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DELC216: Professional Contexts for Modern Languages


Department: Languages and Cultures NCF Level: FHEQ/QCF/NQF5//RQF5
Study Level: Part II (yr 2) Credit Points: 15.0
Start Date: 11-01-2016 End Date: 29-04-2016
Available for Online Enrolment?: Y Enrolment Restriction: Fully available to all students
Module Convenor: Mrs OM Gomez-Cash

Syllabus Rules and Pre-requisites

Curriculum Design: Outline Syllabus

  • Work placement activity: 

    Students will typically spend between 25-30 hours over a period of 10 weeks engaging with a placement organisation in Lent. Alternatively students may undertake a 'block' placement over a two to three week period during the Easter vacation (this option would allow students to undertake placements abroad). Students will normally work closely with an identified stakeholder in the host organisation and will maintain contact with the module convenor(s) throughout the module. For all students, there will be some preparation for the module before Lent. This will consist of short interviews in summer term (First Year) in the weeks leading up to module enrolment and sourcing and confirmation of placemements. All placements must be confirmed by the end of Michaelmas term (Second Year). For students undertaking schools placements, there will be a 4 hour of LUSU Volunteer evening training event in late November (dealing with issues such as lesson planning and safeguarding and protection). LUSU will also finance DBS checks.

    4 Workshops

    Weeks 11 and 12: Preparation for Placement:

    • Self-assessment of students' skills, attributes and preferences, including exploration of linguistic and cross-cultural skills
    • Exploration of business and professional skills in practice: self management, communication skills in practice, problem solving and team working
    • Contemporary issues relevant to language-related sector

    Week 13: Preparation for Assessment:

    • Introduction to social research – research questions, theory and methods
    • Reflection in learning - writing reflectively and using learning logs.
    • Undertaking a research project 

    Week 17: Progress Review Seminar: will provide guidance to students on the content and structure of their academic work including the research process, and provide formative feedback on their draft work.

    Weeks 21and 22: Student Presentations

     

Curriculum Design: Single, Combined or Consortial Schemes to which the Module Contributes

  • All single and joint major language degrees, except Modern Languages Degree (Joint Major/Minor with Three Languages out of Spanish, French, German, Italian or Chinese).

    Namely:

    Single Major Degree in French, German or Spanish Studies

    Single Major Degree in  French, German or Spanish Studies with Chinese or Italian

    Joint Major Degree in two languages (from French, German or Spanish) 

     

    Please note that students on the degrees below ( joint honours with a non-language subject ) would not normally do both non-taught DELC culture option modules i.e. DELC216 and DELC320.

    Joint Major Degree in  French, German or Spanish Studies and Dance

    Joint Major Degree in  French, German or Spanish Studies and English Literature

    Joint Major Degree in  French, German or Spanish Studies and Geography

    Joint Major Degree in  French, German or Spanish Studies and History

    Joint Major Degree in Management Studies and French, German or Spanish

    Joint Major Degree in  French, German or Spanish Studies and Mathematics

    Joint Major Degree in English Language and  French, German or Spanish Studies

    Joint Major Degree in  French, German or Spanish Studies and Computing

    Joint Major Degree in  French, German or Spanish Studies and Film

    Joint Major Degree in  French, German or Spanish Studies and Linguistics

    Joint Major Degree in  French, German or Spanish Studies and Philosophy

    Joint Major Degree in  French, German or Spanish Studies and Politics

    Joint Major Degree in French, German or Spanish Studies and Theatre

     

  • 20% Presentation (Assessed)
  • 20% Log book
  • 60% Report

Assessment: Details of Assessment

  • Assessment will be through 1) a project proposal (20%), 2) a project report (60%), and 3) a presentation (20%). Students will demonstrate their awareness of the sector specific  issue(s) relevant their placement organisation, their ability to engage with real world issues and external drivers, and the acquisition of self-management, organisation and communication skills.

    1.      Log book (20% of module assessment and equivalent to 1500 words): Students will be required to keep a log book (or online blog) that will provide supporting evidence to the report. The log book which will normally be completed on a weekly basis and should record significant incidents that took place during the module. The log book will be submitted alongside the report.

    2.      A project report (60% of module assessment and equivalent to 2500 words): The report is designed to allow students to discuss and reflect on key issues related to the organisational or business context in relation to their placement. It should utilise and draw on the experience and data collected during the placement and in the log book. The report should be informed by relevant theory and/or policy documents, in order to pursue a cogent argument. 

    3.      A presentation (20% of module assessment and equivalent to 1000 words): A summative visual and oral presentation will allow students to articulate the key issues addressed though the module, communicate the personal, linguistic and cross cultural learning that has taken place and provide critical assessment of the key issues within the sector in which their placement organisation exists.

Educational Aims: Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • This module will enable students to develop their learning and interest in relation to framing their linguistic and cultural understanding in a specific professional context.  It will aim to develop students’ understanding of the research process in relation to the specific sector in which their placement takes place and reflect academically on their practical experiences. 

    The module aims are:

    • To offer students a structured experience of working with external organisations on projects which enable them to develop their self-confidence in communicating with individuals, their use of target language, and allow them to develop their self-management and language skills.

    • To support language-related organisations through work placement, or research activities undertaken by students.

    • To develop students' understanding of how organisations work with the cross cultural or multi-lingual environment in which they operate.

    • To enhance students' ability to reflect on and articulate their personal, linguistic and cross-cultural skills
    • To develop students' application of aspects of their linguistic and cultural knowledge already acquired through study to a workplace environment.

     

     

Educational Aims: General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • The module will enable students to develop a range of skills that are relevant to employers these include:

    • Problem-solving - ability to engage intelligently with new situations within a professional context.

    • Self-management and organisation skills - demonstrating reliability, flexibility and resourcefulness in their work.

    • Team-working - the ability to engage effectively with external stakeholders.

    • Communication skills - development of visual, oral and written skills needed for communicating ideas to a range of stakeholders.

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • On successful completion of this module students will be able to...

    • Demonstrate an awareness of organisations that work in and with languages and related cross- cultural issues (e.g. develop understanding of what are key aspects of business success).

    • Understand how to address real world issues (e.g. assumption of responsibility and for making decisions, planning, coordinating and organising).

    • Critically reflect on how their linguistic and cultural knowledge can be applied in the workplace environment.

       

Learning Outcomes: General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • On successful completion of this module students will be able to...

    • Respond to new situations in the external environment which may require negotiation and influencing skills.

    • Organise their time and plan and prioritise their work.

    • Display self-awareness and flexibility in team situations.

    • Demonstrate a range of interpersonal and communication skills relevant to the workplace.

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