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Modern Languages

Course overview

(Certificate of HE) Certificate of Higher Education
Modern Languages
Current
University of Essex
University of Essex
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Certificate Higher Education
Full-time
Languages, Cultures and Societies
CERXR900
http://www.essex.ac.uk/students/exams-and-coursework/ppg/ug/default.aspx
26/03/2019

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.

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 LANGUAGE OPTION(S) FROM LIST Compulsory with Options 30
02 LANGUAGE OPTION(S) FROM LIST Compulsory with Options 30
03 LANGUAGE OPTION(S) FROM LIST Compulsory with Options 30
04 LANGUAGE OPTION(S) FROM LIST Compulsory with Options 30

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 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 (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.

Offer students the opportunity to become familiar with linguistic techniques used to describe aspects of the structure of one or more modern languages, or to acquire knowledge, understanding and skills in another field (depending on the options chosen) 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
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 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 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 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
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 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.
D4 Analysing modern language materials, identifying problems and creatively discussing solutions
D5 Collaborate with others to work creatively and flexibly as part of a team
D6 Working autonomously showing organisation, self-discipline and time management
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.


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