Our Languages Framework
Open Languages draws on specialist language teaching provided by the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures. Our language teaching is organised according to a 12-stage framework, the Liverpool Language Ladder, set out below, using French (FREN) as an example.
|Stage||Normal Year of Study||Semester 1||Semester 2||Semester 1||Semester 2|
|6||Year 1 (A-Level entry)
|4||Year 1 (GCSE entry)
|2||Year 1 (Beginner)
The final two digits in our module codes show you the stage associated with that module. FREN101 is absolute beginners (stage 1), for example, while students with an A-level come in at stage 5 (FREN105). Degree-level students complete FREN312 and reach stage 12, equivalent to C1 or C2 in the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).
Normally one stage is associated with a single 15-credit module delivered in a single semester. But for beginners who want to progress to the top of the ladder we also offer accelerated modules that cover two stages in a single semester. FREN134, for example, covers both stages 3 and 4.
Over the next couple of years we'll be opening our full ladder up to Open Languages students, but in our launch year (2017/18) we'll be starting with just beginners modules (standard and accelerated) and advanced (post A-level). These modules are highlighted in the table.