Linguistics Work Placement Year

The details
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 28 June 2024
15 March 2024


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA QX51 Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) (Including Placement Year),
BA QQ15 English Language and Linguistics (Including Placement Year),
MLINQA15 English Language and Lingistics (Including Placement Year),
BA QQ35 English Language and Literature (Including Placement Year),
BA Q103 Linguistics (Including Placement Year),
BA QP12 English Language with Media Communication (Including Placement Year),
BA Q122 Linguistics with Data Science (Including Placement Year)

Module description

This is a full year module available only to students in the Department of Language & Linguistics undertaking a four-year course.

The module enables students to undertake a placement with an external Placement Provider.

The work placement will enable you to hone your professional and transferable skills as part of your continuing academic studies. You will develop the skills sought by graduate employers and apply your academic knowledge in a practical working environment.

Module aims

1. To provide the student with the opportunity to apply their academic learning outcomes in a work-related context.
2. To enable students to develop employability skills in a work-related environment.
3. To enable students to apply their linguistics skills in a work environment.

Module learning outcomes

Successful completion of the module will allow students to meet the following outcomes:
A Knowledge and understanding
1. An understanding of work processes and work ethics.
B Intellectual/cognitive skills
1. The ability to adapt their linguistic skills to a work environment.
2. To develop their critical thinking and analytical skills.
C Practical skills
1. The ability to communicate effectively in a wide range of professional settings.
D Key skills
1. The capacity to evaluate and reflect on different modes of delivery.
2. The development of problem solving skills in a work environment situation.
3. The capacity to produce written work of a high standard.
4. The capacity to work in a team within a work environment.
To enable students to develop essential work-based skills throughout the placement.

Module information

The syllabus will be determined on an individual basis for each student. Students will choose modules appropriate to their course. The Placement will be subject to approval by both the Placements Team and the Department. The Department and the Placement Provider will agree the focus of the placement via the Learning Agreement to ensure the learning outcomes are met.

The Department and Placement Provider will agree the focus of the placement via the Tripartite Work Placement Agreement or Erasmus plus Agreement (as appropriate), and this will ensure that the student is able to meet the module learning outcomes set out in the previous section of this form.

Learning and teaching methods

Learning and teaching methods will be dependent on the placement and will be recorded for an individual student on the training agreement signed by the Placement Provider, the student, and the University. Each student will be assigned to an Academic Supervisor in their Department, and a Placement Supervisor named by the Placement Provider. Students will liaise with their Academic Supervisor and their Placement Supervisor on a regular basis throughout the period of their placement, and as necessary after the placement has ended in order to allow the student to complete the assessed work for the module. Students will additionally be provided with the contact details of administrative staff in the Department who will be contactable throughout the placement; and with the details of the Social Sciences Faculty Placements Team who will be available to students throughout their placement to provide advice and support in relation to generic work-based learning issues.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Work placement search report    20% 
Coursework   Work Log    30% 
Coursework   Reflective Essay    50% 

Additional coursework information

Your placement year is assessed on a pass or fail basis. To pass you must have achieved an overall mark of 40 or above as an average from all assignments

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%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Ms Antonia Wu, email: a.wu@essex.ac.uk.
Various (academics in the respective linguistics sections)
Ms Antonia Wu, email a.wu@essex.ac.uk


Travel costs for UK - based unpaid, approved work placements and live projects which are an integral part of a module may be covered by your department. (NB this will usually exclude field trips and site visits). Please check with your module supervisor to ensure that the activity is eligible.

External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information
Language and Linguistics

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