Modern Languages with Film Production

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Course overview
(BA) Bachelor of Arts
Modern Languages with Film Production
Inactive
University of Essex
University of Essex
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Honours Degree
Full-time
Languages, Cultures and Societies
BA R800
26/03/2019

Professional accreditation

None

Admission criteria

A-levels: BBB
If Portuguese is taken as the major language, A Level pass (or equivalent) in Italian, Spanish or Portuguese or first language level fluency in Italian, Romanian or Spanish is required.

IB: 30 points. We are also happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programmes at both Higher and Standard Level. Exact offer levels will vary depending on the range of subjects being taken at higher and standard level, and the course applied for. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.
To study Portuguese as your major language, you need a pass in Higher Level Italian, Spanish or Portuguese or fluency in Italian, Romanian or Spanish.

Entry requirements for students studying BTEC qualifications are dependent on units studied. Advice can be provided on an individual basis. The standard required is generally at Distinction level.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) code

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall. (Different requirements apply for second year entry.)

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

If you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.

Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels required. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications.

Additional Notes

If you’re an international student, but do not meet the English language or academic requirements for direct admission to this degree, you could prepare and gain entry through a pathway course. Find out more about opportunities available to you at the University of Essex International College here.

Course qualifiers

None

Rules of assessment

Rules of assessment are the rules, principles and frameworks which the University uses to calculate your course progression and final results.

Additional notes

None

External examiners

Prof Sonia Cunico

Director of Language Teaching

External Examiners provide an independent overview of our courses, offering their expertise and help towards our continual improvement of course content, teaching, learning, and assessment. External Examiners are normally academics from other higher education institutions, but may be from the industry, business or the profession as appropriate for the course. They comment on how well courses align with national standards, and on how well the teaching, learning and assessment methods allow students to develop and demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills needed to achieve their awards. External Examiners who are responsible for awards are key members of Boards of Examiners. These boards make decisions about student progression within their course and about whether students can receive their final award.

Key

Core You must take this module.
You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options You can choose which module to study.
You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Compulsory You must take this module.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Compulsory with Options You can choose which module to study.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Optional You can choose which module to study.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.

Year 2 - 2020/21

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 Language (advanced or above) option(s) from list Compulsory with Options 30
02 Second language (advanced or above) option(s) from list Compulsory with Options 30
03 Third language (elementary or above) option(s) from list Compulsory with Options 30
04 LA757-5-FY Film Production and Editing Skills II Compulsory 30
05 LA099-5-FY Careers and Employability Skills for Languages and Linguistics Compulsory 0

Year Abroad/Placement - 2021/22

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 Compulsory with Options 90

Exit awards

A module is given one of the following statuses: 'core' – meaning it must be taken and passed; 'compulsory' – meaning it must be taken; or 'optional' – meaning that students can choose the module from a designated list. The rules of assessment may allow for limited condonement of fails in 'compulsory' or 'optional' modules, but 'core' modules cannot be failed. The status of the module may be different in any exit awards which are available for the course. Exam Boards will consider students' eligibility for an exit award if they fail the main award or do not complete their studies.

Programme aims

Enable students to become proficient in two or more modern languages, developing an appropriate level of fluency and accuracy in using the languages as a medium of understanding, expression and communication (both oral and written), with awareness of stylistic and sociolinguistic variation, and developing a corresponding level of proficiency in translation, interpreting and creative writing.

Equip students with a range of transferable cognitive, practical and professional skills which will give them a foundation for further study, employment and lifelong learning.

Professional skill which students will have the opportunity to acquire include IT, multi-media, publishing, interpreting and administrative skills.

Develop student's intercultural competence by introducing them to aspects of the culture and society of the target language(s), enabling them to compare and contrast culture specific traditions, conventions and practices, and giving them the opportunity to experience, engage with and integrate into another culture.

By the end of this course, students will have taken at least one language to mastery level and at least one other language to intermediate level or above, and will be equipped with the professional skills required to integrate into the world of work.

The course will be taught predominantly by means of classes and tutorials.

The language modules will be taught and assessed by means of classes and a range of exercises testing general language skills.

For the professional skills modules, the theoretical concepts which are introduced will be applied and practised in the context of hands-on workshops and practical sessions.

Time will be allocated for students to carry out and manage specific tasks and the assessment will be done by means of projects.

The outcome listed below represent the minimum expected of a graduate on this course; it is anticipated that the vast majority of graduates will achieve significantly more.

Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods

On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:

A: Knowledge and understanding

A1 Phonology, morphology, syntax, lexis, usage, and socio-stylistic variation in the chosen modern language(s), and (on relevant higher-level courses) techniques of translation, interpreting, and creative writing
A2 Aspects of the culture and society of one or more countries which use the chosen modern language(s) as a medium of communication, drawing comparisons with their own culture and observing contrasts.
A3 Linguistic concepts and metalanguage used to describe and analyse the chosen modern language(s), and analytic methods and techniques used to analyse texts and other authentic modern language materials from a variety of perspectives
Learning Methods: Language skills A1 are developed through classwork, homework, use of dedicated software and Web materials, and the year abroad.

Cultural awareness A2 is developed through class and web materials, and the year abroad (during which students experience, engage with and integrate into another culture, either by a period of study at a partner institution offering the opportunity to operate in a different academic, linguistic and cultural environment, or by working as a language assistant and thereby acquiring valuable vocational experience of working abroad.)

Skills of linguistic analysis A3 are developed through study of authentic (textual or video or film or aural) materials in class.

All three types of knowledge and understanding are reinforced by feedback from staff in class, in office hours, by email or via the web.
Assessment Methods: Methods employed to assess knowledge and understanding on Modern Languages modules typically include: role-play activities; class presentations; oral exams; written coursework, e.g.
Essays, book reports, translations, project work; unseen written exams; class tests; web-based assignments involving a web search or producing web materials.

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

B1 Abstract and synthesise information from authentic written and spoken language materials
B2 Interact in the chosen languages, expressing one's own ideas (and responding to those put forward by others) coherently and articulately
B3 Analyse authentic modern language materials from a variety of perspectives
Learning Methods: Methods employed to develop cognitive skills on Modern Languages modules typically include: group discussion of topical themes and analysis of authentic (textual, or video, or film, or aural) materials in class; laboratory work involving use of dedicated software and Web materials and specialist equipment; and staff advice, feedback and interaction with students in office hours and via the email or Web.
Assessment Methods: Methods employed to assess cognitive skills on Modern Languages modules typically include: role-play activities; class presentations; oral exams; written coursework, e.g.
Essays, book reports, translations, project work; unseen written exams; class tests; web-based assignments involving a web search or producing web materials.

C: Practical skills

C1 Organising and presenting (orally and in writing) ideas and materials in the specialist languages
C2 Gathering and processing information from different sources, e.g. doing a bibliographic search in the library, accessing material from online databases and locating and downloading appropriate foreign language materials from the Web
C3 Communicating ideas, information and arguments in oral and written form in the specialist languages, with a level of fluency, accuracy, clarity and effectiveness (and sensitivity to register and style) which depends on the level of the modules taken
Learning Methods: Methods employed to develop practical skills on Modern Languages modules typically include: group discussion of topical themes and analysis of authentic (textual, or video, or film, or aural) materials in class; laboratory work involving use of dedicated software and Web materials and specialist equipment; and staff advice, feedback and interaction with students in office hours and via the email or Web.
Assessment Methods: Methods employed to assess practical skills on Modern Languages modules typically include: role-play activities; class presentations; oral exams; written coursework, e.g.
Essays, book reports, translations, project work; unseen written exams; class tests; web-based assignments involving a web search or producing web materials.

D: Key skills

D1 Communicating ideas, information and arguments in oral and written form in the specialist languages, with a level of fluency, accuracy, clarity and effectiveness (and sensitivity to register and style) which depends on the level of the modules taken
D2 IT skills which can include word processing, Powerpoint, e-mail, bibliographic searches, locating and downloading foreign language internet materials, and utilising editing and subtitling software packages to improve language competence and support professional skills.
D3 Analysing modern language materials, identifying problems and creatively discussing solutions
D4 Collaborate with others to work creatively and flexibly as part of a team
D5 Working autonomously showing organisation, self-discipline and time management
Learning Methods: Methods employed to develop key skills on Modern Languages modules typically include: group discussion of topical themes and analysis of authentic (textual, or video, or film, or aural) materials in class; laboratory work involving use of dedicated software and Web materials and specialist equipment; and staff advice, feedback and interaction with students in office hours and via the email or Web.
Assessment Methods: Methods employed to assess key skills on typically include: role-play activities; class presentations in some cases using Powerpoint; oral exams; written coursework, e.g.
Essays, book reports, translations, project work; unseen written exams; class tests; web-based assignments involving a web search or producing web materials; applying multimedia techniques.


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