LA051-5-FY-CO:
Language Expert 2

The details
2023/24
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 5
Current
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 28 June 2024
30
10 October 2023

 

Requisites for this module
(none)
(none)
(none)
(none)

 

LA069

Key module for

BA Q140 Language Studies,
BA Q143 Language Studies (4 Years Including Foundation Year),
BA R900 Modern Languages,
BA R999 Modern Languages (5 Years Including Foundation Year),
BA R8T7 Modern Languages with Latin American Studies,
BA R8T9 Modern Languages with Latin American Studies (5 Years Including Foundation Year),
BA RR49 Spanish Studies and Modern Languages,
BA RT97 Spanish, Portuguese and Brazilian Studies,
BA RT99 Spanish, Portuguese and Brazilian Studies (5 Years Including Foundation Year),
MLANR990 Modern Languages (Translation),
BA R106 Language Studies with Latin American Studies,
BA R107 Language Studies with Latin American Studies (Including Foundation Year)

Module description

Building on the knowledge and skills gained in Language Expert 1 and other Language modules, this module will help students consolidate and develop further their language competence, cultural knowledge and intercultural awareness, as well as research skills in preparation for the Year Abroad and the final year Capstone Project.

Module aims

With this module, students can expect to develop their:
• ability to understand the structure and function of language and its use in a variety of contexts;
• intercultural awareness;
• critical and analytical skills;
• linguistic proficiency and communication skills in the target language;
• research skills.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
1. identify and appreciate varieties of register and style in different cultural contexts;
2. make language choices appropriate to particular contexts with more confidence;
3. demonstrate higher awareness of the cultures of their target language and the role they play in the interpretation of meaning;
4. compare and contrast different ways of viewing the world and of communicating and expressing oneself;
5. identify relevant and reliable sources of information and critically evaluate them;
6. present their findings both orally and in writing with rigorous referencing to their sources.

Module information

Materials placed on Moodle are essential to the module and should be treated like a textbook. They must be downloaded, printed and brought to classes. Materials will be added to Moodle when needed, and you are expected to check updates regularly.

Learning and teaching methods

A combination of lectures, seminars and independent study: 1 hour joint (all languages) lecture delivered in English, followed by a 1 hour seminar in the target language. The focus will be on finding relevant and reliable sources of information, assessing and exploiting them. Activities will include discussion groups (across languages in the joint lecture for comparing and contrasting) and individual presentations. Joint lectures in English: Autumn term: relationship between language and culture; varieties of language (between and within users); representation of self and others; research skills. Spring term: perception of own and other cultures, stereotyping; adapting to other cultures: how and how far; pragmatic and socio-cultural competence; oral vs. written presentation skills. Summer term: no lectures. Language specific seminars: Autumn term: local people and cultures; styles and registers; dialects and regional languages; local identities and cultures. Spring term: local schools and universities; religion and cultural beliefs; local industries; literature, cinema and music. Summer term: student oral presentation of small research project; tutor and student feedback. Media may include: audio and video recordings; texts from a variety of genres: academic, journalism, essays, literature; films; songs.

Bibliography

  • Roselyne Roesch and Rosalba Rolle-Harold (2016) La France au quotidien: [B1-B2]. 4e édition. Grenoble: Presses universitaires de Grenoble.
The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course.
The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students.
Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Reading comprehension task    20% 
Coursework   Questions (in English)     20% 
Coursework   Essay writing  21/03/2024  40% 
Practical   Oral presentation    20% 

Additional coursework information

Materials placed on Moodle are essential to the module and should be treated like a textbook. They must be downloaded, printed and brought to classes. Materials will be added to Moodle when needed, and you are expected to check updates regularly.

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Ms Dounia Bissar, email: dbissar@essex.ac.uk.
Dounia Bissar, Chiara Fiori, Matilde Trucco, Emma Hopper, Felicia Stuhldreher, Natalia Rodriguez Vicente, Teresa Torres

 

Availability
No
No
No

External examiner

Ms Laurence Richard
University of Southampton
Director Centre for Language Study
Mrs Enza Siciliano Verruccio
University of Reading
Associate Professor
Mrs Laura Hedwig Anneliese Lewis
Durham University
Assistant Professor
Prof Maria Teresa Conde
University of Cambridge
University Professor
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 90 hours, 84 (93.3%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
6 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.

 

Further information
Language and Linguistics

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