Aims and Objectives
Knowledge and Understanding
Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
- Understand main ideas and some detail of short authentic texts in many common genres.
- Use a bilingual dictionary and basic grammar reference materials to check simple grammar and key vocabulary.
- Know how to extract information, ideas and opinions relating to predictable everyday situations and topics.
- Start to take some risks in trying out the language.
- Use a limited range of formulaic expressions appropriately to aid interaction.
- Initiate and maintain interaction on familiar topics.
- Understand the main points of spoken information/interaction relating to everyday contexts when delivery is familiar or standard speech.
- Be aware of some forms of language use which vary according to social relationships, situations and media of communication.
- Construct short written texts in order relating to a variety of situations and topics.
- Use a small repertoire of skills in using resources for independent language learning in order to practise and extend vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation.
- Clarify and confirm meaning appropriately with another TL speaker on familiar topics.
- Start to manipulate language dealing with personal interests and experiences using short, connected sentences.
- Have an awareness of key areas of the target language culture, such as the use of the language in the world, basic geography, significant people, places, events, arts and the media.
- Express opinions and ideas with increasing grammatical accuracy, but limited by first language structures
- Identify and approximate key TL sounds/sound sequences and intonation patterns.
- Know the basic and some more complex grammatical structures of the TL and a range of vocabulary in everyday situations and on familiar topics.
- Begin to recognise and understand common vocabulary and sentence structures relating to a variety of everyday situations and topics.
- Express opinions, ideas and simple concepts.
- Know sufficient metalanguage (terminology) in English or your first language to start to understand and construct simple grammatical descriptions.
- Ask for and give facts and information on topics of personal interest and brief descriptions and explanations.
- Identify key words in predictable written and spoken language, and begin to guess the meaning of unknown words using appropriate clues such as grammatical structure, morphology, phonics and context.
- Begin to understand the ways in which the TL is different from your first language.
- Maintain conversations and simple discussions relating to most everyday contexts.
- Begin to generate language from your own knowledge rather than repeating set phrases.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- develop problem-solving skills.
- extract and synthesise key information from written and spoken sources.
- engage in analytical and evaluative thinking.
Transferable and Generic Skills
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Communication skills: written, oral, and IT
- Time management
- Intercultural and interpersonal skills
- Attention to detail
- Development of memory
- Learning, research and organisational skills
This Stage presents and practices key language structures, integrating them with strategies for communication and with key cultural topics. Published materials will be supplemented by handouts and other media which the course tutor will provide or recommend. Some of the material will be derived from authentic print and audio-visual media. Independent learning material will be available in the Languages Resources Centre and on Blackboard.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
The combination of direct teaching, opportunities for participation, and support for resource-based independent study are specifically designed to ensure that you can achieve communicative
competence as outlined in the learning outcomes above.
Although part of any class session is likely to involve direct teaching, the emphasis is on student participation and you will be expected to take part actively in discussion and in tasks like small
group and pair work, role play, and individual or group presentations. As much of the class as possible will be taught in the target language. While all this may seem daunting, the tutor will give you plenty of support to build your confidence and, particularly in the case of assessed work, will provide feedback which will help you to improve.
You will also be expected to spend time studying outside the class, and we provide guidance, facilities and materials to help you develop your expertise as an independent language learner. As you progress through the language stages you will learn to understand, monitor and improve your own learning style; you will also acquire some expertise as a researcher and develop the kind of key skills which are valued by employers.
You are encouraged to use the Language Resource Centre at the Avenue Campus and at other sites in the University where relevant, such as the Hartley Library. These facilities include on-line and computer-based resources, films on DVD, current newspapers and magazines, language laboratories, satellite TV, and self-access materials. Some of the resources are available on short loan.
For this Stage, you will be asked to consolidate your class work by learning vocabulary and structures, and by reading, watching or listening to material in the target language. You will also be
expected to prepare exercises and activities for the class, to write short assignments and generally acquire a repertoire of effective language learning strategies.
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Resources & Reading list
At the beginning of the module, you will receive information about your assessment. This will include:
- what tasks you will be expected to carry out.
- clear criteria against which your work will be assessed.
- what the provisional date and deadline of each assessment task is.
Note that it is the responsibility of students to ensure that they have read and understood this documentation, to plan their work schedule in advance, and to keep to the deadlines. If you are in
any doubt, talk to the module coordinator in good time.
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
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This is how we’ll assess you if you don’t meet the criteria to pass this module.