The aim of this module is to introduce you to the study of a language to communicate effectively in basic every day, educational or work situations and to engage this study within the culture of the country or countries in which it is used.
The module will cover essential everyday topics and vocabulary, as well as some basic terminology related to travelling, studying and/or working in the countries where the language is used. Practical skills such as oral expressions, written communications, IT vocabulary, reading comprehension and basic translation will be covered. Language structures and grammar will be presented and practised in context. It will also include the study of some general aspects about these countries and most important cultural distinctions, for example, geography and political organization, food, family, university life, major festivities, daily life and leisure.
- Credit rating: 20 Credits
- Total student learning time: 200 hours
- Contact hours : 50 hours
- Independent Study: 150 hours (recommended 4/5 hours per week)
- Prerequisite: no previous knowledge required
By the end of the module you should be able to:
- demonstrate competence in the use of the language at the level studied during the year in the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing and to apply this competence and necessary language structures to carry out different tasks with enough accuracy;
- read and understand familiar names, words and simple sentences in a variety of texts and extract information from materials such as notices, adverts, prospectus, timetables, menus… as well as listen and understand short announcements;
- write short texts, notes, communications and messages using a variety of media, for example postcards, emails, blogs, forms, and provide enough information on familiar topics and activities;
- communicate orally with some success, using and understanding a series of everyday expressions and phrases and exchanging information;
- demonstrate awareness and enough general knowledge of the most prominent cultural features of one or several countries where the language is used.
The module is assessed as follows and all three components are compulsory.
- A portfolio of language tasks completed during the course covering all language skills. It will contain two end-of-term writing and reading tests, two listening tasks, and one piece of assessed coursework per chapter or unit covered (it could include short compositions, preparation for oral tasks, grammar and vocabulary exercises, reading comprehension, translations, cultural issues…) At the end of the module the portfolio will be awarded an overall mark. This assignment is worth 50% of the module's final mark and equivalent to 2,000 words.
- An end of year written examination which will include grammar and vocabulary exercises, reading comprehension, writing tasks, some basic translation and questions on the general knowledge about the culture. This examination is worth 40% of the module's assessment and equivalent to 1,500 words.
- A speaking test based on the work done in class. It could be role plays, questions and answers and general conversation and takes place at the end of the course. This test is worth 10 % of the module’s assessment and equivalent to 500 words.