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LANG2011 Languages for Academic Study

Module Overview

This module will take a practical approach to developing the listening, reading, writing and other academic skills necessary for successful study in the relevant target language country. It will make a point of taking a comparative approach to academic study so that you are helped to assess the skills you already have and use, and can identify the additional skills you will need to develop. You will also be assisted in developing independent learning and other skills needed for online study and for carrying out local research whilst abroad. During the module, you will be made aware of intercultural differences and will be encouraged to develop strategies to enhance your personal development. This module will share lectures with LANG2010 (the BA module preparing students for the year abroad) when the content relates to general preparation for the year and research methodologies. This module will draw on examples from the different countries that students will be visiting to look at a variety of educational practices. You will be helped to put together a personal programme to develop the language and study skills needed for your study context whilst abroad. You will also be given an introduction to ethnography, text-based research and linguistics research. Training in using online educational tools and resources will be a key focus. Practical aspects concerning residence abroad will also be covered. This will include advice on living in and engaging with a foreign culture. Additionally, the module will provide guidance to ensure that you comply with University regulations on ethics and health and safety.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aims of this module are to introduce you to essential academic requirements for your residence abroad, to prepare you for study at the host university and for following online modules delivered from Southampton.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • will have the relevant language and study skills for effective study in the target language country;
  • will be confident online learners;
  • will be more inter-culturally aware;
  • will have the practical knowledge needed for academic study abroad;
  • will have considered the practical elements concerning personal health and safety

Syllabus

This module will draw on examples from the different countries that students will be visiting to look at a variety of educational practices. You will be helped to put together a personal programme to develop the language and study skills needed for your study context whilst abroad. You will also be given an introduction to ethnography, text-based research and linguistics research. Training in using online educational tools and resources will be a key focus. Practical aspects concerning residence abroad will also be covered. This will include advice on living in and engaging with a foreign culture. Additionally, the module will provide guidance to ensure that you comply with University regulations on ethics and health and safety.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures and seminars. Whole class, small group and pair activities. Discussion arising from student led activities Opportunity for one to one discussion with tutor. Use of incoming Erasmus students and Southampton ML finalists as a resource for identifying differences in educational practice and appropriate responses and learning strategies. Skills analysis

TypeHours
Wider reading or practice16
Follow-up work24
Completion of assessment task24
Preparation for scheduled sessions24
Lecture12
Total study time100

Resources & Reading list

Third Year Abroad.

There are no set texts although you will be directed to readings relating to travel abroad, adapting to cultural differences, research ethics and research methodologies during the teaching sessions shared with LANG2010.. 

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 100%
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