Modern Languages and Cultures

The information contained in this module specification was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change, either during the session because of unforeseen circumstances, or following review of the module at the end of the session. Queries about the module should be directed to the member of staff with responsibility for the module.
Code MODL105
Coordinator Dr UAE Bavendiek
Languages, Cultures and Film
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2023-24 Level 4 FHEQ First Semester 15

Pre-requisites before taking this module (other modules and/or general educational/academic requirements):


Modules for which this module is a pre-requisite:


Co-requisite modules:


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 10




Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 98


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment.    60       
There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment.    40       


Develop students' awareness of and explicit knowledge about language;

Introduce students to key concepts of linguistics;

Enhance students' skills of critical analysis of language, including hypothesis testing and rule formation;

Develop students' understanding of similarities and differences between human languages;

Develop students' awareness of and explicit knowledge about language learning that will help them become more efficient language learners.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Manage language learning processes more efficiently.

(LO2) Understand key aspects of phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics which are relevant for language learners.

(LO3) Talk about and describe language using the correct terminology.

(LO4) Reflect critically on selected language-related issues.

(LO5) Relate knowledge about text features to the translation of text.

(LO6) Communicate more efficiently in the first and foreign language.

(S1) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

(S2) Improving own learning/performance - Self-awareness/self-analysis

(S3) Improving own learning/performance - Personal action planning

(S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

(S5) Critical thinking and problem solving - Problem identification

(S6) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking

(S7) Time and project management - Personal organisation

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The majority of teaching will be delivered face-to-face on campus. Online delivery will be used to complement the on-campus delivery and where technology affords a better learning experience.

In this module critical awareness and new concepts will be developed by drawing on the learners' already existing knowledge of languages and on their previous language learning experiences. In the classes, students will be introduced to key linguistic ideas. Reflection on language learning and an introduction into basic theories of the language learning process will empower the students as language learners. A contrastive approach will be used in order to facilitate the understanding of grammatical structures and units. Translation will be a key part of the module, giving the students a chance to apply their knowledge about language.

Group Project:
Students are expected to prepare a storyfy presentation or learning materials and advice in groups.

Sem inar:
Description: The seminars will take place in small, language specific groups. Key concepts will be applied to and investigated in relation to the French, German, Italian and Spanish language, respectively.



Topics covered during the module may include:

Introduction: what is language, what is linguistics?

Language awareness: the role of consciousness;

A history of language learning;

Language learning strategies;

Language typology and universals: How do languages 'work'?

Levels of linguistic description;

Pitfalls of translation;


Recommended Texts

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