SP5202 5 Contemporary Spain (Beginners) 40 Comp
SP5207 5 Further Spanish 20 Comp
WB5101 5 Enhancing your Employability through Work Based Learning 20 Optional
CH6301 6 Advanced Chinese Studies 20 Comp
CH6303 6 Translation Techniques and Application (Chinese) 20 Optional
CH6304 6 Extended Translation from Chinese 20 Optional
CH6305 6 Chinese Special Study 20 Optional
CH6311 6 Chinese for Business (3) 20 N/A
EN6301 6 Language Debates 20 Optional
EN6302 6 English and Media Discourse 20 Optional
EN6305 6 Topics in Sociophonetics 20 Optional
EN6307 6 Cognitive Stylistics 20 Optional
EN6308 6 Corpus Linguistics 20 Optional
EN6310 6 Dissertation 40 Optional
EN6311 6 Topics in Syntax 20 Optional
EN6312 6 English Phonetics and Phonology 20 N/A
EU6301 6 Fiction as Film in Europe 20 Optional
EU6302 6 European Project 20 Optional
EU6303 6 U.S.-Hispano-American Relations, 1898–present 20 N/A
FR6301 6 Translation Techniques and Application (French) 20 Optional
FR6302 6 Advanced French and Francophone Studies 20 Optional
FR6303 6 Business French 20 N/A
FR6304 6 Extended Translation from French 20 Optional
FR6305 6 French Special Study 20 Optional
FR6308 6 French Current Affairs and Media 20 N/A
FR6312 6 France in Contemporary Francophone Literature 20 N/A
FR6313 6 France and Belgium in Contemporary Cinema 20 Optional
GR6301 6 Translation Techniques and Application (German) 20 Optional
GR6302 6 German Language and Society 20 Optional
GR6304 6 Extended Translation from German 20 Optional
GR6305 6 German Special Study 20 Optional
GR6308 6 German Current Affairs and Media 20 N/A
GR6309 6 Germany in Contemporary German Literature 20 N/A
GR6310 6 Germany in the Cinema 20 N/A
ML6304 6 Visual Cultures Research Project 20 Optional
SP6301 6 Translation Techniques and Application (Spanish) 20 Optional
SP6302 6 Advanced Spanish and Hispanic Studies 20 Optional
SP6303 6 Business Spanish 20 Optional
SP6304 6 Extended Translation from Spanish 20 Optional
SP6305 6 Spanish Special Study 20 Optional
SP6308 6 Spanish Current Affairs and Media 20 N/A
SP6309 6 Spain in Contemporary Spanish Literature 20 N/A
SP6313 6 Spanish Cinema 20 N/A
SP6320 6 Revolutionary Latin America 20 Optional

  • LEVEL 4 – The acquisition of 120 credits at level 4 will qualify the students for the award of Certificate of Higher Education.
  • LEVEL 5 – The acquisition of 240 credits, of which at least 120 are at level 5, will qualify the student for the award of Diploma of Higher Education.
  • YEAR ABROAD PLACEMENTS – Students successfully completing the one-year placement abroad (or who are granted APEL on the basis of equivalent experience) will be awarded 120 credits.
  • LEVEL 6 – The acquisition of 120 credits at level 6, giving a TOTAL of 480 CREDITS, will qualify the student for the award of BA (Hons) Modern Languages. Students who do not undertake the year abroad, and who are not granted APEL on the basis of equivalent experience, will, on completion of level 6, achieve a total of 360 credits for the programme and will qualify for the award BA (Hons) Modern Languages Studies.

The normal requirement for admission to the programme is currently:

  • 112 UCAS points from GCE A Levels or equivalent.
  • GCE A Level: Typical offer BCC/BBC
  • BTEC: DMM
  • Access to HE Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate: 26 points

The programme embraces the defining principles expressed in the Languages and Related Studies and Linguistics benchmarking statements, up-dated 2015. There is no Benchmark Statement for English Language, which is broadly subsumed under the Honours Benchmark Statement for Linguistics. Those 'benchmarks' or characteristics of the graduate in Languages and Related Studies are reflected in the learning outcomes (see section 26 below), demonstrated through a range of assessment tasks (see section 28 below) and are mapped across the programme as a whole, enabling the programme team to match the standards set by the benchmark:

  1. All graduates of the Modern Languages programme will have acquired and developed explicit knowledge of and skills in their chosen languages through the different levels of the programme. They will have practical competence in the main skills of reception and production, and some skills in mediation between English and the target languages. Those skills and knowledge will have been acquired, in particular, through the core language modules.
  2. All students will have acquired knowledge of the culture, communities and societies where their chosen languages are used and demonstrate intercultural awareness and understanding. Those skills and that knowledge will typically have been acquired through the core and option modules and during residence abroad.
  3. Graduates of the programme will, in addition to the knowledge and skills closely related to the study of their chosen languages, also have acquired the generic skills (cognitive, practical and interpersonal) described in the next section of this document. Those skills and knowledge will have been acquired through the core and option modules.
  4. Students will have developed their skills through an integrated process of learning, involving a range of classroom activities (largely in the target languages), appropriate specialist coursework, and independent study and learning. Those skills and knowledge will have been acquired through the core modules and in particular in residence abroad and independent study modules at level 6.
  5. Thanks to a period of residence abroad, students of the Modern Languages programme will have benefited from opportunities to develop their linguistic competence in an authentic context and to consolidate their cultural knowledge and understanding. Those skills and knowledge will have been acquired through modules ML5000, ML5200, CH5200.
  6. They will have made substantial use of appropriate educational technology, multi-media and computing facilities, and will have benefited from access to electronic as well as conventional printed texts. Those skills and knowledge will have been acquired through core and option modules and in the course of residence abroad.
  7. The acquisition of competence in the target languages will have enhanced the students' ability to engage in types of textual analysis that will have enabled them to acquire knowledge and understanding of cultural, political, economic or business areas relevant to the societies they study. Those skills and knowledge will have been acquired through core and option modules.
  8. At the higher levels of the programme, students will be expected to demonstrate powers of reflection, interpretation and conception. These higher analytical skills will be necessary to achieve upper second or first class honours. Those skills and knowledge will have been acquired through, among others, all level 6 Modules, in particular independent study modules.
  9. A range of appropriate assessment methods will have been used to measure the students' knowledge and competence in the languages and related areas.
  10. The graduate of the Modern Languages programme will thus have been involved in a range of challenging linguistic and intellectual activity, will have developed a high level of learner autonomy, and acquired a range of useful transferable skills.
  11. In addition, students including an English Language pathway in their programme will be expected to have an appreciation of the basic concepts, modes of analysis and theoretical approaches in more than one of the areas of study which are traditionally distinguished within structural approaches to linguistics and which are terms 'levels of analysis': phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics and discourse. In addition, they will be expected to have an appreciable control of theory and practice in a range of other areas of study which bring to bear perspectives on language which have developed out of concerns for the role of language in society, its nature as a cognitive domain, the way it is acquired, the it changes and the way it forms part of a gamut of communicative modalities' subject-specific knowledge and skills outlined in the Benchmark Statement (Section 4.1) include 'the nature of a theory[...] the basic techniques for collecting data [...] practicalities of organising and carrying out fieldwork [...] ethical issues [...] technical issues [...] [and] pathway covers some or all of these skill areas.

 

Students experience a variety of methods of teaching and learning which are related to the acquisition of knowledge and understanding and to the development of language skills and key skills as described above. The language classes are primarily in workshop mode, emphasising group and pair work, which promotes student-centred learning and a high level of in-class participation. Sessions cover a range of activities which permit work on many aspects of language learning. Each student is encouraged to be a full participant in the learning process, with the tutor, much of the time, serving as facilitator. In order to maintain interest and stimulate learning, the activities and materials employed are varied. Given the considerable availability of online materials (audio/ visual), extensive use is made of these sources and students’ Digital Capabilities are developed. Learning and Information Services (LIS) also have an important input in the area of skills development, particularly IT related, across the University. The Moodle VLE is used in all modules and it forms a particularly important resource for supporting student learning through uploaded documents and presentations, links to online sources and scanned book chapters and articles. In core modules CH4000, CH4100, CH/FR/GR/PT/SP4101, FR/GR4102, GR/SP4103, FR/GR/PT/SP5201, CH/GR/SP5207, FR/GR5202, CH/GR/PT. SP6000, FR/GR/SP6302, in particular, extensive listening resources are also made available. The Department uses online tests for grammar, reading comprehension and listening comprehension skills in CH/FR/GR/PT4101/SP4101, and students complete translation tests in FR/GRSP6301 and listening tests in FR/GR/SP6302 using computers in the language laboratories. In addition, discussion boards are integrated into the assessment of PT4102 and ML5000. The Department has three computer-based language laboratories and two study/conversation rooms and a resource room with materials and resources which support independent as well as class-based learning and enable the Modern Languages teams to incorporate greater use of the above activities in the classes and in students' independent learning time. An important element of the programme at levels 4 and 5 is the integration of the student's e-portfolio in the learning process. This fosters independent learning and self-direction and feeds directly into the assessment process (see section 28).The option modules are delivered via a combination of lectures, workshops, and student-led seminars and are accompanied by screenings where appropriate. Guidance and support for seminar presentations, essays, and other items of assessed coursework is provided in the form of individual or group tutorials. Tutorials are the teaching mode for dissertations, special study and translation projects. Seminar presentations, for language and non-language modules are usually in pairs or small groups, offering students the benefits of engaging in collaborative work. Students learn a great deal from each other, in particular in collaborative projects such as seminar preparation and presentation. In developing their abilities to interact, communicate, and to present information, they will acquire crucial skills for employment or for further study.

The assessment strategy for this programme is to ensure that students engage in a variety of assessment tasks at each level in order to demonstrate their achievement of the full range of learning outcomes, and to provide opportunities for formative assessment and feedback. In terms of core language modules, the linguistic challenge of similar types of task (a translation, presentation or written essay, for example) increases as the student progresses through the levels. Assessments also match increasing levels of learner autonomy and students' ability to reflect on their learning. A wide range of forms are used: oral presentations and discussions, translations, written reports, summaries and discursive essays, listening tests, close analysis of texts, fieldwork, individual oral exams, written exams, class tests, independent supervised essays and translations and, in some cases, dissertation. This range of assessments permits a thorough evaluation of student attainment and comprehensive feedback at the different levels of the programme. Throughout the process, both proficiency in understanding and communicating in target language, where appropriate, and subject content (for example, of cultural, social, political or linguistic issues) are evaluated. In the Area Studies option modules, the assessment regime enables students to focus on 50% of their assessment on a particular culture or society. At all levels, the submission of assignments is spread across the academic year. Formative assessment and feedback are part of an on-going process throughout the programme. The Modern Languages and English Departments have developed a range of task-specific assignment submission forms, used across all four languages, the purpose of which is to ensure transparency and consistency of marking and to make students more aware of how their assignments are evaluated. The assignment submission forms cover each type of assessment task, including those of the placements abroad. Each assignment submission form has a corresponding cover sheet on which students are required to provide a self-evaluation of their work or performance. They also serve as feedback sheets with additional comments provided by the tutor which inform students’ reflection on progress and targets documented in feed-forward forms. The assessment process thus assesses progressively throughout the programme the whole range of skills and knowledge the students can be expected to acquire. It covers their comprehension of written and recorded sources. The process also assesses skills in presentation and structure, and in translation and summary. The ability to engage in personal research and present the findings in writing and orally is assessed, in particular, through projects undertaken in the course of residence abroad and in the independent study modules at level 6. Much of the oral assessment takes place in the language workshops in the form of presentations and debate. Assessment of the short placements abroad, towards the end of level 5, is based on the submission of a report proposal, a report and appendices in TL and a reflective evaluation in the target language presented orally which will demonstrate the students' knowledge and understanding of a particular topic or working environment as well their inter-cultural awareness and the ability to reflect on their experience. Depending on whether students undertake a single year placement or split year placement (in the case of some students of more than one language), the assessment includes one or two research projects on a subject or subjects  national, regional or local interest. They must also submit a personal development portfolio (PDP) which consists of an initial statement of aims, a reflective learning log, in the target language, of their experience abroad, and a summary of the overall experience. The PDP is submitted online, in regular instalments, via their progress file. Students at partner universities must also follow a suitable programme of modules and gain 20 ECTS or equivalent. Those working as assistants or in other occupations must successfully complete their placement in accordance with their work contract or learning agreement.

The section on benchmarking (section 27) clearly describes the attributes that languages and English Language graduates will have acquired. The commentary below reflects and expands upon that section.

  1. Students successfully completing the programme will have acquired a range of high-level skills in at least two major languages in the world. These will typically include: the ability to understand items of complex written or spoken language and effectively convey the information or important elements of the information therein, orally or in writing; the ability to translate complex texts in an appropriate style and register with a high degree of accuracy; the ability to present topics in a clear, coherent and structured manner and respond effectively to questions in the target language; the ability to successfully discuss or debate, in the target language, subjects of a topical or controversial nature; the ability to plan and produce, in the target languages, written argument of high quality in terms of accuracy, fluency, structure, coherence and content on a range of academically demanding subjects.
  2. In addition to these specific language-related skills, students will have demonstrated competence in undertaking independent research, using a range of skills to collect, interpret, synthesise and effectively present information and comment in written form or orally (in the target language or English) on relevant subjects from the area of cultures and societies studied.
  3. They will have acquired detailed knowledge and understanding of the relevant cultures and polities - and, in some cases, business contexts. They will be able to show a critical awareness of some of the important historical and cultural factors that have shaped the societies studied and be able to demonstrate a degree of informed critical judgement. Thanks to their periods of residence abroad they will have acquired inter-cultural awareness and capability.
  4. They will have acquired an ability to read texts closely and carefully and to make connections and comparisons across the range of their reading. They will possess knowledge that will enhance their ability to interpret different ideas and values represented in different types of texts. They will be able to appreciate the importance of scholarly standards of presentation and of writing accurately, clearly and effectively.
  5. Graduates of the programme will have acquired skills relevant to a range of professional contexts, including, of course, those for which high level language skills are a requirement, and will be more likely to find employment outside the UK.

In addition, students including an English Language pathway in their programme will also have gained additional skills needed in the interpretation, analysis and evaluation of different types of textual ( and other) material

The University of Chester values the diversity of its student body and aims to promote equality of opportunity in all its activities. All suitably qualified students are welcome on this programme, irrespective of the protected characteristics of age; disability; gender reassignment; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; race; religion or belief; sex. Every effort will be made to accommodate students with specific learning or physical needs and to ensure that all students benefit equally. Each case will be examined individually and the University learning support plans will provide guidance and support as appropriate in, for example, support provision in lectures, examination and research, specialist equipment and funding applications. On campus the programme is mainly delivered in the Binks Building which is fully accessible.International students, from continental Europe and beyond, who meet the admissions requirements are welcome and will enrich both the programme and the learning community at the University. Specific support and guidance for international students is provided in particular through the International Student Welfare Officer.

 

One of the distinguishing features of the Modern Languages programme is that it offers the possibility of two different placements abroad. All students undertake a whole year placement between levels 5 and 6 and may undertake another, shorter one in the final part of level 5. This provides an excellent opportunity for an extended period of contact with foreign languages and culture. Grants are currently available for Erasmus study and work placements in Europe, and students on such placements pay reduced fees to their home or partner university.

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