If your degree is based within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, you may have the opportunity to study an optional 20-credit language module in French, Spanish, Mandarin, German, Arabic or Italian in each year of your degree, subject to timetabling requirements and approval. The modules run for 24 weeks across the autumn and spring semesters, comprising one two-hour class per week plus independent study.
The modules will help you to enhance and refine your skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening in the target language, in an interactive and communicative manner, using authentic materials. You will be encouraged to reflect on your own learning needs when faced with the target language and to explore the strategies required to make progress.
There may also be the option to travel abroad for a semester to enhance your language learning, subject to successfully securing a placement and gaining approval.
Language modules are assessed in a range of different ways, for example through the creation of a portfolio, oral presentation, translation or essay, depending on the level of study.
Am I eligible?
The potential availability of language modules as an integral, credit-bearing part of a programme varies on a course-by-course basis. We specify in the module listings for each degree where this may be an option.
If you study a language module in Year 1, there is no obligation to continue to do so in Year 2 and Year 3. If you don’t select a language module in Year 1 or wish to switch to a different language in subsequent years, however, you will need to demonstrate knowledge of the language suitable for the target level of study.
On some degrees, it is only possible to select language modules in selected years of study (for example, Years 1 and 2 or Years 2 and 3). If the first language option is not available until Year 2, this will be suitable for beginners.
Please consult our course information for prospective students or check with your department to verify the language learning pathways available on your specific programme.