Languages and Culture

The following modules are available to incoming Study Abroad students interested in Languages and Culture.

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CHIN100: Part I Chinese (Intensive)

  • Terms Taught: Full Year Course.
  • US Credits: 10 Semester Credits.
  • ECTS Credits: 20 ECTS Credits.
  • Pre-requisites: This course is NOT available to native speakers of Mandarin Chinese or to students who are studying here for less than a Full Year.

Course Description

This module is designed as a breakthrough into Mandarin Chinese in its standardised spoken modern form and in simplified characters. The course is suitable for beginners with no or little prior knowledge of Chinese. The module will teach Chinese language skills for listening, speaking, reading, and writing (focusing on the first three), which enable students to engage confidently in every-day conversations using simple Chinese. More specifically, the module will cover:

  • Background to Mandarin Chinese;
  • Chinese phonetics including pronunciation and intonation;
  • The Romanization system (Pinyin with tones);
  • More advanced skills for Chinese pronunciation and sound recognition;
  • Basics of Chinese grammar and key sentence structures; vocabulary requirements and language functions for daily life across a wide range of topics;
  • Aspects of the writing system such as the radical system and stroke types and orders;
  • Chinese culture and Chinese ICT (Information and Communications Technology) skills.

Educational Aims

This module aims to:

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of Chinese phonetics and skills for Chinese pronunciation and sound recognition skills, producing sounds in Chinese with correct and accurate pronunciation and intonation

  • Provide beginners with a breakthrough into Chinese and develop their Mandarin Chinese proficiency to the "A2 Basic User, Waystage level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (roughly equivalent to Level 1 of NQF UK, or AS level)

  • Write Chinese characters, including the radical system, types of strokes, stroke orders, and be able to recognise 400-500 of the most commonly used Chinese characters and be able to write 200-300 of them

  • Develop students knowledge and understanding of the basic structures of Mandarin and its writing system and their ability to communicate in Mandarin to meet the basic requirements of daily life

  • Engage in basic Chinese computing, using computerized word processing skills to writing Chinese with the help of the Pinyin input method

  • Employ appropriate ICT skills both as a means of communication and as an aid to learning, applying the practical skills of using e learning facilities to self-access study

  • Encourage students to learn about contemporary China and better understand cultural differences between the West and China

  • Provide students with the basis to study Chinese in Part II.

Outline Syllabus

The module will consist of six teaching hours a week spread over 25 weeks across three terms (i.e. a total of 150 hours of study). The weekly patterning of teaching and learning activities are as follows:

  • A one-hour lecture teaching Chinese grammar, language functions, and explaining the text of the lesson as well as related cultural aspects focusing on understanding the Chinese social context and way of life so that students will feel better equipped to interact with Chinese people or visit China in their future careers;
  • A one-hour seminar for listening practice, which may be combined with character recognition and speaking exercises;
  • A two hour seminar for speaking practice in the form of pattern drills, group work, role play and at later on more creative language production;
  • A two-hour seminar for reading practice of authentic language materials and learning Chinese character writing with the aid of computerised flashcards.

Following the first four weeks of intensive and systematic learning of Chinese sound systems, the study of pronunciation and tones will be carried out in the context of situational dialogues which will also build up vocabulary and develop communicative skills. Emphasis will largely be placed on effective communication in Mandarin through classroom instructions and group activities such as pair work, role-play and simulations in oral interactive activities. Grammar will be explicitly taught from the outset and regular written exercises will be used to monitor students’ progress of developing grammatical competence.

The structure of the language and grammar will be taught in conjunction with the learning of the spoken language. Half of one class hour each week will be devoted to learning characters, which will be taught systematically by teaching the right order of strokes and radicals. The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), which includes digital audio and video materials, will be used to provide support to self-access study and flexible learning. Multimedia materials will be used in classroom teaching in lecture/seminar rooms with supported multimedia PCs. In addition, there will also be 30 hours of Chinese film/TV showings (approx. 1.5 hours for 15 of the 25 weeks of the course) which will be optional but strongly recommended.

Assessment Proportions

  • Exam: 40%
  • Coursework: 15%
  • Oral: 15%
  • Written Assessment: 30%

CHIN200: Chinese Language 2

  • Terms Taught: Michaelmas Term Only.
  • Also Available: This module is only available in Michaelmas term.
  • US Credits: 4 Semester Credits.
  • ECTS Credits: 8 ECTS Credits.
  • Pre-requisites: Students must have an existing level of Mandarin Chinese equivalent to that taught on CHIN100 in order to register for CHIN200, but must NOT be native speakers. Please also note that, although teaching is only in the Michaelmas term, only full-year visiting students are permitted to register for this course due to the assessment structure (the exam must be taken in January, after Michaelmas-only students have left).

Course Description

CHIN 200 progresses from CHIN 100 and systematically introduces more complex Chinese grammar and key sentence patterns. Additionally, more advanced and extensive vocabulary items are introduced to enhance the students competence in communicating in Chinese in a range of demanding interactive situations. The weekly teaching consists of four contact hours, including a one-hour lecture teaching grammar and language functions, a two-hour seminar for listening and speaking practice, and a one-hour seminar for reading practice, grammar exercises and character learning. Please note that this course is NOT available to native speakers of Mandarin Chinese but students need to have completed 150+ hours of classroom teaching or have passed the NEW HSK Level 2.

Educational Aims

This module aims to:

  • enable students to acquire more sophisticated skills in listening and speaking as well as reading and comprehension, building on the skills acquired through the intensive Chinese Part I course (or equivalent);
  • ensure students can recognise approximately 700 Chinese characters (including the 400-500 learned in CHIN100)

  • further develop students' competence for computing in Chinese.

Outline Syllabus

CHIN200 progresses from CHIN100 and introduces more complex Chinese grammar and key sentence patterns systematically.  Additionally, more advanced and extensive vocabulary items are introduced to enhance the students’ competence in communicating in Chinese in a range of demanding interactive situations.  Students taking this module are expected to reach a standard beyond A Level. The weekly teaching consists of four contact hours, including a one-hour lecture teaching grammar and language functions, a two-hour seminar for listening and speaking practice, and a one-hour seminar for reading practice, grammar exercises and character learning.

Assessment Proportions

  • Coursework: 40%
  • Exam: 60%

CHIN201: Chinese Language 3

  • Terms Taught: Lent / Summer Terms Only.
  • Also Available: This module is only available in Lent Summer term.
  • US Credits: 4 Semester Credits.
  • ECTS Credits: 8 ECTS Credits.
  • Pre-requisites: CHIN200 or equivalent existing knowledge of Mandarin Chinese.  Not available to native speakers of Mandarin Chinese.

Course Description

CHIN201 progresses from CHIN200 and introduces more complex Chinese grammar and key sentence patterns systematically. Additionally, more advanced and extensive vocabulary items are introduced to enhance the students competence in communicating in Chinese in a range of demanding interactive situations. Students taking this module are expected to reach a higher standard than that expected on CHIN200, equivalent to undergraduate level Year 1. The weekly teaching consists of four contact hours, including a one-hour lecture teaching grammar and language functions, a two-hour seminar for listening and speaking practice, and a one-hour seminar for reading practice, grammar exercises and character learning.

Educational Aims

This module aims to:

  • enable students to acquire more sophisticated skills in listening and speaking as well as reading and comprehension, building on the skills acquired through the intensive Chinese Part I course (or equivalent) and CHIN200;
  • ensure that students can recognise approximately 800 Chinese characters (including the 700-or-so words learned in CHIN100 and CHIN200);
  • continue to develop students’ competence for computing in Chinese.

Upon successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • understand the connections between language, society and culture in Chinese context;
  • express themselves accurately with good pronunciation and tones about familiar subjects, with increasing confidence in a variety of contexts;
  • understand longer passages of spoken Chinese delivered at normal speed by answering questions or producing a summary;
  • have a systematic knowledge and understanding of more complex Chinese grammar and key sentence structures, and develop a finer and more extensive vocabulary and language functions;
  • read and understand passages of reasonable length written in Chinese characters such as a short story or simple newspaper article and produce extended pieces of written work in Chinese, including notes, letters and short essays with the help of a dictionary.

Assessment Proportions

  • Coursework: 40%
  • Exam: 60%

CHIN300: Chinese Language 4

  • Terms Taught: Michaelmas Term Only.
  • Also Available: This module is only available in Michaelmas term.
  • US Credits: 4 Semester Credits.
  • ECTS Credits: 8 ECTS Credits.
  • Pre-requisites: Students must have existing knowledge of Mandarin Chinese equivalent to that taught on CHIN201 in order to register for CHIN300, but must NOT be native speakers.Please also note that, although teaching is only in the Michaelmas term, only full-year visiting students are permitted to register for this course due to the assessment structure (the exam must be taken in January, after Michaelmas-only students have left Lancaster).

Course Description

This module is designed for students who have acquired an intermediate level of the Chinese language in terms of speaking, listening comprehension, reading and writing of the modern Chinese language through the intensive Part I Chinese programme (CHIN100) and the Year 2 modules (CHIN200 and CHIN201). The module will use authentic texts (slightly adapted from originals) from a range of sources and genres to help students communicate in a systematic and comprehensive manner using appropriate expressions and language norms in context, and develop further proficiency in understanding and expressing in-depth and intellectual comments using advanced Chinese language skills. It will also develop students advanced language skills including translating between English and Chinese as well as extended writing. The weekly teaching consists of four contact hours, including a one-hour lecture teaching grammar and language functions, a two-hour seminar for listening and speaking practice, and a one-hour seminar for reading and writing practice.

Educational Aims

This module aims to:

  • develop students’ Mandarin Chinese language skills to reach a post-intermediate level of Chinese (equivalent to undergraduate level Years 2 and 3). This will include the ability to converse fluently and confidently with native or competent speakers on everyday practical topics and also express their opinions on a range of issues appropriately in various forms and contexts, especially having to do with contemporary China;
  • enable students to write coherent passages in Chinese characters and understand simple newspaper articles and other written documentation with limited reference to a dictionary;
  • enable students to acquire an extended knowledge and understanding of complex syntactic structures and textual genres (i.e. political, academic, economic) in Chinese as well as basic knowledge and skills of translating/interpreting between English and Chinese;
  • enable students to acquire a corpus-based methodology to language learning and cross-linguistic academic enquiry; 
  • ensure that students can recognise up to 200 new characters, in addition to the 800 characters previously learnt via CHIN100, CHIN200 and CHIN201.

Upon successful completion of this module, students will:

  • be able to listen and understand spoken Chinese delivered at normal speed on a variety of topics relating to Chinese society as well as proficiency in understanding and expressing in-depth and intellectual comments using advanced Chinese language skills;
  • have the ability to speak Chinese accurately with adequate linguistic proficiency and intercultural awareness so that they can converse freely and appropriately with a native speaker in a variety of contexts, including delivering presentations and participating in discussions;
  • be capable of reading and understanding a lengthy passage on a wider range of general and specialised topics in different styles;
  • possess advanced language skills of extended writing in Chinese, including notes, letters and essays as well as translating between English and Chinese.

Assessment Proportions

  • Exam: 40%
  • Coursework: 60%

CHIN310: Chinese Culture and Society

  • Terms Taught: Lent / Summer Terms only.
  • US Credits: 4 Semester Credits.
  • ECTS Credits: 8 ECTS Credits.

Course Description

This module aims to provide students with a general knowledge of the key aspects, both historical and contemporary, of modern Chinese culture and society. Particular emphasis will be placed on China’s economic and socio-political developments, and on understanding the Chinese way of thinking and living so that students will have more confidence if they work in or with China, or interact with the Chinese from the greater China region in their future careers. The weekly teaching consists of an hourly lecture and an hourly seminar. This module is open to all visiting students, including native speakers of Mandarin Chinese.

Educational Aims

Students will gain:

  • an extended knowledge and critical understanding of key aspects of contemporary China and the necessary linguistic and cultural competence and skills for communicating with the Chinese;
  • a critical cultural awareness and ability to research into key socio-cultural issues in China 

Outline Syllabus

Topics will typically include:

  • An overview of Chinese culture and society
  • Imperial China and the fall of the Qing dynasty
  • China under Mao and since 1978
  • China’s politics and international relationships
  • China’s economy
  • Classic Chinese philosophies and their influence
  • China’s ethnic groups and languages
  • Migration and ethnicity in China
  • China and global governance

Assessment Proportions

  • Coursework: 40%
  • Exam: 60%

DELC211: Understanding culture

  • Terms Taught: Michaelmas Term only
  • US Credits: 4 semester credits
  • ECTS Credits: 8 ECTS credits

Course Description

'Understanding Culture' aims to give you a background to and insight into the diversity of twentieth and twenty-first century thought and contemporary definitions of culture. Some key questions we explore on the module include: What is 'culture' and how does it work? How do 'art' and 'culture' relate to each other? What do we mean when we talk about the production and consumption of culture? Why does popular culture arouse conflicting responses? What role does the body play in our understanding of culture? How does culture define who we are? Can a work of culture be an act of resistance? With these questions in mind, this module focuses on texts which raise questions about class, race, gender, and subcultures.

Educational Aims

  • give students the necessary background and introduction to major twentieth century approaches to culture
  • equip students with a theoretical and historical framework for understanding and analysing various cultural phenomena
  • strengthen the notion of the diversity of thought and culture by drawing on essential texts by a variety of thinkers
  • provide students with opportunities to read about and reflect upon different approaches to culture
  • promote their understanding of these approaches as well as their ability to present their own interpretations

Outline Syllabus

  • week 1. What do we mean by culture? Terry Eagleton's 'Versions of Culture' and Raymond Williams, Keywords: 'Culture'
  • week 2.  How is culture produced? Theodor Adorno's 'The Culture Industry'
  • week 3. The question of class. Matthew Arnold's Culture and Anarchy, and Marx and Engels' Communist Manifesto
  • week 4. Class: A reading of Gosford Park (2001) dir. Robert Altman
  • week 5. Gender and Femininity. Helene Cixous, 'Where is She?'
  • week 6. Gender and cross dressing: Garber, 'Clothes make the Man'
  • week 7. Race and power. Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks
  • week 8. Racism. Judith Butler, Schematic Racism and White Paranoia
  • week 9. Subcultures. Dick Hebdige, Subcultures
  • week 10. Counterculture: Naomi Klein, 'No Logo'

 Language: This module is taught in English and all texts are available in English

Assessment Proportions

  • Coursework: 40%
  • Exam: 60%

DELC212: Society on Screen: The Language of Film

  • Terms Taught: Michaelmas Term only.
  • US Credits: 4 semester credits
  • ECTS Credits: 8 ECTS credits

Course Description

How do films deal with topics like terrorism, immigration, resistance and gender? Do they entertain viewers, instruct them, or both? In what ways do cinematic techniques play a part? This module explores connections between European and Latin American films and their socio-historical contexts. It also considers form and technique: the language of film. To these ends, there will be introductory lectures on cinema and society and on film aesthetics and content in the first week of the module. During the remainder of the module, the connections mentioned will be the focus of seminars and presentations within the four core topic areas: terrorism, migration, resistance, gender.

Educational Aims

Students view and discuss modern European and Latin American films which highlight the core topics. Lectures will situate the films in terms of the social and historical context of the period and countries in which they were made. Terrorism, migration, the city and resistance are differently manifested in each of the countries studied. The course will explore the relationship between cinema, such issues and their representation. Students will acquire a broad understanding of  cinema of the period (1960s-present) together with an ability to analyse, contextualise and compare varying cinematic representations of a number of themes.

Outline Syllabus

The module consists of four two-week strands on cinema and society: Terrorism, Migration, Resistance and Gender. Each strand will be introduced with a lecture and followed by seminars on the set films.  Students will give a presentation on a short sequence within their allocated film.

Introductory Lectures (Cinema and Society; Forms and Contents)

Case Study Film (CSF) for Clip Analysis in Exam (subject to change): Land and Freedom (Ken Loach, 1995)

Terrorism

  • The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum (Volker Schlöndorff, 1975)
  • Good Morning, Night  (Marco Bellochio, 2003)  

Migration 

  • The North (Gregory Nava and Anna Thomas, 1984)
  • Blame it on Fidel (Julie Gavras, 2006)

Gender

  • Tony Manero (Pablo Larraín, 2008)
  • Ma vie en rose (Alain Berliner, 1997)

Resistance

  • Mephisto (István Szabó, 1981)
  • The Last Metro (François Truffaut, 1980)

Comparative Dimensions (Workshops)

Note that each separate strand (4 hours) will consist of two weeks of study of two films. In each two-week strand, there will be: i) an introductory lecture on each of the themes (1 hour), a general  seminar on each film (1 hour), a second lecture concentrating on form in the film (1 hour) plus a fourth hour dedicated to student presentations (1 hour).   

Language: This module is taught in English. All films are available with subtitles and the most important critical works for each film are also in English.

Assessment Proportions

  • Essay(s): 30%
  • Presentation: 10%
  • Exam: 60%

DELC214: Economic and Social Change in France, Germany and Spain since 1945

  • Terms Taught: Lent/Summer Term only.
  • US Credits: 4 semester credits
  • ECTS Credits: 8 ECTS credits

Course Description

This module explores how post-war economic change has affected European societies, and how socio-political factors in turn have influenced the patterns and outcomes of economic development, over the second half of the twentieth and the beginning of the twenty first century. It compares and contrasts the routes to post-war economic and social change of three core European countries, namely France, Germany and Spain. In spite of their differences (stage of socio-economic development; extent of damage during the war; political context; different impact of international dynamics, etc.), the three countries provide a matrix for understanding how generic challenges shaped the post-war European economic and social parameters. The module will also integrate the analysis of developments in Spain within the wider debate on southern 'modernisation' and EC/EU integration.

The module thus sets economic activity and policy-making in their wider context, and reflects on the complex interaction between economic and social change. The period from the end of the Second World War to approximately the present day is covered, but rather than attempt a generic historical survey, the module is structured on the basis of three country-specific modules (one per country), examining how these countries have confronted key moments of economic change, and what the longer-term consequences of that change have been. While the module emphasis is on broad national developments, discussion also covers examples relating to particular industries and major companies. Lectures consider the context of reconstruction and the pattern of subsequent economic development; the relationship between social and economic policies; the development of the three country's economies; the changes of the 1980s and their impact on subsequent years; and the consequences of specific momentous events, such as the re-unification of Germany and how the financial crisis of 2008 affected, and still affects, France, Germany and Spain.

Educational Aims

The module aims to

  •  introduce students to recent historical events and political developments that have determined the character of France, Germany and Spain's relationship with Europe
  • explain and illustrate the interaction between politics, economics, culture and everyday life in France, Germany and Spain in so far as these have been affected by the three countries' membership of the EU and by the Union's changing structure and priorities
  • demonstrate the effects of this interaction in four specific domains of national life (‘themes') in the three countries
  • familiarise students with sufficient factual and statistical information to understand the interrelationship of European policy and national interests.

Outline Syllabus

  • The module is team-taught and students are actively involved with group presentations and case studies.
  • Language: This module is taught in English and all texts are normally available in English.

Assessment Proportions

  • Coursework: 40%
  • Exam: 60%

DELC215: Language and Identity in France, Germany and Spain

  • Terms Taught: Michaelmas Term only.
  • US Credits: 4 semester credits
  • ECTS Credits: 8 ECTS credits

Course Description

This module will introduce second-year students to the role that the language used by institutions plays in shaping individual perceptions of identity. It will provide them with a basic theoretical framework that allows them to understand the relationship between language and power as reflected in current language policies at regional, national, and supranational levels. It will enable them to recognise forms of prestige and stigma associated with varieties of the three main languages under study. It will therefore raise critical awareness of the portrayal and representation of linguistic variations in the media and in the sphere of literature.

Educational Aims

This module aims to:

  • Familiarise students with the linguistic realities of France, Germany and Spain.
  • Introduce them to country-specific materials and provide them with a better understanding of regional and social variation.
  • Provide students with a theoretical framework that allows them to understand discourses of power that revolve around the concept of nation.
  • Increase their awareness of languages as instruments of social prestige and identity formation.
  • Enable students to make cross-country comparisons involving three major national identities in Europe.
  •  Develop their critical perception of linguistic variation within their home country, and of the role of the media, films and literature in portraying national and sub-national identities.

Outline Syllabus

Topics to include:

  • Language and Power: An Introduction
  • Language, Nation and Standard: An Introduction.
  • European language policies
  • German as a pluricentric language
  • ‘Gastarbeiter’ language and policies
  • An Overview of the linguistic Situation of France: Regional Variations
  • Linguistic Diversity: A threat to French National Identity?
  • The languages of Spain (Castilian Spanish, Catalan, Basque, Galician).
  • Language attitudes in Spain
  • Conclusion: Central and peripheral identities. Interpreting and participating in discourses of power and powerlessness, of subversion and conformity.

Assessment Proportions

  • Essay(s): 30%
  • Written Assessment: 10%
  • Exam: 60%

DELC216: Professional Contexts for Modern Languages

  • Terms Taught: Lent and Summer Terms only
  • US Credits: 4 semester credits
  • ECTS Credits: 8 ECTS credits
  • Pre-requisites: Only available to students with a UK or EU passport or on a Tier 4 visa.

Course Description

The module is designed to integrate employability into the languages curriculum so that graduate employment is not divorced from the actual subject content. The module will assist students in developing skills and competences specific to language in context study (such as archival work, advocacy for NGOs, teaching, translation, and work in the literary, broadcast, and media industries). It does this by introducing students to working in language-related professional contexts. It will expose students to real world perspectives through engagement with external organisations.

Educational Aims

This module will enable students to develop their learning and interest in relation to framing their linguistic and cultural understanding in a specific professional context.  It will aim to develop students’ understanding of the research process in relation to the specific sector in which their placement takes place and reflect academically on their practical experiences. 

The module aims are:

  • To offer students a structured experience of working with external organisations on projects which enable them to develop their self-confidence in communicating with individuals, their use of target language, and allow them to develop their self-management and language skills
  • To support language-related organisations through work placement, or research activities undertaken by students
  • To develop students' understanding of how organisations work with the cross cultural or multi-lingual environment in which they operate
  • To enhance students' ability to reflect on and articulate their personal, linguistic and cross-cultural skills
  • To develop students' application of aspects of their linguistic and cultural knowledge already acquired through study to a workplace environment

Outline Syllabus

  • Work placement activity: 

DELC216 seeks to support students to apply their linguistic and cultural understanding in a specific professional context. Students will develop, reflect on and articulate the range of competences and the linguistic and cross cultural skills that enhance employability by working in language-related professional contexts and reflecting on key issues in relation to their placement organisation. Students will typically spend between 25-30 hours over a period of 10 weeks engaging with a placement organisation between January and March. Alternatively students may undertake a 'block' placement over a two to three week period during the Easter vacation (this will allow placements abroad). Students will receive some preparation for the module. This will consist of short interviews and the sourcing and confirmation of placements. For students undertaking schools placements, there will also be some training. Alongside the placements, workshops will provide guidance on placements and on reflective academic work. Students will share their experiences and learning with each other by means of end-of-module presentations.

4 Workshops

Weeks 11 and 12: Preparation for Placement:

  • Self-assessment of students' skills, attributes and preferences, including exploration of linguistic and cross-cultural skills
  • Exploration of business and professional skills in practice: self-management, communication skills in practice, problem solving and team working
  • Contemporary issues relevant to language-related sector

Week 13: Preparation for Assessment:

  • Introduction to social research – research questions, theory and methods
  • Reflection in learning - writing reflectively and using learning logs.
  • Undertaking a research project 

Week 17: Progress Review Seminar: will provide guidance to students on the content and structure of their academic work including the research process, and provide formative feedback on their draft work.

Weeks 21and 22: Student Presentations

Assessment Proportions

  • Project: 60%
  • Presentation (Assessed): 20%
  • Log book: 20%

DELC337: Mirrors across Media: Reflexivity in Literature, Film, Comics and Video Games

  • Terms Taught: Michaelmas Term only
  • US Credits: 4 Semester credits
  • ECTS Credits: 8 ECTS credits

Course Description

How do fictions in literature, film, comics, or video games speak about themselves, and why? What happens when characters meet their author or walk off the screen? What happens when a film makes it obvious that it is ‘just’ a film, or a play that it is ‘just’ play? This module explores the manifestations of self-consciousness in arts and popular culture across languages from the Baroque to the contemporary period. 

The original materials are in French, Spanish, German, Italian, or English, and you will be encouraged to read in the original for your specialist language(s), but everything is also available in English translation.

Educational Aims

The aim of this module is to:

  • familiarize students with the key concepts and theoretical issues related to self-reflexivity in art and culture
  • introduce students to the broad history and significance of self-reflexive phenomena in Western culture, both ‘high’ and popular
  • introduce students to a variety of forms of manifestation of self-reflexivity in different media, historical periods, and cultural contexts

Outline Syllabus

The module consists of a combination of weekly lectures and seminars.

The lectures will introduce you to the broad lines of the history of self-reflexive phenomena in Western culture from Renaissance paintings through Baroque literature to the boom of metafiction, metafilm, and metagames in contemporary popular culture.

At the same time, you will learn key concepts such as immersion, the fourth wall and its breaking, metafiction and metanarration, narrative levels, metalepsis, and the way these function in different forms of art.

The seminar discussions will then invite you to put these concepts into practice in the analyses of narrative fiction, films, comics, or a video game. 

Typical topics in any given year might include classics of metafiction in literature (Cervantes, Sterne, Fielding, Diderot, Unamuno, Borges, Calvino, Pirandello, Queneau, Roubaud), film (Charlie Kaufman, Almodóvar, Woody Allen, Marc Forster), comics (Philemon, Animal man, the works of Marc-Antoine Mathieu), and interactive game (The Stanley Parable).

Assessment Proportions

  • Essay(s): 25%
  • Presentation (Assessed): 15%
  • Exam: 60%

DELC345: Francophone Voices: Literature and Film from Sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and Canada

  • Terms Taught: Lent and Summer Terms only
  • US Credits: 4 semester credits
  • ECTS Credits: 8 ECTS credits

Course Description

This module will provide you with an overview of the range of literature and culture produced in French-speaking countries around the world. We will study a selection of texts and films from Sub-Saharan Africa, the French Caribbean and French Canada to better understand the various relationships between France and these different parts of the Francophone world.

Through close textual analysis of a selection of novels and films, we will identify and discuss themes, language and style, considering a number of issues addressed by writers and film-makers in relation to issues of identity, gender, culture, history, and representation itself. Exploration of la Francophonie, the French mission civilisatrice, and relationships between contemporary France and her former colonies will provide context for our study of these novels and films. Our discussions will be informed by the work of thinkers including Franz Fanon and Edward Said.

Language: The module is taught in English and all texts are available in English translation.

Educational Aims

DELC345 aims to:

  • Provide you with an overview of literature from the francophone world
  • Enable you to analyse significant literary and critical works in this field
  • Trace the development of francophone literature from its roots in colonial experience to expressions of disillusionment in the aftermath of official decolonisation
  • Examine the changing relationship between France and her former colonies, with particular attention to the ways in which writers highlight and challenge polarities of Self and Other that continue to define this relationship
  • Provoke discussion of colonial and postcolonial conceptions of language, identity, gender, culture, history, and literature itself
  • Explore a range of appropriate critical tools with which to analyse the work of these writers

Outline Syllabus

Core texts:

  • Marie-Claire Blais, Une saison dans la vie d'Emmanuel (1965)
  • Maryse Cond, Traverse de la Mangrove (1989)
  • Ferdinand Oyono, Une vie de boy (1956)
  • Ousmane Sembne, Les Bouts de bois de Dieu (1960)
  • Jean-Marc Valle, C.R.A.Z.Y (film available to view in the Resource Centre)
  • Frederick Cooper, Colonialism in Question: Theory, Knowledge, History (2005)
  • Patrick Corcoran, The Cambridge Introduction to Francophone Literature (2007)
  • Frantz Fanon, Peau noire, masques blancs (1952)
  • Edward Said, Orientalism (1978)

Language: This module is taught in English and all texts are available in English 

Assessment Proportions

  • Assessed seminar presentation: 10%
  • 2500 word essay: 30%
  • Exam: 60%

DELC351: Literature and Fame in Contemporary Germany

  • Terms Taught: Lent/Summer Terms only.
  • US Credits: 4 semester credits
  • ECTS Credits: 8 ECTS

Course Description

What’s it like to be a famous author in today's media-driven world? This module examines the different cultural and political expectations placed on high-profile German authors from the 1960s to the present. It analyses a range of sources from press-cuttings (both the gutter press and intellectual weeklies) to the internet. Alongside these, it considers the different strategies developed by well-known authors for responding to this interest in both their private personae and their public function. Discussion will focus on the strategies of self-presentation they have developed: in the spheres of the media and in their writing. The module examines relevant theories of media and literary communication (dealing with ideas of fame and cultural capital) and develops a methodological framework to underpin our critical analysis of the authors and their work.

Language: This module is taught in English, but most texts are only available in German, so a working knowledge of the language is required.

Educational Aims

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

  • discuss fame as a critical concept in the post-war German realm;
  • discuss authorship as a critical concept in the post-war German realm;
  • analyse how key post-war German-language authors have dealt with their fame and the concept of fame more generally;
  • discuss the wider context in which literary celebrity exists in Germany and explain how this context has changed over the last fifty years.
  • engage at an in-depth level with a range of contemporary German literary texts;
  • engage at an in-depth level with a range of critical theory
  • construct detailed arguments about literary texts that allow for historical change
  • conceptualise authorship

Outline Syllabus

Indicative syllabus:

  • Wk 1: The Gruppe 47 and the Author as Media Event
  • Wks 2/3: Elfriede Jelinek and the Author as Fetish Böll-prize speech, 1983; Nobel prize speech, 2007
  • Wks 4/5: Günter Grass and the Author as Nobel Winner Im Krebsgang (Crabwalk, 2002)
  • Wks 6/7: Daniel Kehlmann and the Author as Shooting Star Die Vermessung der Welt (Measuring the World, 2005); Ruhm (2009)
  • Wks 8/9: Herta Müller and the Author as Contested National Celebrity Cristina und ihre Attrappe; Nobel prize speech
  • Wk 10: Revision

Assessment Proportions

  • Coursework 40%
  • Exam 60%

DELC352: Images of Austria: National Identity and Cultural Representation

  • Terms Taught: Michaelmas Term only
  • US Credits: 4 semester credits
  • ECTS Credits: 8 ECTS credits
  • Pre-requisites: Language: this module is taught in English, but since primary texts are in German, a good level of German is required  

Course Description

Is Austrian national identity really best understood by listening to Mozart, watching The Sound of Music, or holidaying in the Alps?This module examines Austrian national identity as manifested and debated in cultural representations. Against a backdrop of post-war Austrian history, you will analyse ways in which texts and cultural phenomena endorse, promote, or criticise and undercut accepted notions of Austrian identity. The module will familiarise you with a range of what might be called ‘flashpoints’ in the history of the Second Republic – spanning its baptism as the ‘first victim of Hitlerite aggression’ in 1943, to its international pariah status following the 2000 coalition government with an extreme right political party.

Educational Aims

  • Students will have acquired outline factual knowledge and understanding of Austrian postwar politics, culture and society. 
  • They will have studied a number of representative cultural 'texts' in more detail and have developed an understanding of how these represent, criticise, or simply help to construct particular dimensions of Austrian national identity and history. 
  • In addition to engaging with cultural material as manifestations of a national identity, students will continue to apply traditional critical tools of interpretation. 
  • A further group of learning outcomes will therefore include the assimilation of secondary source materials, the development of appropriate research skills and the practice of oral and written communication skills.

Outline Syllabus

This module examines Austrian national identity as manifested and debated in cultural representations. Students will analyse ways in which texts and cultural phenomena present and critique accepted notions of Austrian identity. Material will be considered for its intervention in key debates in Austrian history and will be drawn from the following media: drama, essay and journalistic articles, as well as websites and secondary literature on topics such as sport, food, music, and Austrian German. 

Assessment Proportions

  • Essay(s): 30%
  • Presentation (Assessed): 10%
  • Exam: 60%

DELC364: Latin America and Spain on Film: Violence and Masculinities

  • Terms Taught: Michaelmas Term only.
  • US Credits: 4 semester credits
  • ECTS Credits: 8 ECTS credits

Course Description

Violence is a consistent feature of the cinemas of Spain and Latin America. The vast majority of violent acts in Latin American and Spanish films are carried out by men, raising specific concerns about the representation of links between men and violence on film. This module looks at key motifs as well as broader themes such as the absent patriarch and depictions of the male body. Students will examine representations of different kinds of violence, including structural, psychological and political violence. You will be expected to discuss the connections made between these and the masculinities with which they are associated. To this end, theoretical support will be given throughout towards current ideas about masculinities and violence in both sociology and cultural studies. 

Educational Aims

On successful completion of this module students will be able to...

  • contextualise Spanish and Latin American films by placing them in their appropriate historical settings and by understanding the relationship between those historical settings and the films concerned. 
  • apply their historical contextualisation with an understanding of theories of violence and masculinities.   
  • analyse these films with due reference to the cinematic contexts for each country (eg. censorship, strength of film industry, availability and sources of capital etc.), using appropriate film terminology and critically engaging with existing interpretations of the corpus of films 
  • present material on film, learning to juggle effectively stills, secondary sources, dialogue and their own analyses.  
  • examine cultural products or texts in socio-historical contexts 

Outline Syllabus

The module will consist of two introductory weeks, the first consisting of two lectures on the main themes of the module, the second a case study of a film by a Spanish director on street violence amongst children in Mexico City (Los olvidados).

There will then be 8 weeks of study of four separate strands, each strand consisting of two weeks study of two films. The strands are:

  • Structural Violence,
  • Crash Cinemas,
  • Gender Violence,
  • Boys and Men.

The second hour of the second week of each strand will consist of presentations by students either individually, in pairs or in groups of three. The films are in Spanish or Portuguese with English subtitles. The vast majority of secondary texts are in English and the teaching is also in English. 

Assessment Proportions

  • Essay(s): 30%
  • Presentation (Assessed): 10%
  • Exam: 60%

DELC365: Game of (Spanish) Thrones: Treachery, War and Exile in Spanish Poetry (13th-20th c.)

  • Terms Taught: Lent/Summer Terms only.
  • US Credits: 4 semester credits
  • ECTS Credits: 8 ECTS

Course Description

This final year module will be driven by the comparison of masterpieces of Spanish poetry from the 13th to the 20th century with the events of a current TV show, Game of Thrones (HBO), which in turn is based on George R. R. Martin's contemporary epic fantasy narrative, Song of Ice and Fire. The purpose of this comparison is to consider how some patterns and stereotypes related to the past, some of which are achieving success in both the TV show and the contemporary novels by Martin, have also been responsible for the success of a number of works that today are considered as classics of Spanish poetry. Students need not have watched Game of Thrones previously, nor have read Martin’s novels. Time will be dedicated in class to explaining the visual elements of this show and considering how these must be compared with the assigned readings.

The outline below gives the general parameters of the material to be covered, indicating texts and secondary sources that students are required to read each week. Articles and texts for this module will be provided by the module tutor via Moodle. Students will engage in the study of the socio-historical events and features of Spanish society, as well as the literary mechanisms of each one of the texts. It is essential to understand the dynamic of these events in order to better understand the texts we shall read during this module.

Educational Aims

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

  • Identify historically and culturally significant influences on Spain
  • Describe past and current political and social problems of Spain
  • Analyse poetic works in depth
  • Understand the cultural, social and historical context of the literary works and periods studied
  • Be aware of the profound transformations of Spanish culture and their impact in Spanish poetry
  • Achieve the knowledge and skills needed in order to analyse Spanish worldview in comparison and contrast with their own

Outline Syllabus

Topics and texts may include:

Week 1

  • 1.1.- Introduction to the Module: A Quick Survey of Works and Authors (Gómez Moreno, “Literatura española”)
  • 1.2- How to Analyse Spanish Poetry: Verses, Stanzas and Rhymes (Perea Rodríguez, “Literary Analysis”)

Week 2

  • 2.1.- Treachery to Lord Stark: The Legend of La Cava and Count Don Julián (Alfonso X, Estoria de España)
  • 2.2.- Text: Romance de La Cava

Week 3

  • 3.1.- The Hand of the King has been Beheaded: Álvaro de Luna and his fate (Perea Rodríguez, “Álvaro de Luna”)
  • 3.2.- Text: Coplas de la muerte de su padre, by Jorge Manrique

Week 4

  • 4.1.- Medieval Minstrels’ Dangerous Life: Hernando de Vera’s Poem against King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella (Perea Rodríguez “Conversos en los cancioneros” 204-10)
  • 4.2.- Text: Coplas del tabefe (Anonymous)

Week 5

  • 5.1.- “I’m no lady”: Brienne of Tarth’s Sword and Saint Teresa’s Pen (Ramos López, “Mysticism as a Key Concept”)
  • 5.2.- Text: Santa Teresa de Jesús, “Vivo sin vivir en mí”

Week 6

  • 6.1.- Winterfell Has Been Taken! The Fall of the Spanish Empire (Rodríguez Rodríguez, “Observaciones a la poesía de Quevedo”)
  • 6.2.- Text: Francisco de Quevedo, “Miré los muros de la patria mía”

Week 7

  • 7.1.- The World Beyond the Wall: John Snow and Federico García Lorca (Alonso, “Lorca’s Life in New York”)
  • 7.2.- Text: García Lorca, “La aurora de Nueva York”

Week 8

  • 8.1.- Special workshop: How to write a good essay
  • 8.2.- Peer-to-Peer Review Session

Week 9

  • 9.1.- What’s So Civil About War Anyway?: Medieval Westeros and Contemporary Spain (Perea Rodríguez, “Cultural Approach to the Spanish Civil War”)
  • 9.2.- Text: Miguel Hernández, “Para la libertad”

Week 10

  • 10.1.- The Winding Road of Exile (Ugarte, Shifting Ground, 78-95)
  • 10.2.- Text: Antonio Machado, “Proverbios y cantares”

Assessment Proportions

  • Discussion Forum: 10%
  • Essay: 30%

  • Exam: 60%

FREN100: Part I French Studies (Beginners to CEFR: A2)

  • Terms Taught: Full Year module
  • Also Available:
    • Michaelmas Term only
    • NOTE:  If you are studying with us for a Full Academic Year and you select a module that has full year and part year variants, you will not be allowed to take only part of the module.
  • US Credits:
    • Full Year module - 10 US semester credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 4 US semester credits
  • ECTS Credits:
    • Full Year module - 20 ECTS credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 8 ECTS credits
  • Pre-requisites: None; evidence of language-learning ability; entry at A1 level within the Common European Framework  of Reference(CEFR)

Course Description

If you have never learnt French, this module is for you. It provides an intensive introduction to the language and will equip you grammatically and linguistically for further study. The module covers reading, writing, the foundations of grammar, plus speaking and listening skills for four hours per week. In addition, weekly or fortnightly lectures and seminars will focus on French culture and its European context. Assessment of language is by written and oral examination in the Summer term in conjunction with coursework and regular assessments in class. Language in context is also assessed by examination and coursework.

Educational Aims

The module is devised to enable you to:

  • speak, understand read and write the relevant language at a A2 level in the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)
  • develop your understanding of the principles of grammar (in  both English and the relevant language)
  • develop techniques and strategies in learning a language
  • develop your confidence in using the language in various settings
  • acquire initial awareness of current affairs in the country where the language is spoken

Outline Syllabus

This module combines work in French Language with a History, Culture and Identity module that looks at how key moments in French history have shaped contemporary French culture (film, plays, novels etc.).

The language component of FREN100 is an intensive module which takes students from beginners' level to high A2/B1 level standard in 25 weeks of study. There are four language seminars per week, of which at least one is normally conducted by a French native speaker. Tutorials are based on a textbook, and emphasis is placed on the acquisition of vocabulary and a firm grasp of French grammatical structures. Listening and speaking skills are developed under the guidance of French native speakers using audio and video materials. In addition, one independent language hour is dedicated to computer-based exercises.

Assessment is divided between coursework and examination. Language coursework assessments during the yearinclude a wide variety of speaking, listening and written exercises. Culture is assessed by coursework and examination. Marks received for these are combined with the June examination marks in spoken and written language to produce the overall result.

Students are encouraged to watch French films on DVD/television or at the cinema, to visit French-speaking countries during the vacation, and to take every opportunity of listening to and speaking the language.

Assessment Proportions

  • Coursework: 40%
  • Exam: 60%

FREN101: Part I French Studies (Advanced/CEFR: B1)

  • Terms Taught: Full Year module
  • Also Available:
    • Michaelmas Term only
    • NOTE:  If you are studying with us for a Full Academic Year and you select a module that has full year and part year variants, you will not be allowed to take only part of the module.
  • US Credits:
    • Full Year module - 10 US semester credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 4 US semester credits
  • ECTS Credits:
    • Full Year module - 20 ECTS credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 8 ECTS credits
  • Pre-requisites: Good French language; entry at B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Course Description

If you already have a good knowledge of the language, this module is designed to help you achieve higher levels of oral fluency and written accuracy while extending your knowledge of 20th century literature, thought and history. You will attend three hours of language seminars per week. In addition, weekly or fortnightly lectures and seminars will focus on French culture and its European context. Assessment of language is by written and oral examination in the Summer term in conjunction with coursework and regular assessments in class. Culture is also assessed by examination and coursework.

Educational Aims

To consolidate and develop language skills already acquired at Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B1:

  • to enable you to speak and write accurately in French at an advanced level and to acquire advanced skills in reading and listening comprehension.
  • to reinforce and expand the knowledge of French grammar, and increase your awareness of the way English works so that you can make comparisons.
  • to enable and encourage you to learn about and appreciate the relevant contemporary culture and to form (and express in target language ) your own views on certain topics and issues.
  • to assist you to improve your ability to learn a language and to absorb information systematically and to contribute to your personal, social and cognitive development.

Outline Syllabus

The Part I module in French Studies at Lancaster combines work in French Language with a History, Culture and Identity module that looks at how key moments in French history have shaped contemporary French culture (film, plays, novels etc.).

The FREN101 module will give you the opportunity to undertake a range of language work that will consolidate your work in the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) B level, taking you from B1 through to high B1/B2. The module will focus on equipping you with an understanding of language necessary for more advanced study. There are three language seminars per week, of which at least one is normally conducted by a French native speaker. Tutorials are based on a textbook, and emphasis is placed on the acquisition of vocabulary and a firm grasp of French grammatical structures. Listening and speaking skills are developed under the guidance of French native speakers using audio and video materials.

Assessment is divided between coursework and examination. There are six language coursework assessments during the year, comprising a wide variety of speaking, listening and written exercises. Marks received for these are combined with the June examination marks in spoken and written language to produce the overall result. Culture is assessed by coursework and examination.

Students are encouraged to watch French films on DVD/television or at the cinema, to visit French-speaking countries during the vacation, and to take every opportunity of listening to and speaking the language.

Assessment Proportions

  • Coursework: 40%
  • Exam: 60%

FREN200: French Language: Oral Skills (CEFR: B2)

  • Terms Taught: Full Year module
  • Also Available:
    • Michaelmas Term only
    • NOTE:  If you are studying with us for a Full Academic Year and you select a module that has full year and part year variants, you will not be allowed to take only part of the module.
  • US Credits:
    • Full Year module - 4 US semester credits.
    • Michaelmas Term only - 2 US semester credits.
  • ECTS Credits:
    • Full Year module- 8 ECTS credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 4 ECTS credits
  • Pre-requisites:
    • This module must be taken with FREN201:  French Language:  Written Skills
    • Extensive French language; entry is at high A2/B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Course Description

Modules 200 (oral and aural skills) and 201 (written and reading skills) are two integrated components of the module that cannot be taken independently. The general aim of the 200/201 module, comprising three hours per week, is to consolidate and build on the linguistic skills already acquired. Assessment is by coursework, regular assessments in class and an end of year written and oral examination.

Educational Aims

FREN200 and  FREN201 aim to:

  •  enhance students' comprehension of the spoken language, as it is used both in relatively formal speech, and in everyday "real-life" situations of the kind that one will encounter in French-speaking countries
  • develop both general and accurate listening comprehension skills, especially via exposure to radio or television programmes, to introduce computer-based aids and resources for language learning
  • develop good, accurate pronunciation and intonation as well as fluency, accuracy of grammar and vocabulary when speaking and writing the language
  • encourage expression of views, articulate arguments and foster confident conversational work
  • equip students with vocabulary, phrases and appropriate structures
  • enhance students' ability to understand and translate texts accurately from a variety of (mainly contemporary) sources, and to explore characteristic features of different styles and registers
  • increase awareness of the structure and variation of the language studied
  • develop sensitivity to a range of stylistic norms and varieties
  • help students read, comprehend and summarise the language accurately, in a variety of texts
  • improve the knowledge of grammar
  • produce written target language that is fluent, expressive, well-formed and grammatically accurate for this level
  • enhance students' understanding and awareness of some of the current issues in French-speaking countries

Outline Syllabus

The FREN200 element comprises of oral and aural skills and is taken with the FREN201 element, the writing and reading skills. The units cannot be taken separately. FREN200/201 consists of three hours per week covering oral and listening skills as well as grammar, translation and writing skills.

FREN200/201 will consolidate and build on the linguistic skills already acquired and equip students with the level of competence and confidence they will require in order to familiarize themselves with the culture and the society of countries where French is spoken. The module aims to enhance students' linguistic proficiency, with particular emphasis on speaking and listening (prepared and spontaneous) in a range of formal and semi-formal settings. It will also focus on reading a variety of sources and on writing fluently and accurately in the language, in a variety of registers . A systematic study of the vocabulary, grammar and syntax of the language forms a specific component of the module. Contemporary written and audio-visual materials in French are used throughout the module.

The module also aims to broaden and deepen students' knowledge and understanding of different aspects of modern society, politics and culture, and contemporary issues and institutions. It is expected that students studying on the FREN200/201 modules will attain a high B2 level (Independent User/Vantage) in the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

The module also aims to broaden and deepen students' knowledge and understanding of different aspects of modern society, politics and culture, and contemporary issues and institutions. It is expected that students studying on the FREN200/201 modules will attain a B2 level (Independent User/Vantage) in the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Assessment Proportions

  • Coursework: 40%
  • Exam: 60%

FREN200i: French Language: Oral skills (post-Beginners/CEFR: B1))

  • Terms Taught: Full Year module
  • Also Available:
    • Michaelmas Term only
    • NOTE:  If you are studying with us for a Full Academic Year and you select a module that has full year and part year variants, you will not be allowed to take only part of the module.
  • US Credits:
    • Full Year module - 4 US semester credits.
    • Michaelmas Term only - 2 US semester credits.
  • ECTS Credits:
    • Full Year module - 8 ECTS credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 4 ECTS credits
  • Pre-requisites:
    • This module must be taken in conjunction with FREN201i
    • Good French language; entry is at high A2/B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Course Description

Modules 200i (oral and aural skills) and 201i (written and reading skills) are two integrated components of the module that cannot be taken independently. The general aim of the 200i/201i module, comprising four hours per week, is to consolidate and build on the linguistic skills already acquired. Assessment is by coursework, regular assessments in class and an end of year written and oral examination.

Educational Aims

FREN200i and FREN201i aim to:

  • enhance students' comprehension of the spoken language, as it is used both in relatively formal speech, and in everyday "real-life" situations of the kind that one will encounter in French-speaking countries
  • develop both general and accurate listening comprehension skills, especially via exposure to radio or television programmes, to introduce computer-based aids and resources for language learning
  • develop good, accurate pronunciation and intonation as well as fluency, accuracy of grammar and vocabulary when speaking and writing the language
  • encourage expression of views, articulate arguments and foster confident conversational work
  • equip students with vocabulary, phrases and appropriate structures
  • enhance students' ability to understand and translate texts accurately from a variety of (mainly contemporary) sources, and to explore characteristic features of different styles and registers
  • increase awareness of the structure and variation of the language studied
  • develop sensitivity to a range of stylistic norms and varieties
  • help students read, comprehend and summarise the language accurately, in a variety of texts
  • improve the knowledge of grammar
  • produce written target language that is fluent, expressive, well-formed and grammatically accurate for this level
  • enhance students' understanding and awareness of some of the current issues in French-speaking countries

Outline Syllabus

The FREN200i (Intensive) element comprises the oral and aural skills and is taken with the FREN201i element; writing and reading skills. FREN200i/201i consists of 4 hours/week covering oral and listening skills as well as grammar, translation and writing skills.

The general aim of FREN200i is to consolidate and build on the linguistic skills acquired in the first year and to equip students with the level of competence and confidence they will require in order to familiarize themselves with the culture and the society of countries where their studied language is spoken.

The module aims to enhance students' linguistic proficiency; with particular emphasis on speaking and listening (prepared and spontaneous) in a range of formal and semi-formal settings. 

A systematic study of the vocabulary, grammar and syntax of the language forms a specific component of the module. Contemporary written and audio-visual materials in the L2 language are used throughout the module.

The module also aims to broaden and deepen students' knowledge and understanding of different aspects of modern society, politics and culture, and contemporary issues and institutions and to prepare students for residence abroad.

It is expected that students studying on the FREN200i/201i modules wishing to attain a good (2.i/first) level will have elements of B1 (Independent User/Threshold level) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Assessment Proportions

  • Coursework: 40%
  • Exam: 60%

FREN201: French Language: Written Skills (CEFR: B2)

  • Terms Taught: Full Year module
  • Also Available:
    • Michaelmas Term only
    • NOTE:  If you are studying with us for a Full Academic Year and you select a module that has full year and part year variants, you will not be allowed to take only part of the module.
  • US Credits:
    • Full Year module - 4 semester credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 2 semester credits
  • ECTS Credits:
    • Full Year module - 8 ECTS credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 4 ECTS credits
  • Pre-requisites:
    • This module must be taken in conjunction with FREN200 French Language: Oral Skills
    • Extensive French language; entry is at high B1/B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Course Description

Modules 200 (oral and aural skills) and 201 (written and reading skills) are two integrated components of the module that cannot be taken independently. The general aim of the 200/201 module, comprising three hours per week,is to consolidate and build on the linguistic skills already acquired. The module aims to enhance your linguistic proficiency, with particular emphasis on speaking and listening (prepared and spontaneous) in a range of formal and semi-formal settings. A systematic study of the vocabulary, grammar and syntax of the language forms a specific component of the module. Contemporary written and audio-visual materials in the target language are used throughout the module. The module also aims to broaden and deepen your knowledge and understanding of different aspects of modern society, politics and culture, and contemporary issues and institutions

Assessment is by coursework, regular assessments in class and an end of year written and oral examination.

Educational Aims

FREN200 and  FREN201 aim to:

  • enhance students' comprehension of the spoken language, as it is used both in relatively formal speech, and in everyday "real-life" situations of the kind that one will encounter in French-speaking countries
  • develop both general and accurate listening comprehension skills, especially via exposure to radio or television programmes, to introduce computer-based aids and resources for language learning
  • develop good, accurate pronunciation and intonation as well as fluency, accuracy of grammar and vocabulary when speaking and writing the language
  • encourage expression of views, articulate arguments and foster confident conversational work
  • equip students with vocabulary, phrases and appropriate structures
  • enhance students' ability to understand and translate texts accurately from a variety of (mainly contemporary) sources, and to explore characteristic features of different styles and registers
  • increase awareness of the structure and variation of the language studied
  • develop sensitivity to a range of stylistic norms and varieties
  • help students read, comprehend and summarise the language accurately, in a variety of texts
  • improve the knowledge of grammar
  • produce written target language that is fluent, expressive, well-formed and grammatically accurate for this level
  • enhance students' understanding and awareness of some of the current issues in French-speaking countries

Outline Syllabus

The FREN200 element comprises of oral and aural skills and is taken with the FREN201 element, the writing and reading skills. The units cannot be taken separately. FREN200/201 consists of three hours per week covering oral and listening skills as well as grammar, translation and writing skills.

FREN200/201 will consolidate and build on the linguistic skills already acquired and equip students with the level of competence and confidence they will require in order to familiarize themselves with the culture and the society of countries where French is spoken. The module aims to enhance students' linguistic proficiency, with particular emphasis on speaking and listening (prepared and spontaneous) in a range of formal and semi-formal settings. It will also focus on reading a variety of sources and on writing fluently and accurately in the language, in a variety of registers. A systematic study of the vocabulary, grammar and syntax of the language forms a specific component of the module. Contemporary written and audio-visual materials in French are used throughout the module.

The module also aims to broaden and deepen students' knowledge and understanding of different aspects of modern society, politics and culture, and contemporary issues and institutions. It is expected that students studying on the FREN200/201 modules will attain a B2 level (Independent User/Vantage) in the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Assessment Proportions

  • Coursework: 40%
  • Exam: 60%

FREN201i: French Language: Written Skills (post-Beginners/CEFR: B1)

  • Terms Taught: Full Year module
  • Also Available:
    • Michaelmas Term only
    • NOTE:  If you are studying with us for a Full Academic Year and you select a module that has full year and part year variants, you will not be allowed to take only part of the module.
  • US Credits:
    • Full Year module - 4 US semester credits.
    • Michaelmas Term only - 2 US semester credits.
  • ECTS Credits:
    • Full Year module - 8 ECTS credits.
    • Michaelmas Term only - 4 ECTS credits.
  • Pre-requisites:
    • This module must be taken in conjunction with FREN200i
    • Good French language; entry is at high A2/B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Course Description

Modules 200i (oral and aural skills) and 201i (written and reading skills) are two integrated components of the module that cannot be taken independently. The general aim of the 200i/201i module, comprising four hours per week, is to consolidate and build on the linguistic skills already acquired. Assessment is by coursework, regular assessments in class and an end of year written and oral examination.

Educational Aims

FREN200 & FREN201 aim to:

  • enhance students' comprehension of the spoken language, as it is used both in relatively formal speech, and in everyday "real-life" situations of the kind that one will encounter in French-speaking countries
  • develop both general and accurate listening comprehension skills, especially via exposure to radio or television programmes, to introduce computer-based aids and resources for language learning
  • develop good, accurate pronunciation and intonation as well as fluency, accuracy of grammar and vocabulary when speaking and writing the language
  • encourage expression of views, articulate arguments and foster confident conversational work
  • equip students with vocabulary, phrases and appropriate structures
  • enhance students' ability to understand and translate texts accurately from a variety of (mainly contemporary) sources, and to explore characteristic features of different styles and registers
  • increase awareness of the structure and variation of the language studied
  • develop sensitivity to a range of stylistic norms and varieties
  • help students read, comprehend and summarise the language accurately, in a variety of texts
  • improve the knowledge of  grammar
  • produce written target language that is fluent, expressive, well-formed and grammatically accurate for this level
  • enhance students' understanding and awareness of some of the current issues in French-speaking countries

Outline Syllabus

The FREN201i element comprises of the writing and reading skills and is taken with the FREN200i element; oral and aural skills. These units cannot be taken separately.  FREN200i/201i consists of 4 hours/week covering oral and listening skills as well as grammar, translation and writing skills.

The general aim of FREN201i is to consolidate and build on the linguistic skills acquired in the first year and to equip students with the level of competence and confidence they will require in order to familiarize themselves with the culture and the society of countries where their studied language is spoken.

The module aims to enhance students' linguistic proficiency; with particular emphasis on reading a variety of sources and writing fluently and accurately in the language, in a variety of registers.

A systematic study of the vocabulary, grammar and syntax of the language forms a specific component of the module. Contemporary written and audio-visual materials in the L2 language are used throughout the module.

The module also aims to broaden and deepen students' knowledge and understanding of different aspects of modern society, politics and culture, and contemporary issues and institutions and to prepare students for residence abroad.

It is expected that students studying on the FREN200i/201i modules wishing to attain a good (2.i/first) level will have elements of B1 (Independent User/Threshold level) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Assessment Proportions

  • Coursework: 40%
  • Exam: 60%

FREN233: Shaping Contemporary France: Culture, Politics and the Legacy of History

  • Terms Taught: Full Year module
  • US Credits: 4 semester credits
  • ECTS Credits: 8 ETCS credits

Course Description

This module is designed to help students deepen their understanding of the culture, history and politics of the contexts in which French is spoken. It will provide an overview of key aspects of French culture and will introduce students to influential thinkers and cultural products (films, novels, poetry) and invite reflection on how contemporary France has been shaped by its past.

Educational Aims

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

  • read fluently and understand a variety of French texts
  • show understanding of the major political, social and cultural events of French history, and their significance in relation to contemporary French, Francophone and European culture
  • demonstrate awareness of how social, political and cultural factors have interacted in the module of French history, shaping contemporary French society
  • demonstrate the capacity to synthesise, analyse and present, orally and in writing, in relation to France, Europe and the Francophone world
  • demonstrate the ability to apply what they have learned to the analysis of texts other than the ones that form an integral part of the module (e.g. texts studied in DELC option modules)

Outline Syllabus

This module is divided into four topic areas comprising of the following: 

  • Language and linguistic heritage- this topic covers the evolution of French language from a dialect to a national language, explains the relationship between written and spoken language, and shows language variety: argot, verlan and francophonie
  • Urban Space - This topic explains how the Situationists, Dadaists, Surrealists, Le Corbusier and Henri Lefebvre influenced urbanism.

  • Education - This topic covers the development of education in France and the Francophone world, and the challenges facing the contemporary French education system.

  • Digital space – This topic focuses on the impact of digital technology on French society in the context of a globalised world.

Assessment Proportions

  • Coursework: 40%
  • Exam: 60%

FREN300: French Language: Oral Skills (CEFR: C1/C2)

  • Terms Taught: Full Year module
  • Also Available:
    • Michaelmas Term only
    • NOTE:  If you are studying with us for a Full Academic Year and you select a module that has full year and part year variants, you will not be allowed to take only part of the module.
  • US Credits:
    • Full Year module - 4 semester credits
    • Michaelmas Term only- 2 semester credits
  • ECTS Credits:
    • Full Year module - 8 ECTS credits
    • Michaelmas Term only- 4 ECTS credits
  • Pre-requisites:
    • This module must be taken in conjunction with FREN301
    • Extensive French language; entry is at C1 on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Course Description

Modules 300 (oral and aural skills) and 301 (written and reading skills) are two integrated components of the module that cannot normally be taken independently. NB: native speakers should take the written component (FREN301) only. The modules consist of three hours tuition per week, taught in the target language, often by a native speaker. Both the oral and written components cover topics of cultural and contemporary interest, with a particular focus on translation from and into the target language. Assessment is by coursework, regular assessments in class and an end of year written and oral examination.

Educational Aims

The module aims to:

  • enable and encourage students to learn about current affairs in French-speaking countries and to form and express (in French) their own views on certain topics and issues

  • increase their awareness of society and culture of contemporary French-speaking countries

  • encourage students to explore, and become familiar with, different areas of the culture of French-speaking countries

  • extend students’ knowledge and competence in the French language

  • enable students to speak French at a level as close as possible to near-native standard and to acquire equivalent skills in oral and written language by increasing vocabulary, grammatical accuracy in spoken French and improve pronunciation and intonation

  • encourage the progressive integration of authentic, idiomatic structures into the spoken language

  • equip students with the strategies for presenting critical ideas and defending them effectively to different audiences.

Outline Syllabus

Normally, FREN300 and FREN301 cannot be taken independently. Both the oral (FREN300) and the written language (FREN301) modules focus on particular topics of cultural and contemporary interest. Together they consist of 3 hours tuition per week. The general aim of FREN300 is to maintain the momentum and progress achieved during the second year and the year abroad and to bring intellectual rigour and critical awareness to the content of the spoken language.

By the end of the module, students should not only have developed an informed interest in the society and culture of the French speaking world, but they should also have acquired near-native abilities both in written and spoken language (C1/C2 of the Common European Framework of Reference, CEFR).

Assessment Proportions

  • Coursework: 40%
  • Exam: 60%

FREN301: French Language: Written Skills (CEFR: C1/C2)

  • Terms Taught: Full Year module
  • Also Available: Michaelmas Term only
    • NOTE:  If you are studying with us for a Full Academic Year and you select a module that has full year and part year variants, you will not be allowed to take only part of the module.
  • US Credits:
    • Full Year module - 4 semester credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 2 semester credits
  • ECTS Credits:
    • Full Year module - 8 ECTS credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 4 ECTS credits
  • Pre-requisites:
    • This module must be taken in conjunction with FREN300
    • Extensive French language; entry is at C1 on the Common European Framework (f Reference (CEFR).

Course Description

The module has two main aims. Firstly to enhance students' linguistic proficiency with particular reference to: (a) the understanding of spoken and written French in a variety of registers and dealing with a range of contemporary issues; (b) the speaking of French (prepared and spontaneous) in a range of formal and semi-formal settings; (c) the writing of French (notes, reports, summaries, essays, projects etc.) including from and into French; and (d) the systematic study of French lexis, grammar and syntax. Secondly, it aims to increase students' awareness, knowledge and understanding of contemporary French-speaking countries.

Educational Aims

The module aims to:

  • enable and encourage students to learn about current affairs in France and to form and express (in French) their own views on certain topics and issues
  • increase their awareness of society and culture of contemporary France
  • encourage students to explore, and become familiar with, different areas of French culture
  • extend students knowledge and competence in the French language
  • enable students to speak French at a level as close as possible to near-native standard and to acquire equivalent skills in oral and written language by increasing vocabulary, grammatical accuracy in spoken French and improve pronunciation and intonation
  • encourage the progressive integration of authentic, idiomatic structures into the spoken language
  • prioritise accuracy in written language highlight the value of authenticity both when constructing students own style in writing in French as well as when rendering French into English
  • further improve writing skills by aiming at greater fluency, grammatical accuracy, use of idiomatic French and appropriate style
  • further improve reading skills by dealing with complex authentic texts, by identifying register, styles and idiomatic language
  • further improve translation skills from L2 to L1
  • further improve translation skills from L1 to L2
  • further improve summary writing skills
  • develop critical commentary writing skill
  • integrate ideas and issues relating to contemporary French society and thus reinforce language as a vehicle for greater cross-cultural awareness
  • enhance cultural background knowledge by mainly working with topical newspapers and magazine articles
  • develop an analytical and critical attitude when dealing with ideas and issues in the foreign language

Outline Syllabus

Normally, FREN300 and FREN301 cannot be taken independently. Both the oral (FREN300) and the written language (FREN301) modules focus on particular topics of cultural and contemporary interest. Together they consist of 3 hours tuition per week. The general aim is to build on the enthusiasm and expertise garnered during the second year and the year abroad whilst channelling this enthusiasm and expertise quite consciously towards improving your French language skills even further.

By the end of the module, students should not only have developed an informed interest in the society and culture of the French-speaking world, but they should also have acquired near-native abilities both in written and spoken language (C1/C2 of the Common European Framework of Reference, CEFR).

Assessment Proportions

  • Coursework: 40%
  • Exam: 60%

GERM100: Part I German Studies (Beginners to CEFR: A2)

  • Terms Taught: Full Year module.
  • Also Available:
    • Michaelmas Term only.
    • NOTE:  If you are studying with us for a Full Academic Year and you select a module that has full year and part year variants, you will not be allowed to take only part of the module.
  • US Credits:
    • Full Year module- 10 US semester credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 4 US semester credits
  • ECTS Credits:
    • Full Year module - 20 ECTS credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 8 ECTS credits
  • Pre-requisites: none; evidence of language-learning ability; entry at A1 level within the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Course Description

If you have never learnt German, this module is for you. It provides an intensive introduction to the language and will equip you grammatically and linguistically for further study. The module covers reading, writing, the foundations of grammar, plus speaking and listening skills for four hours per week. In addition, weekly or fortnightly lectures and seminars will focus on the country's culture and its European context. Assessment of language is by written and oral examination in the Summer term in conjunction with coursework and regular assessments in class. Culture is also assessed by examination and coursework.

Educational Aims

This intensive module is devised to enable you to:

  • speak, understand read and write the relevant language at A2 level in the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)
  • develop your understanding of the principles of grammar (in both English and the relevant language)
  • develop techniques and strategies in learning a language
  • develop your confidence in using the language in various settings
  • acquire initial awareness of current affairs in the country where the language is spoken

Outline Syllabus

This module combines work in German Language with a History, Culture and Identity module that looks at how key moments in German history have shaped contemporary German culture (film, plays, novels etc.).

The language component of GERM 100 is an intensive module of study which takes students from beginners' level to high A2/B1 level standard in 25 weeks of study. There are four language seminars per week, of which at least one is normally conducted by a German native speaker. Tutorials are based on a textbook, and emphasis is placed on the acquisition of vocabulary and a firm grasp of German grammatical structures. Listening and speaking skills are developed under the guidance of German native speakers using audio and video materials. In addition, one independent language hour is dedicated to computer-based exercises.

Assessment is divided between coursework and examination. Language coursework assessments during the yearinclude a wide variety of speaking, listening and written exercises. Culture is assessed by coursework and examination. Marks received for these are combined with the June examination marks in spoken and written language to produce the overall result.

Students are encouraged to watch German films on DVD/television or at the cinema, to visit German-speaking countries during the vacation, and to take every opportunity of listening to and speaking the language.

Assessment Proportions

  • Coursework: 40%
  • Exam: 60%

GERM101: Part I German Studies (Advanced/CEFR: B1)

  • Terms Taught: Full Year module.  
  • Also Available:
    • Michaelmas Term only.
    • NOTE:  If you are studying with us for a Full Academic Year and you select a module that has full year and part year variants, you will not be allowed to take only part of the module.
  • US Credits:
    • Full Year module - 10 US semester credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 4 US semester credits
  • ECTS Credits:
    • Full Year module - 20 ECTS credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 8 ECTS credits
  • Pre-requisites: Good French/German/Spanish language; entry at B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Course Description

If you already have a good knowledge of the language, this modules is designed to help you achieve higher levels of oral fluency and written accuracy while extending your knowledge of twentieth century literature, thought and history. You will attend three hours of language seminars per week. In addition, weekly or fortnightly lectures and seminars will focus on Germany’s culture and its European context. Assessment of language is by written and oral examination in the Summer term in conjunction with coursework and regular assessments in class. Culture is also assessed by examination and coursework.

Educational Aims

The module aims to:

  • consolidate and develop language skills already acquired at CEFR level B1
  • enable you to speak and write accurately in German at an advanced level and to acquire advanced skills in reading and listening comprehension
  • reinforce and expand the knowledge of German grammar, and increase your awareness of the way English works so that you can make comparisons
  • enable and encourage you to learn about and appreciate the relevant contemporary culture and to form (and express in target language) your own views on certain topics and issues
  • assist you to improve your ability to learn a language and to absorb information systematically and to contribute to your personal, social and cognitive development

Outline Syllabus

Normally, GERM300 and GERM301 cannot be taken independently. Both the oral (GERM300) and the written language (GERM301) modules focus on particular topics of cultural and contemporary interest. Together they consist of 3 hours tuition per week. The general aim is to build on the enthusiasm and expertise garnered during the second year and the year abroad whilst channelling this enthusiasm and expertise quite consciously towards improving your German language skills even further.

By the end of the module, students should not only have developed an informed interest in the society and culture of the German-speaking world, but they should also have acquired near-native abilities both in written and spoken language (C1/C2 of the Common European Framework of Reference, CEFR).

Assessment Proportions

  • Coursework: 40%
  • Exam: 60%

GERM200: German Language: Oral Skills (CEFR: B2)

  • Terms Taught: Full Year module.
  • Also Available:
    • Michaelmas Term only.
    • NOTE:  If you are studying with us for a Full Academic Year and you select a module that has full year and part year variants, you will not be allowed to take only part of the module.
  • US Credits:
    • Full Year module - 4 semester credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 2 semester credits
  • ECTS Credits:
    • Full Year module - 8 ECTS credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 4 ECTS credits
  • Pre-requisites:
    • This module must be taken in conjunction with GERM201
    • Extensive German language; entry is at high B1/B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). 
     

Course Description

Modules 200 (oral and aural skills) and 201 (written and reading skills) are two integrated components of the module that cannot be taken independently. The general aim of the GERM200/201 module, comprising three hours per week, is to consolidate and build on the linguistic skills already acquired. Assessment is by coursework, regular assessments in class and an end of year written and oral examination.

Educational Aims

GERM200  and GERM201 aim to:

  • enhance students' comprehension of the spoken language, as it is used both in relatively formal speech, and in everyday "real-life" situations of the kind that one will encounter in German-speaking countries
  • develop both general and accurate listening comprehension skills, especially via exposure to radio or television programmes, to introduce computer-based aids and resources for language learning
  • develop good, accurate pronunciation and intonation as well as fluency, accuracy of grammar and vocabulary when speaking and writing the language
  • encourage expression of views, articulate arguments and foster confident conversational work
  • equip students with vocabulary, phrases and appropriate structures
  • enhance students' ability to understand and translate texts accurately from a variety of (mainly contemporary) sources, and to explore characteristic features of different styles and registers
  • increase awareness of the structure and variation of the language studied
  • develop sensitivity to a range of stylistic norms and varieties
  • help students read, comprehend and summarise the language accurately, in a variety of texts
  • improve the knowledge of grammar
  • produce written target language that is fluent, expressive, well-formed and grammatically accurate for this level
  • enhance students' understanding and awareness of some of the current issues in German-speaking countries

Outline Syllabus

The GERM200 element comprises of oral and aural skills and is taken with the GERM201 element, the writing and reading skills. The units cannot be taken separately. GERM200/201 consists of three hours per week covering oral and listening skills as well as grammar, translation and writing skills.

GERM200/201 will consolidate and build on the linguistic skills already acquired and equip students with the level of competence and confidence they will require in order to familiarize themselves with the culture and the society of countries where German is spoken. The module aims to enhance students' linguistic proficiency, with particular emphasis on speaking and listening (prepared and spontaneous) in a range of formal and semi-formal settings. It will also focus on on reading a variety of sources and on writing fluently and accurately in the language, in a variety of registers . A systematic study of the vocabulary, grammar and syntax of the language forms a specific component of the module. Contemporary written and audio-visual materials in German are used throughout the module.

The module also aims to broaden and deepen students' knowledge and understanding of different aspects of modern society, politics and culture, and contemporary issues and institutions. It is expected that students studying on the GERM200/201 modules will attain a B2 level (Independent User/Vantage) in the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Assessment Proportions

  • Coursework: 40%
  • Exam: 60%

GERM200i: German Language: Oral Skills (post-Beginners/CEFR: B1)

  • Terms Taught: Full Year module.
  • Also Available:
    • Michaelmas Term only.
    • NOTE:  If you are studying with us for a Full Academic Year and you select a module that has full year and part year variants, you will not be allowed to take only part of the module.
  • US Credits:
    • Full Year module - 4 US semester credits.
    • Michaelmas Term only - 2 US semester credits.
  • ECTS Credits:
    • Full Year module - 8 ECTS credits.
    • Michaelmas Term only - 4 ECTS credits.
  • Pre-requisites:
    • This module must be taken in conjunction with GERM201i.
    • Good German language; entry is at high A2/B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Course Description

Modules 200i (oral and aural skills) and 201i (written and reading skills) are two integrated components of the module that cannot be taken independently. The general aim of the GERM200i/201i module, comprising four hours per week, is to consolidate and build on the linguistic skills already acquired. Assessment is by coursework, regular assessments in class and an end of year written and oral examination.

Educational Aims

GERM200i and GERM201i aim to:

  • enhance students' comprehension of the spoken language, as it is used both in relatively formal speech, and in everyday "real-life" situations of the kind that one will encounter in German-speaking countries.
  • develop both general and accurate listening comprehension skills, especially via exposure to radio or television programmes, to introduce computer-based aids and resources for language learning.
  • develop good, accurate pronunciation and intonation as well as fluency, accuracy of grammar and vocabulary when speaking the language
  • encourage expression of views, articulate arguments and foster confident conversational and written work
  • equip students with vocabulary, phrases and appropriate structures
  • familiarise students with current topics
  • enhance students' ability to understand and translate texts accurately from a variety of (mainly contemporary) sources, and to explore characteristic features of different styles and registers
  • increase awareness of the structure and variation of the language studied
  • develop sensitivity to a range of stylistic norms and varieties
  • help students read, comprehend and summarise the language accurately, in a variety of texts
  • improve the knowledge of grammar
  • produce written target language that is fluent, expressive, well-formed and grammatically accurate for this level
  • enhance students' understanding and awareness of some of the current issues in German-speaking countries

Outline Syllabus

The GERM200i (Intensive) element comprises the oral and aural skills and is taken with the GERM201i element; writing and reading skills. GERM200i/201i consists of 4 hours/week covering oral and listening skills as well as grammar, translation and writing skills.

The general aim of GERM200i is to consolidate and build on the linguistic skills acquired in the first year and to equip students with the level of competence and confidence they will require in order to familiarize themselves with the culture and the society of countries where their studied language is spoken.

The module aims to enhance students' linguistic proficiency; with particular emphasis on speaking and listening (prepared and spontaneous) in a range of formal and semi-formal settings. 

A systematic study of the vocabulary, grammar and syntax of the language forms a specific component of the module. Contemporary written and audio-visual materials in the L2 language are used throughout the module.

The module also aims to broaden and deepen students' knowledge and understanding of different aspects of modern society, politics and culture, and contemporary issues and institutions and to prepare students for residence abroad.

It is expected that students studying on the GERM200i/201i modules wishing to attain a good (2.i/first) level will have elements of B1 (Independent User/Threshold level) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Assessment Proportions

  • Coursework: 40%
  • Exam: 60%

GERM201: German Language: Written Skills (CEFR: B2)

  • Terms Taught: Full Year module.
  • Also Available:
    • Michaelmas Term only.
    • NOTE:  If you are studying with us for a Full Academic Year and you select a module that has full year and part year variants, you will not be allowed to take only part of the module.
  • US Credits:
    • Full Year module - 4 semester credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 2 semester credits
  • ECTS Credits:
    • Full Year module - 8 ECTS credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 4 ECTS credits
  • Pre-requisites:
    • This module must be taken in conjunction with GERM200
    • Extensive German language; entry is at high B1/B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Course Description

Modules 200 (oral and aural skills) and 201 (written and reading skills) are two integrated components of the module that cannot be taken independently. The general aim of the 200/201 module, comprising three hours per week, is to consolidate and build on the linguistic skills already acquired. Assessment is by coursework, regular assessments in class and an end of year written and oral examination.

Educational Aims

GERM200 and GERM201 aim to:

  • enhance students' comprehension of the spoken language, as it is used both in relatively formal speech, and in everyday "real-life" situations of the kind that one will encounter in German-speaking countries
  • develop both general and accurate listening comprehension skills, especially via exposure to radio or television programmes, to introduce computer-based aids and resources for language learning
  • develop good, accurate pronunciation and intonation as well as fluency, accuracy of grammar and vocabulary when speaking and writing the language
  • encourage expression of views, articulate arguments and foster confident conversational work
  • equip students with vocabulary, phrases and appropriate structures
  • enhance students' ability to understand and translate texts accurately from a variety of (mainly contemporary) sources, and to explore characteristic features of different styles and registers
  • increase awareness of the structure and variation of the language studied
  • develop sensitivity to a range of stylistic norms and varieties
  • help students read, comprehend and summarise the language accurately, in a variety of texts
  • improve the knowledge of grammar
  • produce written target language that is fluent, expressive, well-formed and grammatically accurate for this level
  • enhance students' understanding and awareness of some of the current issues in German-speaking countries

Outline Syllabus

The GERM200 element comprises of oral and aural skills and is taken with the GERM201 element, the writing and reading skills. The units cannot be taken separately. GERM200/201 consists of three hours per week covering oral and listening skills as well as grammar, translation and writing skills.

GERM200/201 will consolidate and build on the linguistic skills already acquired and equip students with the level of competence and confidence they will require in order to familiarize themselves with the culture and the society of countries where German is spoken. The module aims to enhance students' linguistic proficiency, with particular emphasis on speaking and listening (prepared and spontaneous) in a range of formal and semi-formal settings. It will also focus on on reading a variety of sources and on writing fluently and accurately in the language, in a variety of registers . A systematic study of the vocabulary, grammar and syntax of the language forms a specific component of the module. Contemporary written and audio-visual materials in German are used throughout the module.

The module also aims to broaden and deepen students' knowledge and understanding of different aspects of modern society, politics and culture, and contemporary issues and institutions. It is expected that students studying on the GERM200/201 modules will attain a B2 level in the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Assessment Proportions

  • Coursework: 40%
  • Exam: 60%

GERM201i: German Language: Written Skills (Post-Beginners/CEFR: B1)

  • Terms Taught: Full Year module.
  • Also Available:
    • Michaelmas Term only.
    • NOTE:  If you are studying with us for a Full Academic Year and you select a module that has full year and part year variants, you will not be allowed to take only part of the module.
  • US Credits:
    • Full Year module - 4 US semester credits.
    • Michaelmas Term only - 2 US semester credits.
  • ECTS Credits:
    • Full Year module - 8 ECTS credits.
    • Michaelmas Term only - 4 ECTS credits.
  • Pre-requisites:
    • This module must be taken in conjunction with GERM200i
    • Good German language; entry is at high A2/B1 of the Common European Framework (CEFR).

Course Description

Modules 200i (oral and aural skills) and 201i (written and reading skills) are two integrated components of the module that cannot be taken independently. The general aim of the 200i/201i module, comprising four hours per week, is to consolidate and build on the linguistic skills already acquired. Assessment is by coursework, regular assessments in class and an end of year written and oral examination.

Educational Aims

GERM200i and GERM201i aim to:

  • enhance students' comprehension of the spoken language, as it is used both in relatively formal speech, and in everyday "real-life" situations of the kind that one will encounter in German-speaking countries.
  • develop both general and accurate listening comprehension skills, especially via exposure to radio or television programmes, to introduce computer-based aids and resources for language learning.
  • develop good, accurate pronunciation and intonation as well as fluency, accuracy of grammar and vocabulary when speaking the language
  • encourage expression of views, articulate arguments and foster confident conversational and written work
  • equip students with vocabulary, phrases and appropriate structures
  • familiarise students with current topics
  • enhance students' ability to understand and translate texts accurately from a variety of (mainly contemporary) sources, and to explore characteristic features of different styles and registers
  • increase awareness of the structure and variation of the language studied
  • develop sensitivity to a range of stylistic norms and varieties
  • help students read, comprehend and summarise the language accurately, in a variety of texts
  • improve the knowledge of grammar
  • produce written target language that is fluent, expressive, well-formed and grammatically accurate for this level
  • enhance students' understanding and awareness of some of the current issues in German-speaking countries

Outline Syllabus

The GERM201i element comprises of the writing and reading skills and is taken with the GERM200i element; oral and aural skills. These units cannot be taken separately.  GERM200i/201i consists of 4 hours/week covering oral and listening skills as well as grammar, translation and writing skills.

The general aim of GERM201i is to consolidate and build on the linguistic skills acquired in the first year and to equip students with the level of competence and confidence they will require in order to familiarize themselves with the culture and the society of countries where their studied language is spoken.

The module aims to enhance students' linguistic proficiency; with particular emphasis on reading a variety of sources and writing fluently and accurately in the language, in a variety of registers.

A systematic study of the vocabulary, grammar and syntax of the language forms a specific component of the module. Contemporary written and audio-visual materials in the L2 language are used throughout the module.

The module also aims to broaden and deepen students' knowledge and understanding of different aspects of modern society, politics and culture, and contemporary issues and institutions and to prepare students for residence abroad.

It is expected that students studying on the GERM200i/201i modules wishing to attain a good (2.i/first) level will have elements of B1 (Independent User/Threshold level) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Assessment Proportions

  • Coursework: 40%
  • Exam: 60%

GERM233: Becoming German: Post-War German-language, Culture and Identities

  • Terms Taught: Full Year module
  • US Credits: 4 semester credits
  • ECTS Credits: 8 ECTS credits

Course Description

This module explores selected aspects of modern German identity-formation through different kinds of text. Each of the four themes focuses on a specific topic and a specific text-type; each set of texts will be located in their social and historical contexts. The timeframe is predominantly twentieth/twenty-first century. Occasionally, themes can take us back to the late eighteenth or nineteenth century to explore some of the roots of contemporary German identity. Lectures and seminars will be mainly conducted in English. Texts will be studied in German as far as possible but will also be available in English translation, where necessary. Detailed language work on text extracts will also be incorporated into GERM 200/201 and GERM 200i/201i. 

Educational Aims

The module aims to:

  • develop students' knowledge and understanding of the written and spoken German language
  • provide students with an insight into some of the major social and cultural factors shaping the development of German identity (collective and individual) over the last century
  • introduce students to key concepts and methods in the interpretation of different kinds of text in their socio-historical context
  • develop students' capacity to reflect on the relationship between present-day Germany and its recent past

Outline Syllabus

What has it meant to be German since the country was left in ruins at the end of World War II? Introducing students to key debates about the country's fascist past, East-West relations, and the changing understanding of gender roles from the 1950s to the present, this module is designed to help deepen students understanding of the contemporary German-speaking world while systematically enhancing their skills of cultural analysis in diverse media. The module will introduce students to the prose fiction of two highly controversial Nobel laureates, Günter Grass and Elfriede Jelinek, as well as exploring ways of analysing newspaper texts, popular ballads, short stories, and film. The texts we will study are united by their common concern with the identity issues raised by the fast-changing society in which they are set, and they use a fascinating array of techniques to provoke, challenge, and entertain. The main aim of the module is twofold: to build students reading knowledge of German while giving them a flavour of the rich cultural output that has defined the German-speaking realm over the past sixty years.

Assessment Proportions

  • Coursework: 40%
  • Exam: 60%

GERM300: German Language Oral Skills (CEFR: C1/C2)

  • Terms Taught: Full Year module.
  • Also Available:
    • Michaelmas Term only.
    • NOTE:  If you are studying with us for a Full Academic Year and you select a module that has full year and part year variants, you will not be allowed to take only part of the module.
  • US Credits:
    • Full Year module - 4 semester credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 2 semester credits
  • ECTS Credits:
    • Full Year module - 8 ECTS credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 4 ECTS credits
  • Pre-requisites:
    • This module must be taken in conjunction with GERM301
    • Extensive German language; entry is at C1 on the Common European Framework of Rederence (CEFR).

Course Description

Modules 300 (oral and aural skills) and 301 (written and reading skills) are two integrated components of the module that cannot normally be taken independently. [NB: native speakers should take the written component (GERM301) only.] This module consists of three hours tuition per week, taught in the target language, often by a native speaker. Both the oral and written components cover topics of cultural and contemporary interest, with a particular focus on translation from and into the target language. Assessment is by coursework, regular assessments in class and an end of year written and oral examination.

Educational Aims

The module aims to:

  • enable and encourage students to learn about current affairs in German-speaking countries and to form and express (in German) their own views on certain topics and issues

  • increase their awareness of society and culture of contemporary German-speaking countries 

  • encourage students to explore, and become familiar with, different areas of the culture of German-speaking countries

  • extend students’ knowledge and competence in the German language

  • enable students to speak German at a level as close as possible to near-native standard and to acquire equivalent skills in oral and written language by increasing vocabulary, grammatical accuracy in spoken German and improve pronunciation and intonation

  • encourage the progressive integration of authentic, idiomatic structures into the spoken language

  • equip students with the strategies for presenting critical ideas and defending them effectively to different audiences.

Outline Syllabus

Normally, GERM300 and GERM301 cannot be taken independently. Both the oral (GERM300) and the written language (GERM301) modules focus on particular topics of cultural and contemporary interest. Together they consist of 3 hours tuition per week. The general aim of GERM300 is to maintain the momentum and progress achieved during the second year and the year abroad and to bring intellectual rigour and critical awareness to the content of the spoken language.

By the end of the module, students should not only have developed an informed interest in the society and culture of the German speaking world, but they should also have acquired near-native abilities both in written and spoken language (C1/C2 of the Common European Framework of Reference, CEFR).

Assessment Proportions

  • Coursework: 40%
  • Exam: 60%

GERM301: German Language Written Skills (CEFR C1/C2)

  • Terms Taught: Full Year module.
  • Also Available:
    • Michaelmas Term only.
    • NOTE:  If you are studying with us for a Full Academic Year and you select a module that has full year and part year variants, you will not be allowed to take only part of the module.
  • US Credits:
    • Full Year module - 4 semester credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 2 semester credits
  • ECTS Credits:
    • Full Year module - 8 ECTS credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 4 ECTS credits
  • Pre-requisites:
    • This module must be taken in conjunction with GERM300
    • Extensive German language; entry is at C1 on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Course Description

The module has two main aims. Firstly to enhance students' linguistic proficiency with particular reference to: (a) the understanding of spoken and written German in a variety of registers and dealing with a range of contemporary issues; (b) the speaking of German (prepared and spontaneous) in a range of formal and semi-formal settings; (c) the writing of German (notes, reports, summaries, essays, projects etc.) including from and into German; and (d) the systematic study of German lexis, grammar and syntax. Secondly, it aims to increase students' awareness, knowledge and understanding of contemporary German-speaking countries.

Educational Aims

The module aims to:

  • prioritise accuracy in written language
  • highlight the value of authenticity both when constructing students own style in writing in German as well as when rendering German into English
  • further improve writing skills by aiming at greater fluency, grammatical accuracy, use of idiomatic German and appropriate style
  • further improve reading skills by dealing with complex authentic texts, by identifying register, styles and idiomatic language
  • further improve translation skills from L2 to L1
  • further improve translation skills from L1 to L2
  • develop critical commentary writing skill
  • integrate ideas and issues relating to contemporary German society and thus reinforce language as a vehicle for greater cross-cultural awareness
  • enhance cultural background knowledge by mainly working with topical newspapers and magazine articles
  • develop an analytical and critical attitude when dealing with ideas and issues in the foreign language

Outline Syllabus

Normally, GERM 300 and GERM 301 cannot be taken independently. Both the oral (GERM300) and the written (GERM301) language modules focus on particular topics of cultural and contemporary interest. Together they consist of three hours tuition per week. GERM300/301 will focus on maintaining the momentum and progress already achieved and to bring intellectual rigour and critical awareness to the content of the spoken language, and improving students German language skills even further.

By the end of the module, students should not only have developed an informed interest in the society and culture of the German speaking world, but they should also have acquired near native abilities both in written and spoken language (C1/C2 of the Common European Framework of Reference, CEFR).

Assessment Proportions

  • Coursework: 40%
  • Exam: 60%

ITAL100: Part I Italian Studies (Beginners to CEFR: A2)

  • Terms Taught: Full Year module.
  • Also Available:
    • Michaelmas Term only.
    • NOTE:  If you are studying with us for a Full Academic Year and you select a module that has full year and part year variants, you will not be allowed to take only part of the module.
  • US Credits:
    • Full Year module - 10 US semester credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 4 US semester credits
  • ECTS Credits:
    • Full Year module - 20 ECTS credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 8 ECTS credits
  • Pre-requisites: none; evidence of language-learning ability; entry at A1 level within the Common European Framework of Reference(CEFR).

Course Description

If you have never learnt Italian, this module is for you. It provides an intensive introduction to the language and will equip you grammatically and linguistically for further study. The module covers reading, writing, the foundations of grammar, plus speaking and listening skills for four hours per week. Assessment of language is by written and oral examination in the Summer term in conjunction with coursework and regular assessments in class. 

Educational Aims

This intensive module is devised to enable you to:

  • speak, understand read and write the relevant language at a A2 level in the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)
  • develop your understanding of the principles of grammar (in both English and the relevant language)
  • develop techniques and strategies in learning a language
  • develop your confidence in using the language in various settings
  • acquire initial awareness of current affairs in the country where the language is spoken

Outline Syllabus

ITAL 100 is an intensive module of study which takes students from beginners' level to Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) A2 level standard in 25 weeks of study. There are four language seminars per week including one class devoted entirely to the acquisition and development oral skills.

Tutorials are based on a textbook and emphasis is placed on the acquisition of vocabulary and an understanding and competence in the use of a range of Italian grammatical structures. Topics relating to Italian culture are integrated within the language seminars. One independent language hour is dedicated to computer-based exercises.

Assessment is divided between coursework and examination. Language coursework assessments during the yearinclude a wide variety of speaking, listening and written exercises. Marks received for these are combined with the June examination marks in spoken and written language to produce the overall result. Students are encouraged to watch Italian films on DVD/television or at the cinema, to visit Italian-speaking countries during the vacation, and to take every opportunity of reading, listening to and speaking the language.

Assessment Proportions

  • Coursework: 40%
  • Exam: 60%

ITAL200i: Italian Language: Oral skills (post Beginners /CEFR: B1)

  • Terms Taught: Full Year module.
  • Also Available:
    • Michaelmas Term only.
    • NOTE:  If you are studying with us for a Full Academic Year and you select a module that has full year and part year variants, you will not be allowed to take only part of the module.
  • US Credits:
    • Full Year module - 4 US semester credits.
    • Michaelmas Term only - 2 US semester credits.
  • ECTS Credits:
    • Full Year module - 8 ECTS credits.
    • Michaelmas Term only - 4 ECTS credits.
  • Pre-requisites:
    • This module must be taken in conjunction with ITAL201i
    • Good French/German/Italian/Spanish language; entry is at high A2/B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Course Description

Modules 200i (oral and aural skills) and 201i (written and reading skills) are two integrated components of the module that cannot be taken independently. The general aim of the ITAL200i/201i module, comprising four hours per week, is to consolidate and build on the linguistic skills already acquired. Assessment is by coursework, regular assessments in class and an end of year written and oral examination.

Educational Aims

ITAL200i and ITAL201i aim to:

  • enhance students' comprehension of the spoken language, as it is used both in relatively formal speech, and in everyday "real-life" situations of the kind that one will encounter in Italian-speaking countries
  • develop both general and accurate listening comprehension skills, especially via exposure to radio or television programmes, to introduce computer-based aids and resources for language learning
  • develop good, accurate pronunciation and intonation as well as fluency, accuracy of grammar and vocabulary when speaking the language
  • encourage expression of views, articulate arguments and foster confident conversational and written work
  • equip students with vocabulary, phrases and appropriate structures
  • familiarise students with current topics
  • enhance students' ability to understand and translate texts accurately from a variety of (mainly contemporary) sources, and to explore characteristic features of different styles and registers
  • increase awareness of the structure and variation of the language studied
  • develop sensitivity to a range of stylistic norms and varieties
  • help students read, comprehend and summarise the language accurately, in a variety of texts
  • improve the knowledge of grammar
  • produce written target language that is fluent, expressive, well-formed and grammatically accurate for this level
  • enhance students' understanding and awareness of some of the current issues in Italian-speaking countries

Outline Syllabus

The ITAL200i (Intensive) element comprises the oral and aural skills and is taken with the ITAL201i element; writing and reading skills. ITAL200i/201i consists of 4 hours/week covering oral and listening skills as well as grammar, translation and writing skills.

The general aim of ITAL200i is to consolidate and build on the linguistic skills acquired in the first year and to equip students with the level of competence and confidence they will require in order to familiarize themselves with the culture and the society of countries where their studied language is spoken.

The module aims to enhance students' linguistic proficiency; with particular emphasis on speaking and listening (prepared and spontaneous) in a range of formal and semi-formal settings. 

A systematic study of the vocabulary, grammar and syntax of the language forms a specific component of the module. Contemporary written and audio-visual materials in the L2 language are used throughout the module.

The module also aims to broaden and deepen students' knowledge and understanding of different aspects of modern society, politics and culture, and contemporary issues and institutions and to prepare students for residence abroad.

It is expected that students studying on the ITAL200i/201i modules wishing to attain a good (2.i/first) level will have elements of B1 (Independent User/Threshold level) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Assessment Proportions

  • Coursework: 40%
  • Exam: 60%

ITAL201i: Italian Language: Written skills (post Beginners /CEFR: B1)

  • Terms Taught: Full Year module.
  • Also Available:
    • Michaelmas term only.
    • NOTE:  If you are studying with us for a Full Academic Year and you select a module that has full year and part year variants, you will not be allowed to take only part of the module.
  • US Credits:
    • Full Year module - 4 semester credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 2 semester credits
  • ECTS Credits:
    • Full Year module - 8 ECTS credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 4 ECTS credits
  • Pre-requisites:
    • This module must be taken in conjunction with ITAL200i
    • Good Italian language; entry is at high A2/B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Course Description

Modules 200i (oral and aural skills) and 201i (written and reading skills) are two integrated components of the module that cannot be taken independently. The general aim of the ITAL200i/201i module, comprising four hours per week, is to consolidate and build on the linguistic skills already acquired. Assessment is by coursework, regular assessments in class and an end of year written and oral examination.

Educational Aims

ITAL200i and  ITAL201i aim to:

  • enhance students' comprehension of the spoken language, as it is used both in relatively formal speech, and in everyday "real-life" situations of the kind that one will encounter in Italian-speaking countries
  • develop both general and accurate listening comprehension skills, especially via exposure to radio or television programmes, to introduce computer-based aids and resources for language learning
  • develop good, accurate pronunciation and intonation as well as fluency, accuracy of grammar and vocabulary when speaking the language
  • encourage expression of views, articulate arguments and foster confident conversational and written work
  • equip students with vocabulary, phrases and appropriate structures
  • familiarise students with current topics
  • enhance students' ability to understand and translate texts accurately from a variety of (mainly contemporary) sources, and to explore characteristic features of different styles and registers
  • increase awareness of the structure and variation of the language studied
  • develop sensitivity to a range of stylistic norms and varieties
  • help students read, comprehend and summarise the language accurately, in a variety of texts
  • improve the knowledge of grammar
  • produce written target language that is fluent, expressive, well-formed and grammatically accurate for this level
  • enhance students' understanding and awareness of some of the current issues in Italian-speaking countries

Outline Syllabus

The ITAL201i element comprises of the writing and reading skills and is taken with the ITAL200i element; oral and aural skills. These units cannot be taken separately.  ITAL200i/201i consists of 4 hours/week covering oral and listening skills as well as grammar, translation and writing skills.

The general aim of ITAL201i is to consolidate and build on the linguistic skills acquired in the first year and to equip students with the level of competence and confidence they will require in order to familiarize themselves with the culture and the society of countries where their studied language is spoken.

The module aims to enhance students' linguistic proficiency; with particular emphasis on reading a variety of sources and writing fluently and accurately in the language, in a variety of registers.

A systematic study of the vocabulary, grammar and syntax of the language forms a specific component of the module. Contemporary written and audio-visual materials in the L2 language are used throughout the module.

The module also aims to broaden and deepen students' knowledge and understanding of different aspects of modern society, politics and culture, and contemporary issues and institutions and to prepare students for residence abroad.

It is expected that students studying on the ITAL200i/201i modules wishing to attain a good (2.i/first) level will have elements of B1 (Independent User/Threshold level) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Assessment Proportions

  • Coursework: 40%
  • Exam: 60%

ITAL300i: Italian language: Oral and Aural skills (CEFR: B2)

  • Terms Taught: Full Year module.
  • Also Available:
    • Michaelmas Term only.
    • NOTE:  If you are studying with us for a Full Academic Year and you select a module that has full year and part year variants, you will not be allowed to take only part of the module.
  • US Credits:
    • Full Year module- 4 semester credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 2 semester credits
  • ECTS Credits:
    • Full Year module - 8 ECTS
    • Michaelmas Term only - 4 ECTS
  • Pre-requisites:
    • This module must be taken in conjunction with ITAL301i
    • Extensive Italian language; entry is at B2 on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Course Description

Modules 300i (oral and aural skills) and 301i (written and reading skills) are two integrated components of the module that cannot normally be taken independently. This module consists of three hours tuition per week, taught in the target language, mostly by a native speaker. Both the oral and written components cover topics of cultural and contemporary interest, with a particular focus on translation from and into the target language. Assessment is by coursework, regular assessments in class and an end of year written and oral examination.

Educational Aims

The module aims to:

  • develop students' abilities to speak accurately in Italian at an advanced level, which includes conveying factual information, expressing ideas and opinions, describing and narrating events, and to develop a wider-ranging vocabulary, including idiomatic expressions and different registers
  • develop students' abilities to listen to extracts of radio or television programmes, and to understand both their general gist and many specific details
  • develop students' abilities to speak Italian accurately and fluently, with good pronunciation, and be able to sustain oral presentations
  • enable and encourage students to learn about and appreciate the contemporary culture of Italy and to form (and express in Italian)their own views on certain topics and issues

Outline Syllabus

Normally, ITAL 300i and ITAL 301i cannot be taken independently. Both the oral (ITAL300i) and the written (ITAL301i) language modules focus on particular topics of cultural and contemporary interest. Together they consist of three hours tuition per week.

This module involves the study of current affairs, social and cultural issues through discussion, debate, role play, and drawing on written, visual and audio materials. Students are encouraged to draw on a range of reference sources, including dictionaries, online resources and grammar books to support their learning.

The precise syllabus is changed every year to reflect current affairs in Italy. Materials are taken from a range of sources such as newspapers, magazines and videos.By the end of the module, students should not only have developed an informed interest in the society and culture of the Italian speaking world, but they should also have acquired near native abilities both in written and spoken language (B2/C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference, CEFR).

Assessment Proportions

  • Coursework: 40%
  • Exam: 60%

ITAL301i: Italian Language: Written and Reading Skills (CEFR: B2)

  • Terms Taught: Full Year module.
  • Also Available:
    • Michaelmas Term only.
    • NOTE:  If you are studying with us for a Full Academic Year and you select a module that has full year and part year variants, you will not be allowed to take only part of the module.
  • US Credits:
    • Full Year module - 4 semester credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 2 semester credits
  • ECTS Credits:
    • Full Year module - 8 ECTS
    • Michaelmas Term only - 4 ECTS
  • Pre-requisites:
    • This module must be taken in conjunction with ITAL300i
    • Extensive Italian language; entry is at B2 on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Course Description

Modules 300i (oral and aural skills) and 301i (written and reading skills) are two integrated components of the module that cannot normally be taken independently. This module consists of three hours tuition per week, taught in the target language, mostly by a native speaker. Both the oral and written components cover topics of cultural and contemporary interest, with a particular focus on translation from and into the target language. Assessment is by coursework, regular assessments in class and an end of year written and oral examination.

Educational Aims

The module aims to:

  • consolidate and develop language skills already acquired in year 2 (Common European Framework of Reference, CEFR B1), to consolidate level B1 (threshold) level and make inroads into B2 level.

  • enable students to write accurately in Italian at an advanced level and to acquire advanced skills in reading comprehension.

  • reinforce and expand the knowledge of Italian grammar, and increase awareness of the way English works so that students can make comparisons.

  • enable and encourage students to learn about and appreciate contemporary Italian culture and to form (and express in Italian ) their own views on certain topics and issues.

  • improve their ability to learn a language, to absorb information systematically and to contribute to their personal, social and cognitive development.

  • read both news and feature articles taken from the press and extracts from novels and to understand the information or argument(s) presented.

  • understand contemporary literary prose and texts that consist mainly of topic-related language.

  • translate into English and into Italian with good accuracy.

Outline Syllabus

Normally, ITAL 300i and ITAL 301i cannot be taken independently. Both the oral (ITAL300i) and the written (ITAL301i) language modules focus on particular topics of cultural and contemporary interest. Together they consist of three hours tuition per week.

Students will develop their translation skills into and out of Italian, through a variety of activities, including comparison of their own translations with published ones, discussion of translation techniques, and self-correction. They will also work on improving their writing skills and undertake independent reading in order to support grammar revision and expansion. All parts of the module are based on a variety of authentic texts.By the end of the module, students should not only have developed an informed interest in the society and culture of the Italian speaking world, but they should also have acquired near native abilities both in written and spoken language (B2/C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference, CEFR).

Assessment Proportions

  • Coursework: 40%
  • Exam: 60%

SPAN100: Part I Spanish Studies (Beginners to CEFR: A2)

  • Terms Taught: Full Year module.
  • Also Available:
    • Michaelmas Term only.
    • NOTE:  If you are studying with us for a Full Academic Year and you select a module that has full year and part year variants, you will not be allowed to take only part of the module.
  • US Credits:
    • Full Year module - 10 US semester credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 4 semester credits
  • ECTS Credits:
    •  Full Year module- 20 ECTS credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 8 ECTS credits  
  • Pre-requisites:
    • none; evidence of language-learning ability; entry at A1 level within the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Course Description

If you have never learnt Spanish this module is for you. It provides an intensive introduction to the language and will equip you grammatically and linguistically for further study. The module covers reading, writing, the foundations of grammar, plus speaking and listening skills for four hours per week. In addition, weekly or fortnightly lectures and seminars will focus on the country's culture and its European context. Assessment of language is by written and oral examination in the Summer term in conjunction with coursework and regular assessments in class. Culture is also assessed by examination and coursework.

Educational Aims

This Module is devised to enable you to:

  • speak, understand read and write the relevant language at A2 level in the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).
  • develop your understanding of the principles of grammar (in  both English and the relevant language)
  • develop techniques and strategies in learning a language
  • develop your confidence in using the language in various settings
  • acquire initial awareness of current affairs in the country where the language is spoken

Outline Syllabus

This module combines work in Spanish Language with a History, Culture and Identity module that looks at how key moments in Spanish history have shaped contemporary Spanish culture (film, plays, novels etc.).

The language component of SPAN 100 is an intensive module of study which takes students from beginners' level to high A2/B1 level standard in 25 weeks of study. There are four language seminars per week, of which at least one is normally conducted by a Spanish native speaker. Tutorials are based on a textbook, and emphasis is placed on the acquisition of vocabulary and a firm grasp of Spanish grammatical structures. Listening and speaking skills are developed under the guidance of Spanish native speakers using audio and video materials. In addition, one independent language hour is dedicated to computer-based exercises.

Assessment is divided between coursework and examination. Language coursework assessments during the yearinclude a wide variety of speaking, listening and written exercises. Culture is assessed by coursework and examination. Marks received for these are combined with the June examination marks in spoken and written language to produce the overall Part I result.

Students are encouraged to watch Spanish films on DVD/television or at the cinema, to visit Spanish-speaking countries during the vacation, and to take every opportunity of listening to and speaking the language.

Assessment Proportions

  • Coursework: 40%
  • Exam: 60%

SPAN101: Part I Spanish Studies (Advanced/CEFR: B1)

  • Terms Taught: Full Year module.
  • Also Available:
    • Michaelmas Term only.
    • NOTE:  If you are studying with us for a Full Academic Year and you select a module that has full year and part year variants, you will not be allowed to take only part of the module.
  • US Credits:
    • Full Year module - 10 US semester credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 4 US semester credits
  • ECTS Credits:
    • Full Year module - 20 ECTS credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 8 ECTS credits
  • Pre-requisites: Good Spanish language; entry at B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference(CEFR).

Course Description

If you already have a good knowledge of the language, this module is designed to help you achieve higher levels of oral fluency and written accuracy while extending your knowledge of twentieth century literature, thought and history. You will attend three hours of language classes per week. In addition, weekly or fortnightly lectures and seminars will focus on Spanish culture and its European context. Assessment of language is by written and oral examination in the Summer term in conjunction with coursework and regular assessments in class. Culture is also assessed by examination and coursework.

Educational Aims

The module aims to:

  • consolidate and develop language skills already acquired at 'A'/ 'A/S' level (in Council of Europe framework terms, you will be a B category independent user, and consolidate level B1 (threshold) level and make inroads into B2 (vantage) level
  • enable you to speak and write accurately in Spanish at an advanced level and to acquire advanced skills in reading and listening comprehension
  • reinforce and expand the knowledge of Spanish grammar, and increase your awareness of the way English works so that you can make comparisons
  • enable and encourage you to learn about and appreciate the relevant contemporary culture and to form (and express in target language ) your own views on certain topics and issues
  • assist you to improve your ability to learn a language and to absorb information systematically and to contribute to your personal, social and cognitive development

Outline Syllabus

This module in Spanish Studies at Lancaster combines work in Spanish Language with a History, Culture and Identity module that looks at how key moments in Spanish history have shaped contemporary Spanish culture (film, plays, novels etc.).

The SPAN101 module will give you the opportunity to undertake a range of language work that will consolidate your work in Common European Framework of Reference, CEFR B (Independent User) level, taking you from B1 Threshold through to high B1/B2 Vantage level. The module will focus on equipping you with an understanding of language necessary for more advanced study. There are three language classes per week, of which at least one is normally conducted by a Spanish native speaker. Tutorials are based on a textbook, and emphasis is placed on the acquisition of vocabulary and a firm grasp of Spanish grammatical structures. Listening and speaking skills are developed under the guidance of Spanish native speakers using audio and video materials.

Assessment is divided between coursework and examination. There are six language coursework assessments during the year, comprising a wide variety of speaking, listening and written exercises. Marks received for these are combined with the June examination marks in spoken and written language to produce the overall Part I result. Culture is assessed by coursework and examination.

Students are encouraged to watch Spanish films on DVD/television or at the cinema, to visit Spanish-speaking countries during the vacation, and to take every opportunity of listening to and speaking the language.

Assessment Proportions

  • Coursework: 40%
  • Exam: 60%

SPAN200: Spanish Language: Oral Skills (CEFR: B2)

  • Terms Taught: Full Year module.
  • Also Available:
    • Michaelmas Term only.
    • NOTE:  If you are studying with us for a Full Academic Year and you select a module that has full year and part year variants, you will not be allowed to take only part of the module.
  • US Credits:
    • Full Year module - 4 semester credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 2 semester credits
  • ECTS Credits:
    • Full Year module - 8 ECTS credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 4 ECTS credits
  • Pre-requisites:
    • This module must be taken in conjunction with SPAN201
    • Extensive Spanish language; entry is at high B1/B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Course Description

Modules 200 (oral and aural skills) and 201 (written and reading skills) are two integrated components of the module that cannot be taken independently. The general aim of the SPAN200/201 module, comprising three hours per week, is to consolidate and build on the linguistic skills already acquired. Assessment is by coursework, regular assessments in class and an end of year written and oral examination.

Educational Aims

SPAN200 and SPAN201 aim to:

  • enhance students' comprehension of the spoken language, as it is used both in relatively formal speech, and in everyday "real-life" situations of the kind that one will encounter in Spanish-speaking countries
  • develop both general and accurate listening comprehension skills, especially via exposure to radio or television programmes, to introduce computer-based aids and resources for language learning
  • develop good, accurate pronunciation and intonation as well as fluency, accuracy of grammar and vocabulary when speaking and writing the language
  • encourage expression of views, articulate arguments and foster confident conversational work
  • equip students with vocabulary, phrases and appropriate structures
  • enhance students' ability to understand and translate texts accurately from a variety of (mainly contemporary) sources, and to explore characteristic features of different styles and registers
  • increase awareness of the structure and variation of the language studied
  • develop sensitivity to a range of stylistic norms and varieties
  • help students read, comprehend and summarise the language accurately, in a variety of texts
  • improve the knowledge of grammar
  • produce written target language that is fluent, expressive, well-formed and grammatically accurate for this level
  • enhance students' understanding and awareness of some of the current issues in Spanish-speaking countries

Outline Syllabus

The SPAN200 element comprises of oral and aural skills and is taken with the SPAN201 element, the writing and reading skills. The units cannot be taken separately. SPAN200/201 consists of three hours per week covering oral and listening skills as well as grammar, translation and writing skills.

SPAN200/201 will consolidate and build on the linguistic skills already acquired and equip students with the level of competence and confidence they will require in order to familiarise themselves with the culture and the society of countries where Spanish is spoken. The module aims to enhance students' linguistic proficiency, with particular emphasis on speaking and listening (prepared and spontaneous) in a range of formal and semi-formal settings. It will also focus on on reading a variety of sources and on writing fluently and accurately in the language, in a variety of registers . A systematic study of the vocabulary, grammar and syntax of the language forms a specific component of the module. Contemporary written and audio-visual materials in Spanish are used throughout the module.

The module also aims to broaden and deepen students' knowledge and understanding of different aspects of modern society, politics and culture, and contemporary issues and institutions. It is expected that students studying on the SPAN200/201 modules will attain a B2 level (Independent User/Vantage) in the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Assessment Proportions

  • Coursework: 40%
  • Exam: 60%

SPAN200i: Spanish Language: Oral Skills (post Beginners/CEFR: B1)

  • Terms Taught: Full Year module.
  • Also Available:
    • Michaelmas Term only.
    • NOTE:  If you are studying with us for a Full Academic Year and you select a module that has full year and part year variants, you will not be allowed to take only part of the module.
  • US Credits:
    • Full Year module - 4 semester credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 2 semester credits
  • ECTS Credits:
    • Full Year module - 8 ECTS credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 4 ECTS credits
  • Pre-requisites:
    • This module must be taken in conjunction with SPAN201i
    • Good Spanish language; entry is at high A2/B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference(CEFR).

Course Description

Modules 200i (oral and aural skills) and 201i (written and reading skills) are two integrated components of the module that cannot be taken independently. The general aim of the SPAN200i/201i module, comprising four hours per week, is to consolidate and build on the linguistic skills already acquired. Assessment is by coursework, regular assessments in class and an end of year written and oral examination.

Educational Aims

SPAN200i and SPAN201i aim to:

  • enhance students' comprehension of the spoken language, as it is used both in relatively formal speech, and in everyday "real-life" situations of the kind that one will encounter in Spanish-speaking countries
  • develop both general and accurate listening comprehension skills, especially via exposure to radio or television programmes, to introduce computer-based aids and resources for language learning.
  • develop good, accurate pronunciation and intonation as well as fluency, accuracy of grammar and vocabulary when speaking the language
  • encourage expression of views, articulate arguments and foster confident conversational and written work
  • equip students with vocabulary, phrases and appropriate structures
  • familiarise students with current topics
  • enhance students' ability to understand and translate texts accurately from a variety of (mainly contemporary) sources, and to explore characteristic features of different styles and registers
  • increase awareness of the structure and variation of the language studied
  • develop sensitivity to a range of stylistic norms and varieties
  • help students read, comprehend and summarise the language accurately, in a variety of texts
  • improve the knowledge of grammar
  • produce written target language that is fluent, expressive, well-formed and grammatically accurate for this level
  • enhance students' understanding and awareness of some of the current issues in Spanish-speaking countries

Outline Syllabus

The SPAN200i (Intensive) element comprises the oral and aural skills and is taken with the SPAN201i element; writing and reading skills. SPAN200i/201i consists of 4 hours/week covering oral and listening skills as well as grammar, translation and writing skills.

The general aim of SPAN200i is to consolidate and build on the linguistic skills acquired in the first year and to equip students with the level of competence and confidence they will require in order to familiarize themselves with the culture and the society of countries where their studied language is spoken.

The module aims to enhance students' linguistic proficiency; with particular emphasis on speaking and listening (prepared and spontaneous) in a range of formal and semi-formal settings. 

A systematic study of the vocabulary, grammar and syntax of the language forms a specific component of the module. Contemporary written and audio-visual materials in the L2 language are used throughout the module.

The module also aims to broaden and deepen students' knowledge and understanding of different aspects of modern society, politics and culture, and contemporary issues and institutions and to prepare students for residence abroad.

It is expected that students studying on the SPAN200i/201i modules wishing to attain a good (2.i/first) level will have elements of B1 (Independent User/Threshold level) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Assessment Proportions

  • Exam: 60%
  • Coursework: 40%

SPAN201: Spanish Language: Written skills (CEFR: B2)

  • Terms Taught: Full Year module.
  • Also Available:
    • Michaelmas Term only.
    • NOTE:  If you are studying with us for a Full Academic Year and you select a module that has full year and part year variants, you will not be allowed to take only part of the module.
  • US Credits:
    • Full Year module - 4 semester credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 2 semester credits
  • ECTS Credits:
    • Full Year module - 8 ECTS credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 4 ECTS credits
  • Pre-requisites:
    • This module must be taken in conjunction with SPAN200
    • Extensive Spanish language; entry is at high B1/B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Course Description

Modules 200 (oral and aural skills) and 201 (written and reading skills) are two integrated components of the module that cannot be taken independently. The general aim of the SPAN200/201 module, comprising three hours per week, is to consolidate and build on the linguistic skills already acquired. Assessment is by coursework, regular assessments in class and an end of year written and oral examination.

Educational Aims

SPAN200 and SPAN201 aim to:

  • enhance students' comprehension of the spoken language, as it is used both in relatively formal speech, and in everyday "real-life" situations of the kind that one will encounter in Spanish-speaking countries
  • develop both general and accurate listening comprehension skills, especially via exposure to radio or television programmes, to introduce computer-based aids and resources for language learning
  • develop good, accurate pronunciation and intonation as well as fluency, accuracy of grammar and vocabulary when speaking and writing the language
  • encourage expression of views, articulate arguments and foster confident conversational work
  • equip students with vocabulary, phrases and appropriate structures
  • enhance students' ability to understand and translate texts accurately from a variety of (mainly contemporary) sources, and to explore characteristic features of different styles and registers
  • increase awareness of the structure and variation of the language studied
  • develop sensitivity to a range of stylistic norms and varieties
  • help students read, comprehend and summarise the language accurately, in a variety of texts
  • improve the knowledge of grammar
  • produce written target language that is fluent, expressive, well-formed and grammatically accurate for this level
  • enhance students' understanding and awareness of some of the current issues in Spanish-speaking countries

Outline Syllabus

The SPAN200 element comprises of oral and aural skills and is taken with the SPAN201 element, the writing and reading skills. The units cannot be taken separately. SPAN200/201 consists of three hours per week covering oral and listening skills as well as grammar, translation and writing skills.

SPAN200/201 will consolidate and build on the linguistic skills already acquired and equip students with the level of competence and confidence they will require in order to familiarize themselves with the culture and the society of countries where Spanish is spoken. The module aims to enhance students' linguistic proficiency, with particular emphasis on speaking and listening (prepared and spontaneous) in a range of formal and semi-formal settings. It will also focus on on reading a variety of sources and on writing fluently and accurately in the language, in a variety of registers . A systematic study of the vocabulary, grammar and syntax of the language forms a specific component of the module. Contemporary written and audio-visual materials in Spanish are used throughout the module.

The module also aims to broaden and deepen students' knowledge and understanding of different aspects of modern society, politics and culture, and contemporary issues and institutions. It is expected that students studying on the SPAN200/201 modules will attain a B2 level (Independent User/Vantage) in the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Assessment Proportions

  • Coursework: 40%
  • Exam: 60%

SPAN201i: Spanish Language: Written Skills (post Beginners/CEFR: B1)

  • Terms Taught: Full Year module.
  • Also Available:
    • Michaelmas Term only.
    • NOTE:  If you are studying with us for a Full Academic Year and you select a module that has full year and part year variants, you will not be allowed to take only part of the module.
  • US Credits:
    • Full Year module - 4 semester credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 2 semester credits
  • ECTS Credits:
    • Full Year course - 4 ECTS credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 2 ECTS credits
  • Pre-requisites:
    • This module must be taken in conjunction with SPAN200i
    • Good Spanish language; entry is at high A2/B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Course Description

Modules 200i (oral and aural skills) and 201i (written and reading skills) are two integrated components of the module that cannot be taken independently. The general aim of the SPAN200i/201i module, comprising four hours per week, is to consolidate and build on the linguistic skills already acquired. Assessment is by coursework, regular assessments in class and an end of year written and oral examination.

Educational Aims

SPAN200i and SPAN201i aim to:

  • enhance students' comprehension of the spoken language, as it is used both in relatively formal speech, and in everyday "real-life" situations of the kind that one will encounter in Spanish-speaking countries
  • develop both general and accurate listening comprehension skills, especially via exposure to radio or television programmes, to introduce computer-based aids and resources for language learning.
  • develop good, accurate pronunciation and intonation as well as fluency, accuracy of grammar and vocabulary when speaking the language
  • encourage expression of views, articulate arguments and foster confident conversational and written work
  • equip students with vocabulary, phrases and appropriate structures
  • familiarise students with current topics
  • enhance students' ability to understand and translate texts accurately from a variety of (mainly contemporary) sources, and to explore characteristic features of different styles and registers
  • increase awareness of the structure and variation of the language studied
  • develop sensitivity to a range of stylistic norms and varieties
  • help students read, comprehend and summarise the language accurately, in a variety of texts
  • improve the knowledge of grammar
  • produce written target language that is fluent, expressive, well-formed and grammatically accurate for this level
  • enhance students' understanding and awareness of some of the current issues in Spanish-speaking countries

Outline Syllabus

The SPAN201i element comprises of the writing and reading skills and is taken with the SPAN200i element; oral and aural skills. These units cannot be taken separately.  SPAN200i/201i consists of 4 hours/week covering oral and listening skills as well as grammar, translation and writing skills.

The general aim of SPAN201i is to consolidate and build on the linguistic skills acquired in the first year and to equip students with the level of competence and confidence they will require in order to familiarize themselves with the culture and the society of countries where their studied language is spoken.

The module aims to enhance students' linguistic proficiency; with particular emphasis on reading a variety of sources and writing fluently and accurately in the language, in a variety of registers.

A systematic study of the vocabulary, grammar and syntax of the language forms a specific component of the module. Contemporary written and audio-visual materials in the L2 language are used throughout the module.

The module also aims to broaden and deepen students' knowledge and understanding of different aspects of modern society, politics and culture, and contemporary issues and institutions and to prepare students for residence abroad.

It is expected that students studying on the SPAN200i/201i modules wishing to attain a good (2.i/first) level will have elements of B1 (Independent User/Threshold level) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Assessment Proportions

  • Coursework: 40%
  • Exam: 60%

SPAN233: Power and Resistance in Spain and Spanish America: From the Spanish Empire to the 21st Century

  • Terms Taught: Full Year module.
  • US Credits: 4 semester credits
  • ECTS Credits: 8 ECTS credits

Course Description

This  module is divided into three topic areas comprising of the following:

  • Power and Resistance in Spanish America from the Colony to the 21st Century; 
  • War, Dictatorship and Transition in Spain in the 20th and 21st Century; 
  • Culture and Resistance in Catalunya in the 20th and 21st Century.

The students will study texts which both encourage an engaged reading of Spanish and open up alternative avenues towards traditional fields of study in Hispanism (empire and colonialism, nineteenth-century nation-building, revolution, dictatorship, Francoism, regionalism, neo-liberalism and globalisation.) These disparate fields of study are conceptually unified and made more accessible for the students in two ways. Firstly, we refer students to the theme of power and resistance which concerns them all in various ways. Secondly, we divide the module by geographical region which, given the array of varying cultures and histories in the Spanish-speaking world, represents the least mystifying and most logical method of study. We will employ a text-based approach in which the texts chosen allow us to operate within certain very specific historical and geographical parameters whilst never losing sight of the main theme. Throughout, students will be encouraged to interrogate the meanings of terms such as colony, revolution, rebellion, republic, empire, dictatorship and democracy with close readings of cultural texts which themselves question the assumptions which underpin these terms.

Educational Aims

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

  • read fluently and understand a variety of Spanish and Spanish American texts
  • show understanding of the major political, social and cultural events of Spanish and Spanish America history and their significance in relation to contemporary Spanish, Spanish American and European culture
  • demonstrate awareness of how social, political and cultural factors have interacted in the module of Spanish and Spanish American history
  • apply relevant concepts, theories and methods to the study of Spain and Spanish America and apply what they have learned to the analysis of texts other than the ones that form an integral part of the module (e.g. texts studied in DELC option modules)

Assessment Proportions

  • Coursework: 40%
  • Exam: 60%

SPAN300: Spanish Language: Oral Skills (CEFR: C1/C2)

  • Terms Taught: Full Year module
  • Also Available:
    • Michaelmas Term only
    • NOTE:  If you are studying with us for a Full Academic Year and you select a module that has full year and part year variants, you will not be allowed to take only part of the module.
  • US Credits:
    • Full Year module - 4 semester credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 2 semester credits
  • ECTS Credits:
    • Full Year module - 8 ECTS credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 4 ECTS credits
  • Pre-requisites:
    • This module must be taken in conjunction with SPAN301
    • Extensive Spanish language; entry is at C1 on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Course Description

Modules 300 (oral and aural skills) and 301 (written and reading skills) are two integrated components of the module that cannot normally be taken independently. NB: native speakers should take the written component (301) only. This module consists of three hours tuition per week, taught in the target language, often by a native speaker. Both the oral and written components cover topics of cultural and contemporary interest, with a particular focus on translation from and into the target language. Assessment is by coursework, regular assessments in class and an end of year written and oral examination.

Educational Aims

The module aims to:

  • enable and encourage students to learn about current affairs in Spanish-speaking countries and to form and express (in Spanish) their own views on certain topics and issues
  • increase their awareness of society and culture of contemporary Spanish-speaking countries 
  • encourage students to explore, and become familiar with, different areas of the culture of Spanish-speaking countries          
  • extend students’ knowledge and competence in the Spanish language
  • enable students to speak Spanish at a level as close as possible to near-native standard and to acquire equivalent skills in oral and written language by increasing vocabulary, grammatical accuracy in spoken Spanish and improve pronunciation and intonation
  • encourage the progressive integration of authentic, idiomatic structures into the spoken language
  • equip students with the strategies for presenting critical ideas and defending them

Outline Syllabus

Normally, SPAN300 and SPAN301 cannot be taken independently. Both the oral (SPAN300) and the written language (SPAN301) modules focus on particular topics of cultural and contemporary interest. Together they consist of 3 hours tuition per week. The general aim of SPAN300 is to maintain the momentum and progress achieved during the second year and the year abroad and to bring intellectual rigour and critical awareness to the content of the spoken language.

By the end of the module, students should not only have developed an informed interest in the society and culture of the Spanish speaking world, but they should also have acquired near-native abilities both in written and spoken language (C1/C2 of the Common European Framework of Reference, CEFR).

Assessment Proportions

  • Coursework: 40%
  • Exam: 60%

SPAN301: Spanish Language: Written Skills (CEFR: C1/C2)

  • Terms Taught: Full Year module.
  • Also Available:
    • Michaelmas Term only.
    • NOTE:  If you are studying with us for a Full Academic Year and you select a module that has full year and part year variants, you will not be allowed to take only part of the module.
  • US Credits:
    • Full Year module- 4 semester credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 2 semester credits
  • ECTS Credits:
    • Full Year module - 8 ECTS credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 4 ECTS credits
  • Pre-requisites:
    • This module must be taken in conjunction with SPAN300
    • Extensive Spanish language; entry is at C1 on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Course Description

The module has two main aims. Firstly to enhance students' linguistic proficiency with particular reference to: (a) the understanding of spoken and written Spanish in a variety of registers and dealing with a range of contemporary issues; (b) the speaking of Spanish (prepared and spontaneous) in a range of formal and semi-formal settings; (c) the writing of Spanish (notes, reports, summaries, essays, projects etc.) including from and into Spanish; and (d) the systematic study of Spanish lexis, grammar and syntax. Secondly, it aims to increase students' awareness, knowledge and understanding of contemporary Spanish-speaking countries.

Educational Aims

The module aims to:

  • enable and encourage students to learn about current affairs in Spain and to form and express (in Spanish) their own views on certain topics and issues
  • increase their awareness of society and culture of contemporary Spain
  • encourage students to explore, and become familiar with, different areas of Spanish culture
  • extend students knowledge and competence in the Spanish language
  • enable students to speak Spanish at a level as close as possible to near-native standard and to acquire equivalent skills in oral and written language by increasing vocabulary, grammatical accuracy in spoken Spanish and improve pronunciation and intonation
  • encourage the progressive integration of authentic, idiomatic structures into the spoken language
  • prioritise accuracy in written language highlight the value of authenticity both when constructing students own style in writing in Spanish as well as when rendering Spanish into English
  • further improve writing skills by aiming at greater fluency, grammatical accuracy, use of idiomatic Spanish and appropriate style
  • further improve reading skills by dealing with complex authentic texts, by identifying register, styles and idiomatic language
  • further improve translation skills from L2 to L1
  • further improve translation skills from L1 to L2
  • develop critical commentary writing skill
  • integrate ideas and issues relating to contemporary Spanish society and thus reinforce language as a vehicle for greater cross-cultural awareness
  • enhance cultural background knowledge by mainly working with topical newspapers and magazine articles
  • develop an analytical and critical attitude when dealing with ideas and issues in the foreign language

Outline Syllabus

Normally, SPAN300 and SPAN301 cannot be taken independently. Both the oral (SPAN300) and the written language (SPAN301) modules focus on particular topics of cultural and contemporary interest. Together they consist of 3 hours tuition per week. The general aim is to build on the enthusiasm and expertise garnered during the second year and the year abroad whilst channelling this enthusiasm and expertise quite consciously towards improving your Spanish language skills even further.

By the end of the module, students should not only have developed an informed interest in the society and culture of the Spanish-speaking world, but they should also have acquired near-native abilities both in written and spoken language (C1/C2 of the Common European Framework of Reference, CEFR).

Assessment Proportions

  • Exam: 60%
  • Coursework: 40%