AB INITIO LANGUAGE I - 2020/1

Module code: LAN1002

Module Overview

This is an intensive introduction to a modern foreign language, covering the four language skills.

Module provider

School of Literature and Languages

Module Leader

MARLEY Dawn (Lit & Langs)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

JACs code: R900

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Evidence of language learning aptitude (eg other language at A level)

Module content

Indicative content includes:

• Collecting and selecting information

• Analysis of different written and spoken texts

• Structuring spoken and written texts

• Taking notes and summarising information from spoken and written texts

• Expressing opinions in written and spoken contexts

• The grammar of the language including grammatical terminology in the language

• Listening comprehension of familiar topics

• Strategies for effective listening and reading in the language

• Cohesion and coherence

• Avoiding plagiarism – in-text and bibliographic referencing

• Effective use of reference materials (e.g. grammar books, dictionaries, other reference works)

• A degree of awareness and use of appropriate register and style

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework listening assessment 20
Coursework speaking assessment 20
Coursework reading and writing assessment 20
Examination 2-HOUR EXAMINATION 40

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

• Knowledge and understanding of the use of the target language;

• Ability to analyse and interpret texts;

• Ability to select and synthesise information from written and oral texts;

• Ability to use IT skills to find and present relevant information;

• Subject-specific knowledge of the culture and society related to the language.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

• An integrated skills portfolio, containing a variety of oral and written tasks handed in as coursework throughout the semester.

• A final exam of two hours, usually consisting of two of the tasks practiced during the semester. Formative assessment Formative assessment will focus on student participation and class discussions throughout the module.

Feedback

• Students will be provided with detailed written feedback following coursework assignments.

• Verbal feedback will also occur in class and individual appointments if required.

Module aims

  • Enable students with little or no previous knowledge of the language to acquire written, oral and aural skills
  • Enable students to develop the structural language foundations needed for further study of the language up to degree level
  • Enable students to develop the skills necessary for independent language learning

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Ref
001 Interact in the language in a range of familiar situations KPT
002 Understand and interpret spoken and written [language] in a limited range of situations and topics CKP
003 Be able to categorise a limited range of text types CK
004 Be able to paraphrase and summarize spoken and written information at a lower intermediate level CKPT
005 Be able to organise and present ideas in predictable topics PT
006 Demonstrate the ability to retrieve and handle information from appropriate sources PT
007 Be able to understand and use the grammatical terminology relating to the topics covered CK
008 Be able to demonstrate a degree of grammatical accuracy in their use of the language CK
009 Be able to pronounce individual sounds of the language with a degree of accuracy CK
010 Be able to use language reference materials such as grammars and dictionaries PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 84

Seminar Hours: 66

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

• Enable students to acquire explicit knowledge of the linguistic structures, grammar and stylistic registers through attending classes and reading in the target language;

• Encourage student participation and learner autonomy, through small group classes, reading outside contact hours and participating in seminars;

• Develop ability to use linguists’ tools, such as dictionaries and IT resources;

• Develop research skills, through reading and presenting findings, through informal class presentations and in the assignments;

• Enable students to engage in analytical and evaluative thinking, to analyse and interpret texts and other cultural products, through attending classes and engaging in individual study.

• Develop communication skills through interactions in class.

The learning and teaching methods include:

• Six contact hours per week over Semester 1.

• Classes will include lectures and seminars;

• Students are expected to read extensively outside classes in order to follow lectures and participate in seminars.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for AB INITIO LANGUAGE I : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/lan1002

Other information

This module will follow a course book. This may vary from year to year, and specific book and cost will be confirmed on a yearly basis

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
English Literature and French BA (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Modern Languages (French and Spanish) BA (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Business Management and French BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Business Management and Spanish BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
English Literature and Spanish BA (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
English Literature with German BA (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Modern Languages (French with German) BA (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Modern Languages (Spanish with German) BA (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2020/1 academic year.