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Unit information: Foreign Language Skills for Postgraduate Students (Advanced) in 2021/22

Unit name Foreign Language Skills for Postgraduate Students (Advanced)
Unit code MODLM0031
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Foster
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Modern Languages
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

This unit will provide students with the opportunity to study a foreign language, at an appropriate level, in the context of their Master’s programme. Students who choose this unit option will take a language unit from a degree programme in the School of Modern Languages, appropriate to their language level at point of entry (benchmarked against the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages – CEFR). The School of Modern Languages’ portfolio includes French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Czech and Portuguese.

This unit will be open to students wishing to develop their language skills as part of their postgraduate training; it will therefore not be possible for students to take this unit in their mother tongue.

The unit will include:

  • General communication skills
  • Academic listening and note-taking skills
  • Academic and sub-technical language
  • Academic reading and writing skills
  • Subject specific language
  • Oral presentation skills
  • Cultural and social aspects of the language
  • E-learning opportunities

Intended Learning Outcomes

Students will:

a) improve their language skills, relative to their entry point, and be able to communicate orally and in writing with a reasonable degree of accuracy and fluency.

b) be able to work at appropriate level with material in the target language and retrieve necessary information.

c) have acquired knowledge and awareness of the general social and cultural background of the target language.

d) be able to understand and interpret written texts at an appropriate level.

e) be able to respond to written texts at an appropriate level.

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered online through a combination of synchronous sessions and asynchronous activities, including seminars, lectures, and collaborative as well as self-directed learning opportunities supported by tutor consultation.

Assessment Information

  • Timed online examination which includes Reading, Writing and Listening – 75% - assesses ILOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  • In-class presentation / speaking exercise to assess oral – 25% - assesses ILOs 1, 2 and 3


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.