10 Credits SPRING

Aims/Description: Assuming successful completion of the corresponding Autumn semester unit for this level (i.e. Beginner 1), a GCSE grade E / NUMBER in the language or equivalent learning experience at level A1- of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), this unit aims to consolidate a general foundation in the language and culture in order to cope with a range of predictable, everyday communicative situations encountered when interacting at a basic level, orally and in writing, with sympathetic native speakers during, for instance, a brief visit abroad. Based on 36 hours of small group (15-20) interactive seminars and tutorials predominantly delivered in the foreign language, the unit also comprises 64 hours of monitored private study. Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to: perform at Level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages understand and make themselves understood orally by a sympathetic native speaker in simple, routine, predictable situations, requesting or providing factual information, and coping with unfamiliar language or unexpected responses by asking for repetition or clarification read aloud and extract key information from short, simple texts and written documents (messages, notices, instructions, brochures, etc.) talk about holidays (e.g. places they visited, food they ate) in the past and the weather write simple notes, messages and short personal letters or emails (e.g. write a postcard to a friend, fill in a simple form) demonstrate a basic insight into the most common aspects of the culture and everyday life in the target country so as to react appropriately in simple situations demonstrate a practical understanding of essential grammar terminology and a basic ability to study the language by themselves, using essential tools such as the Word Wide Web or a dictionary and developing techniques for the acquisition and retention of new language demonstrate awareness in a number of transferable skills such as IT skills, presenting information, handling simple unexpected communicative situations, taking intercultural differences and language barriers into account, learning independently, etc.

Restrictions on availability: Students must have successfully completed the corresponding Autumn semester unit for this level (i.e. Beginner 1), or have a GCSE grade C/D or equivalent learning experience at level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Teaching Methods: Seminars, Tutorials, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam, Presentation

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