Modern Languages and Linguistics

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Course overview
(BA) Bachelor of Arts
Modern Languages and Linguistics
Current
University of Essex
University of Essex
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Honours Degree
Full-time
Languages, Cultures and Societies
Linguistics
BA RQ91
15/04/2017

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.

BTEC: DDD, depending on subject studied - advice on acceptability can be provided.

IB: 30 points or three Higher Level certificates with 555
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.

Access to HE Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above

Flexible offers
Eligible applicants that choose us as their firm choice by the relevant deadline will be able to take advantage of a flexible offer. This offer will specify alternative entry requirements than those published here so, if your final grades aren’t what you had hoped for, you could still secure a place with us. Visit our undergraduate application information page for more details.

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

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.

eNROL, the module enrolment system, is now open until Monday 26 October 2020 8:59AM, for students wishing to make changes to their module options.

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 1 - 2020/21

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01  LG110-4-SP  Sounds  Compulsory  15 
02  LG113-4-AU  Understanding Data in Linguistics  Compulsory  15 
03  LG111-4-AU  Words and Sentences  Compulsory  15 
04  LG114-4-SP  Language in Society  Compulsory  15 
05    Language (Advanced) or Intensive Initial Part I or Intensive Initial Parts I & II)  Optional  30 
06    Language (initial to advanced) or Intensive Initial Part II or Intensive Initial Parts I & II)  Optional  30 
07  LA099-4-FY  Careers and Employability Skills for Languages and Linguistics  Compulsory 
08  LG104-4-AU  Introduction to the Study of Language  Compulsory 

Year 2 - 2021/22

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01  LG213-5-SP  Research methods for language and linguistics  Compulsory  15 
02    LG210-5-AU or LG212-5-AU  Compulsory with Options  15 
03    LG211-5-SP or LG217-5-SP or LG353-5-SP  Compulsory with Options  15 
04    Linguistics Option  Optional  15 
05    Language (Advanced or above) option(s) from list  Optional  30 
06    Language (lower intermediate or above) option(s) from list  Optional  30 
07  LA099-5-FY  Careers and Employability Skills for Languages and Linguistics  Compulsory 

Year Abroad/Placement - 2022/23

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

Year 3 - 2023/24

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01  LG831-6-FY  Project: Linguistics  Compulsory  30 
02    Language (Mastery level) option(s) from list  Optional  30 
03    Language (higher intermediate or above) option(s) from list  Optional  30 
04    Linguistics option(s) from list  Optional  30 
05  LA099-6-FY  Careers and Employability Skills for Languages and Linguistics  Compulsory 

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

This course aims to:

Enable students to become proficient in one or more modern languages, developing an appropriate level of fluency and accuracy in using the chosen language(s) as a medium of understanding, expression and communication (both oral and written), with awareness of stylistic and sociolinguistic variation, and (where relevant higher-level courses are taken) developing a corresponding level of proficiency in translation, interpreting, and creative writing.

Develop students' understanding of aspects of the culture and society of one or more countries which use the chosen modern language(s) as a medium of communication, enabling them to draw comparisons with their own culture and observe contrasts, and (through the year abroad) to experience, engage with and integrate into another culture.

Introduce students to contemporary linguistic approaches to the study of language Offer a varied and flexible curriculum which allows students to choose their own areas of specialisation within Linguistics.

Develop students' knowledge and understanding of the key concepts, issues, ideas, theories, styles of argumentation, evaluation criteria and research methods used in contemporary work in the chosen areas of specialisation in Linguistics, and off associated theoretical, descriptive and methodological issues.

Equip students with a range of transferable cognitive, practical and key skills, and a foundation for further study, employment and lifelong learning.

The outcomes 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

A4: contemporary linguistic approaches to the study of language, language learning, and language teaching and how researchers in another country approach the study of language

A5: a selection of contemporary work in the chosen areas of specialisation in Linguistics

A6: key concepts, issues, ideas, theories, styles of argumentation, evaluation criteria, methods and materials used in the chosen areas of specialism in Linguistics, and associated methodological, theoretical, descriptive and (where relevant) pedagogical issues

Learning methods

Modern language proficiency A1 is 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.

A1-A3 are reinforced by feedback from staff in class, in office hours, or by email.

A4-A6 are developed on Linguistics (LG) courses through a range of teaching and learning methods which typically include: lectures, seminars and classes; tutorials for project work; library and internet materials; printed/web course materials; independent learning or research; office/email consultation with staff; written or oral feedback from staff on work.

Assessment methods

A1-A3 are assessed on Modern Languages (LA) courses by a range of methods which 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.

A4-A6 are assessed on Linguistics (LG) courses by a range of methods which typically include some combination of the following: written unseen exams; coursework assignments; exercises; a literature review; an individual or team research project; and an oral presentation.

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

B1: abstract and synthesise relevant information from a range of sources using books, journal articles, library and internet resources.

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

B4: Make observations and generalisations about behaviour or data, or other materials in the chosen area of Linguistics using appropriate analytic techniques

B5: Critically evaluate contrasting linguistic theories/ accounts/explanations/approaches, demonstrating an understanding of the relationship between theory and data or practice

Learning methods

B1-B3 are developed on Modern Languages courses by a range of methods which 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 staff advice, feedback and interaction with students in office hours and via email.

B1, B4 and B5 are developed on Linguistics courses through a range of teaching and learning methods which typically include: lectures, seminars and classes; tutorials for project work; library and internet materials; printed/web course materials; independent learning or research; office/email consultation with staff; written or oral feedback from staff on work.

Assessment methods

B1-B3 are assessed on Modern Languages courses by a range of methods which 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.

B1, B4 and B5 are assessed on Linguistics courses by a range of methods which typically include some combination of the following: written unseen exams; coursework assignments; exercises; a literature review; an individual or team research project; and an oral presentation.

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: Plan, undertake and present an independent piece of work in Linguistics which involves reviewing existing work on a given topic, making use of standard referencing conventions

C4: Utilise specialised techniques for the collection, analysis, presentation or evaluation of relevant English Language materials, data or behaviour

Learning methods

C1 and C2 are developed on Modern Languages courses by a range of methods which 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 staff advice, feedback and interaction with students in office hours and via email.

C2-C4 are developed on Linguistics courses through a range of teaching and learning methods which typically include: lectures, seminars and classes; tutorials for project work; library and internet materials; advice in the Departmental Handbook; printed/web course materials; independent learning or research; office/email consultation with staff; written or oral feedback from staff on work

Assessment methods

C1 and C2 are developed on Modern Languages courses by a range of methods which 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 staff advice, feedback and interaction with students in office hours and via email.

C2-C4 are developed on Linguistics courses through a range of teaching and learning methods which typically include: lectures, seminars and classes; tutorials for project work; library and internet materials; advice in the Departmental Handbook; printed/web course materials; independent learning or research; office/email consultation with staff; written or oral feedback from staff on work

D: Key skills

D1: Present ideas, information and arguments (both orally and in writing) effectively and clearly in English and the chosen modern language/s (with the level of modern language fluency depending on the level of the courses taken)

D2: Demonstrate a range of IT skills which will typically include the ability to do word processing, use Powerpoint and e-mail, conduct bibliographic searches, locate and download French language internet materials, and utilise software packages.

D4: Analyse relevant materials, identifying problems and creatively discussing solutions

D5: Collaborate with others to work creatively and flexibly as part of a team

D6: Work autonomously showing organisation, self-discipline and time management, responding constructively to feedback and learning new material and techniques.

Learning methods

All five skills are developed on Modern Language courses by a range of methods which 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 staff advice, feedback and interaction with students in office hours and via email.

Skills D1-D5 are also developed on Linguistics courses through a range of methods which typically include lectures, seminars, and classes; tutorials for project work; library and internet materials; printed/web course materials; advice in Departmental Handbooks; independent learning or research; office/email consultation with staff; written or oral feedback from staff.

Generic IT skills are also taught on induction courses run by the University and the Department.

Assessment methods

All five skills are assessed on Modern Languages courses by a range of methods which typically include: role-play activities; class presentations which may involve the use of 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.

Skills D1-D5 are assessed on Linguistics courses by a range of methods which typically include some combination of the following: written unseen exams; coursework assignments; exercises; a literature review; an individual or team research project; and an oral presentation.


Note

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