Aims and Objectives
Knowledge and Understanding
Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
- Be aware of some forms of language use which vary according to social relationships, situations and media of communication.
- Know sufficient metalanguage (terminology) in English or your first language to understand and construct simple grammatical descriptions.
- Express opinions and ideas with some grammatical accuracy and textual coherence, but limited by first language structures
- Identify and approximate individual TL sounds/sound sequences and intonation patterns.
- Initiate and maintain interaction on familiar topics.
- Extract information, ideas and opinions relating to a select number of everyday situations and topics.
- Recognise and understand common vocabulary and sentence structures relating to a variety of everyday situations and topics.
- Identify key words in predictable written and spoken language, and begin to guess the meaning of unknown words with some degree of success using appropriate clues such as grammatical structure, morphology, phonics and context.
- Ask for and give facts and information on topics of personal interest and brief descriptions, simple reasons for and explanations of ideas and events.
- Initiate, maintain and close conversations and simple discussions relating to most everyday contexts.
- Construct short written texts in appropriate style in order to communicate information, narrative and description relating to a variety of situations and topics.
- Manipulate language dealing with personal interests and experiences using short, connected sentences
- Use a limited range of formulaic expressions appropriately to aid interaction.
- Express opinions, ideas and simple concepts with some grammatical accuracy.
- Use a bilingual dictionary and basic grammar reference materials effectively to check simple grammar and key vocabulary.
- Begin to generate language from your own knowledge rather than repeating set phrases.
- Know the basic and some complex grammatical structures of the TL and a range of vocabulary in everyday situations and on familiar topics.
- Have an outline knowledge 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.
- Use a small repertoire of skills in using resources for independent language learning in order to practise and extend vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation and to achieve the productive and receptive learning outcomes of this Stage.
- Start to take some risks in trying out the language.
- Understand the gist of spoken information/interaction relating to everyday contexts when delivery is familiar or standard speech.
- Begin to understand the ways in which the TL is different from your first language.
- Clarify and confirm meaning appropriately with another TL speaker on familiar topics.
- Understand gist and some detail of short authentic texts in common genres.
Transferable and Generic Skills
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Learning, research and organisational skills
- Time management
- Development of memory
- Attention to detail
- Intercultural and interpersonal skills
- Communication skills: written, oral, and IT
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- develop problem solving skills
- engage in analytical and evaluative thinking.
- extract and synthesise key information from written and spoken sources.
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
- 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. Assessment will cover what you have studied in class and what you are expected to have acquired as an independent learner. The design of the tasks and the criteria by which they are assessed ensure that you will be able to demonstrate all aspects of your learning: language skills, strategies and knowledge related to language learning, and key skills. Coursework and the in-class exam will give you formative feedback on your progress, that is, feedback which will help you learn. The exam at the end of the module will test what you have achieved and also what you are able to do in real life conditions of language use where you need to think on your feet and use your own linguistic resources.
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.