LA051-5-FY-CO:
Language Expert 3

The details
2019/20
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 5
Current
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
30
04 April 2019

 

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

 

LA069

Key module for

BA RR19 French Studies and Modern Languages,
BA RR20 French Studies and Modern Languages (5 Years Including Foundation Year),
BA RR90 German Studies and Modern Languages (5 Years Including Foundation Year),
BA RR9F German Studies and Modern Languages,
BA RR38 Italian Studies and Modern Languages,
BA RR40 Italian Studies and Modern Languages (5 Years Including Foundation Year),
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 RR50 Spanish Studies and Modern Languages (5 Years Including Foundation Year),
BA R4T7 Spanish Studies with Latin American Studies,
BA RT97 Spanish, Portuguese and Brazilian Studies,
BA RT99 Spanish, Portuguese and Brazilian Studies (5 Years Including Foundation Year),
MLANR990 Modern Languages (Translation)

Module description

Building on the knowledge and skills gained in Language Expert 1/2 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.

On successful completion of this module they 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 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 or 2 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 presentations; tutor feedback. Media may include: audio and video recordings; texts from a variety of genres: academic, journalism, essays, literature; films; songs.

Bibliography

  • Roselyne Roesch; Rosalba Rolle-Harold. (2016) La France au quotidien: [B1-B2], 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 Weighting
Coursework Reading comprehension and critical analysis of an academic text in the target language 20%
Coursework Questions (in English) on the content of weeks 2-19 30%
Coursework Small project proposal on one of the topics covered 20/03/2020 20%
Practical Oral presentation of small research project in the target language 30%

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Teresa Torres (Spanish), Dounia Bissar (French), Emma Hopper (German), Ignazia Posadinu (Italian), Beatriz De Paiva (Portuguese)
Ms Dounia Bissar Tel : 01206 872213 Email: dbissar@essex.ac.uk Office: 4.215 Teresa Torres Tel : 01206 872110 Email: torrmi@essex.ac.uk Office: 4.213 Emma Hopper Tel : 01206 872191 Email: eehopp@essex.ac.uk Office: 4.303 Ignazia Posadinu Tel : 01206 872239 Email: iposad@essex.ac.uk Office: 4.320a Beatriz De Paiva Tel : 01206 872236 Email: bdepaiva@essex.ac.uk Office: 4.211

 

Availability
No
No
No

External examiner

Mr David Henri Pascal Tual
The University of Cambridge
Director of the Language Unit
Prof Sonia Cunico
Director of Language Teaching
Prof Paul Bishop
Dr Maria Da Conceicao Pereira
Newcastle University
Lecturer
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 144 hours, 122 (84.7%) hours available to students:
22 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).

 

Further information
Language and Linguistics

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