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Unit information: Language (Advanced) in 2015/16

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Unit name Language (Advanced)
Unit code MODL10014
Credit points 40
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Ginger
Open unit status Open




School/department School of Modern Languages
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

This unit will practise and develop students’ oral, aural, reading, writing and translation skills. The unit will provide students with a good understanding of grammar and cultural background. The unit will offer students the opportunity to develop these skills through the production of a portfolio of work testing all four language skills.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to communicate both orally and in writing with a high degree of accuracy and fluency. They will be able to work independently with authentic material and retrieve necessary information and deliver it effectively in oral and written form.

Teaching Information

3-4 weekly contact hours dedicated to the development of key skills. Mostly seminar based with some lectures for the delivery of grammar lessons. Ongoing e-learning tasks via Blackboard. Guided programme of seminar work

Assessment Information

One 3hour exam (60%) continuous assessment (40%)

The exam assesses the three written skills. Continuous assessment tests the three written and oral aural skills.

  • 25% Translation
  • 25% Guided Writing
  • 25% Composition
  • 25% Oral/ Aural split (70%) / (30%)

Year 1 60% exam

The four key skills are; ‘Composition’, ‘Translation’, ‘Guided Writing’ and ‘Oral/Aural’.

‘Composition’, assesses the students’ ability to communicate in the longer written form in the target language, which can include essay writing.

‘Translation’ may assess the students’ ability to translate accurately and fluently into and out of the target language.

‘Guided Writing’, sometimes also known as ‘Mediation into the Target Language’, assesses the students’ skills in reading comprehension and in expressing material in the target language in prose form (including condensing, translation into the target language, rephrasing, asking them to respond to structured or guided questions related to a given text, etc). It may also assess students’ metalinguistic and lexical competence (i.e. grammar and vocabulary).

’Oral/Aural’ assesses the students’ verbal and listening skills, communicating verbally and in comprehension of the spoken language.

The continuous assessment element comprises a portfolio of extended language exercises to be submitted at the end of the session.

In order to progress into Year 2, students would need to achieve a pass mark (40) in their overall language mark. Marks of below 40 in any of the four language skills would not prevent a student from progressing, as long as the overall average remained above 40.

Reading and References

Selection of dedicated material prepared in-house (SML).

Grammar texts and dictionaries as appropriate to language area