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How will I learn?

You will develop all four language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) through class work, incorporating pair work and group work. When you have successfully completed the course, you will be able to communicate at a basic level in various everyday situations, be able to understand and write simple messages and have some understanding of the way of life in the countries where the language is spoken.

  • Class contact is 2 hours per week, plus a further hour each week of directed self study with extra practice materials and activities provided through the Blackboard virtual learning environment.
  • You can also benefit from dedicated learning space in Language Resource Centre on the 9th floor of Maxwell Building.
  • Formative assessments are carried out during class time and via Blackboard in Semester 1 to help you assess your own progress and consolidate learning.
  • UWLP module content

Here are details of the 2016/17 classes and assessments:

Language levels

Each language is taught at four different levels called 'Stages'. You can improve your existing skills or start learning a new language from scratch. Stages are allocated based on previous experience and/or qualifications in the language.

Which Stage should I join?

That will depend on what experience you already have (if any) of learning the language. As a general rule, even if you last studied the language a long time ago, you should join the Stage that matches any qualifications you have (see prerequisites).

Level 

Prerequisites

Stage 1

Beginners

No previous experience or Grade D or below at GCSE (or equivalent)

Stage 2

Lower intermediate

A1+, Grade A*-C at GCSE (or equivalent), or a pass at Stage 1

Stage 3

Intermediate

A2, Pass at AS level up to grade C (or equivalent) or a pass at Stage 2

Stage 4

Upper intermediate

A2+ OR B1/UK Pass at AS level at grade A or B (or   equivalent),pass at A2 level up to grade D (or equivalent), or a pass at   Stage 3

If you have grade A-C at A2 (or equivalent) or have already completed Stage 4 in a particular languages, you are deemed to have enough knowledge of that language to cope quite well abroad, so we encourage you to choose a different language. 

For further information on language levels in line with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages please click the link here. It will allow you to self-check your language level against the CEFR descriptors.

More information can be found at:
http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/linguistic/cadre1_en.asp