Specialist, part-time language study through a core academic framework.
you are learning a new language or have studied a language to GCSE or A-Level
equivalent standard, Language Framework caters for everyone.
Offered by our Department as part of our degree courses in Modern Languages, you
can choose from a wide selection of taught language modules, at different
proficiency levels, in:
- Mandarin Chinese;
- Portuguese; and
If you're looking to spend some time abroad, whether to study or work at an
international institution in a language other than English, then you should
consider Language Framework (and especially if you are learning a new language).
Why? Read on to find out how Language Framework can
Every year of language tuition through the Language Framework is worth 30
credits. You can accumulate these credits towards a Certificate of Continuing
Education in Modern Languages (60 credits) if you study for at least two years
in the Language Framework.
Helping you choose the right option
How many hours a week will I be expected to study?
A typical module includes three contact hours per week plus three to five
hours of self study time.
What modules can I choose from?
You have a wide range of modules to choose from that range from Initial
for beginners to Mastery if you're specialising in a language. You can
also choose from a variety of other modules such as cinema and culture,
translating, interpreting and subtitling skills, Brazilian culture and society
and lots more.
Which modules are most suitable?
To help you decide on the module level we have put
of the most suitable options (.pdf) based on your
existing language learning experience.
A full list is available on the
module directory, which includes a wider variety of modules if you are
already proficient in your chosen language.
How will I be assessed?
Most modules are 50 per cent coursework and 50 per cent exam. You will be
assessed through a range of methods including grammar, reading, writing and
speaking tests, a portfolio and a written exam. Full details can be found on the
Will Languages for All affect the grades of my main degree
No, they won't. The Languages for All modules are entirely separate from your
main studies and will not affect your final degree in any way. There will be an
entry on your degree transcript for every successfully completed language module
taken via Languages for All, but without grades.
How much does it cost?
Every student at Essex is entitled to one fully-subsidised language learning
activity alongside their degree course. To study through Language Framework you
will need to pay £100 deposit, which you will get back on successful completion
of the course. If you would like to study more than one language in this first
year or continue learning a language in subsequent years, then each module costs
Please note that Language Framework is not available at Southend Campus.