Component

MA Public Opinion and Political Behaviour
BA Linguistics options

Year 1, Component 06

(LG115-4-AU and LG119-4-SP) or (LG665-4-AU and LG667-4-SP or Language option(s) from list)
LA043-4-FY
Concepts of Translation and Cultural Mediation
(30 CREDITS)

In this module, we will introduce you the theories of translation and interpreting, placing and emphasis on theories that explicitly address the intercultural component of translation and interpreting, i.e. understanding translation and interpreting as a form a intercultural communication. An emphasis will also be placed on the selection of materials that will feature a wide range of genres. This is because cultural differences may manifest differently across a variety of text types, for example, literature texts or diplomatic statements. By learning about the cultural background of the material selected, students are encourages to engage in a critical decision-making activity where they are challenged to navigate the nuances across cultural meanings and find the most suitable translation solutions. This module takes you a step further and encourages you to not just be translators or interpreters but intercultural mediators. To this end, text analysis, paraphrasing, condensation and summarising exercises, together with production of oral speeches, presentations (speaking in public) and short essays writing will constitute part of the module content and assessment. These tasks will also improve both language fluency and accuracy. Lectures are dedicated to the introduction of translation and interpreting theory. Seminars are language-specific and dedicated to the practice of translation and interpreting.

LA121-4-AU
Intensive Initial French 1
(15 CREDITS)

This module is for students with little or no knowledge of French. It is an interactive and intensive language module which uses various strategies for fast paced progress through the French language. It explores both the communicative and the structural aspects of the French language.

LA122-4-SP
Intensive Initial French 2
(15 CREDITS)

Continuing on from French Intensive Initial 1, this is an interactive and intensive language module for those who have little or no knowledge of French. It explores both the communicative and the structural aspects of the French language.

LA221-4-AU
Intensive Initial German 1
(15 CREDITS)

Want to learn German from scratch? Study the German language from basic to advanced level, so that you can communicate in complex situations and read extended texts, like newspaper articles. Learn how to give short talks or presentations in German and be able to write German coherently.

LA222-4-SP
Intensive Initial German 2
(15 CREDITS)

Want to learn German from scratch? Study the German language from basic to advanced level, so that you can communicate in complex situations and read extended texts, like newspaper articles. Learn how to give short talks or presentations in German and be able to write German coherently.

LA421-4-AU
Intensive Initial Spanish 1
(15 CREDITS)

Want to learn Spanish from scratch? And spend four weeks abroad during the summer? Build your language abilities, so you can read short stories or novels in Spanish, as well as articulate your ideas verbally or in writing. Undertake a research project, in Spanish, on a topic of your choosing.

LA422-4-SP
Intensive Initial Spanish 2
(15 CREDITS)

Want to learn Spanish from scratch? And spend four weeks abroad during the summer? Build your language abilities, so you can read short stories or novels in Spanish, as well as articulate your ideas verbally or in writing. Undertake a research project, in Spanish, on a topic of your choosing.

LA621-4-AU
Intensive Initial Italian 1
(15 CREDITS)

Want to learn Italian from scratch? Reach A-level Italian standard, gaining understanding of Italian language structure and functions. Take part in a variety of class activities, including individual and group work, to build your Italian communication skills.

LA622-4-SP
Intensive Initial Italian 2
(15 CREDITS)

Want to learn Italian from scratch? Reach A-level Italian standard, gaining understanding of Italian language structure and functions. Take part in a variety of class activities, including individual and group work, to build your Italian communication skills.

LA921-4-AU
Intensive Initial Mandarin Chinese 1
(15 CREDITS)

This is an interactive, intensive language module using blended-learning strategies to allow fast-paced progress through the Mandarin Chinese language and Mandarin Chinese speaking world. There is a dual focus on communicative and structural aspects of the language. Language learning is supported by an online guided independent study program and extended by multimedia activities. The module is designed for students with no or little knowledge of Mandarin Chinese. The aim of the module, in correlation with Intensive Initial Mandarin Chinese 2 in the Spring Term, is to enable students to attain a level of Mandarin Chinese equivalent to an A1/A2 level. It is the compulsory path for those students with no knowledge of Mandarin Chinese who intend to take the study of the language to a Higher Intermediate/Advanced level in their second/final year of study. This module can also be taken as an outside option.

LA922-4-SP
Intensive Initial Mandarin Chinese 2
(15 CREDITS)

This is an interactive, intensive language module using blended-learning strategies to allow fast-paced progress through the Mandarin Chinese language and Mandarin Chinese speaking world. It is a reinforcement and continuation of LA921, Intensive Initial Mandarin Chinese 1. It is a practical module which makes use of a wide range of authentic materials depicting real-life situations and activities. The aim of the module is to enable students to attain a level of Mandarin Chinese equivalent to an A1/A2 level. It is the compulsory path for those students with no knowledge of Mandarin Chinese who intend to take the study of the language to a Higher Intermediate/Advanced level in their second/final year. This module can also be taken as an outside option.

LA930-4-FY
Higher Intermediate Mandarin Chinese
(30 CREDITS)

This is an interactive, intensive language module using blended-learning strategies to allow fast-faced progress through the Mandarin Chinese language and Mandarin Chinese speaking world. It is a reinforcement and continuation of LA922, Intensive Initial Mandarin Chinese 2. It is a practical module which makes use of a wide range of textbook and online materials depicting real-life situations and activities. The aim of this module is to enable students to attain a level of Mandarin Chinese equivalent to a B1/B2 level. It is the compulsory path for those students with initial preliminary knowledge of Mandarin Chinese who intend to take the study of the language to a Higher Intermediate/Advanced level in their second/final year. This module can also be taken as an outside option.

LG115-4-AU
Child Language Development
(15 CREDITS)

Gain a thorough overview of key concepts, methods, and theoretical approaches in research on language development throughout the lifespan. Investigate monolingual and bilingual child language acquisition, second language acquisition, language loss, and the attrition of the first language in second language learners, by looking at a broad range of studies, including ongoing studies from the Centre for Language Development throughout the Lifespan (LaDeLi), at the University of Essex.

LG119-4-SP
Linguistics in Action
(15 CREDITS)

This module provides you with a practical hands-on introduction to the way in which linguistics is used to solve real world problems. It illustrates how knowledge about how language works – that is, linguistics – is applied in a range of different aspects of our daily lives. It provides an introduction to the use of linguistics in a range of contexts, industries and everyday scenarios.

LG665-4-AU
Introduction to TEFL Methodology
(15 CREDITS)

This module provides an introduction to the teaching methodology associated with teaching English as a Foreign or Second Language. It aims to provide students with an overview of the key principles related to the areas outlined in the syllabus, and therefore provide a basis from which students may move onto the Initial Teaching Practice module, LG666. By the end of the module, students will have been introduced to the key methodology associated with TEFL and they will have developed their knowledge of productive and receptive skills in language teaching. Additionally, various techniques for organizing and managing the class will be explored, and the students will be introduced to lesson planning for the EFL context. Lastly, and importantly, this module will provide an overview of TEFL which is sufficient to prepare students for a more successful hands-on teaching practice module.

LG667-4-SP
Theory and Practice in English Language Teaching
(15 CREDITS)

This module explores significant methodological aspects of English language teaching from a theoretical perspective. You will understand how to apply the theory to practice through your lesson plans.

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