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German Studies and Modern Languages

Course overview

(BA) Bachelor of Arts
German Studies and Modern Languages
Current
University of Essex
University of Essex
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Honours Degree
Full-time
Languages, Cultures and Societies
BA RR9F
http://www.essex.ac.uk/students/exams-and-coursework/ppg/ug/default.aspx
26/03/2019

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.

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.

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 21 October 2019 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
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
Optional You can choose which module to study

Year 1 - 2019/20

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 LA230-4-FY or LA240-4-FY or LA221-4-AU and LA222-4-SP Compulsory with Options 30
02 LA041-4-AU Language Expert 1 Compulsory 15
03 LA042-4-SP Language Expert 2 Compulsory 15
04 Language (initial to advanced) option from list Optional 30
05 Language (intial to advanced) option from list Optional 30
06 LA099-4-FY Careers and Employability Skills for Languages and Linguistics Compulsory 0

Year 2 - 2020/21

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 LA240-5-FY or LA250-5-FY Compulsory with Options 30
02 LA051-5-FY Language Expert 3 Compulsory 30
03 Language (lower intermediate or above) option(s) from list Optional 30
04 Language (lower intermediate or above) option(s) from list Optional 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

Year 3 - 2022/23

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 LA067-6-FY Translation, Interpreting and Subtitling Skills Compulsory 30
02 LA260-6-FY Mastery Level German Compulsory 30
03 Language (higher intermediate or above) option(s) from list Optional 30
04 LA069-6-FY Language Dissertation Compulsory 30
06 LA099-6-FY Careers and Employability Skills for Languages and Linguistics Compulsory 0

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 German and one 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 (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 countries which use the chosen modern languages 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.

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 scheme; 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 German and the other 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 countries which use German and the other 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 German and the other chosen modern languages, and analytic methods and techniques used to analyse texts and other authentic modern language materials from a variety of perspectives
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.

All three types of knowledge and understanding are reinforced by feedback from staff in class, in office hours, or by email.
Assessment Methods: Methods employed to assess knowledge and understanding on Modern Languages courses 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 Analyse authentic language materials in German and the other chosen modern language(s) from a variety of perspectives.
B2 Abstract and synthesise information from authentic written and spoken materials in German and the other chosen modern language(s)
B3 Interact in German and the other chosen modern language(s), expressing one's own ideas (and responding to those put forward by others) coherently and articulately
Learning Methods: Methods employed to develop cognitive skills on Modern Languages courses 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.
Assessment Methods: Methods employed to assess cognitive skills on Modern Languages courses 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 Organise and present (orally and in writing) ideas and materials in German and the other chosen modern language(s) coherently and articulately.
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
Learning Methods: Methods employed to develop practical skills 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.
Assessment Methods: Methods employed to assess practical skills 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 Communicate ideas, information and arguments (both orally and in writing) in German and the other chosen modern language(s), with a level of fluency, accuracy, clarity and effectiveness (and sensitivity to register and style) which depends 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 modern language internet materials, and utilise software packages
D4 Analyse language materials in German and the other chosen Modern Language(s), 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; reflect on their own work and respond constructively to the comments of others; learn new material; adapt to new ways of learning.
Learning Methods: Methods employed to develop key skills on Modern Languages courses 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.
Assessment Methods: Methods employed to assess key skills on Modern Languages courses 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.


Note

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