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World Languages BA (Hons)

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Course Code: CK110

Course Title: World Languages

College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

World Languages

Duration: 4 years

Teaching Mode: Full-time

Qualifications: BA (Hons)

NFQ Level: Level 8

Costs: Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees. The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2017/18 the Student Contribution Charge will be €3,000 and the Capitation Fee is expected to be €165.

Entry Requirements: H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, another language, and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes. In addition applicants must have obtained a H3 in the Leaving Certificate (or equivalent) in a language other than English. There are also other specific language entry requirements (see Detailed Entry Requirements).

Entry Points: 2017: 476

Overview

The BA World Languages is a four-year specialist language programme, including a year of study abroad and, in most of the languages offered, Computer-Assisted Language Learning to complement traditional teaching.

It aims to produce graduates with sought-after language skills, as well as an understanding of language as a system and of the cultures of the languages studied. While the focus of the programme is on living European and world languages, Latin is also offered for its value as an academic discipline and as the root of several of the other languages available.

Most of the languages offered (except French or Irish) can be taken without having been studied previously, but all students must have demonstrated competence in a language other than English.

Year 3 of the programme is a structured year abroad, involving study at a partner institution or a combination of study at a partner institution and a work placement. 

Course Details

In Years 1, 2 and 4 you will take courses in a range of languages, together with dedicated content (eg language structures, translation theory/practice, digital skills, teaching English as a foreign language).

Year 1 Modules:

Core:

WL1101 Language: Sounds and Structures (10 credits)

WL1102 Language-learning Strategies (5 credits)

Electives:

Three languages (15 credits each) from Chinese, English as a Second or Other Language (ESOL), French, Gaeilge/Irish, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Portuguese, Spanish; at least one language must be continued for the remaining years of the programme.

Year 2 Modules:

Core:

Intercultural Communcation; Introduction to Semiotics

Electives:

Two or three languages (50 credits total), at least one of which must be continued from Year 1: the number of credits available in different languages varies.

Year 3 Modules:

Study and/or Work Placement in one or two of the countries of the languages studied in Years 1 and 2.

Year 4 Modules:

Language and Power; Languages and Information Technologies; Introduction to Translation Studies; Languages (1,2 or 3); Teaching English as a Foreign/Second Language

See the College Calendar for additional information on the Programme and the Book of Modules for further information on modules.

 

Detailed Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate entry requirements: 

H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, another language, and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes. Special Entry Requirements:  H3 in the Leaving Certificate (or equivalent) in a language other than English.  There are also specific requirements for the following languages: 

French: A student will not normally be allowed to select French unless they have attained a pass standard in French in the Leaving Certificate (or equivalent).

German (Non-Beginners): H4 in German in the Leaving Certificate Examination (or equivalent).

German (Beginners): H3 in any language other than English in the Leaving Certificate (or equivalent).

Italian (Non-Beginners)H4 in Italian in the Leaving Certificate (or equivalent).

Italian (Beginners): H3 in any language other than English in the Leaving Certificate (or equivalent). Students who have obtained a grade below H4 in Italian can also join Italian (Beginners). 

Spanish (Non-Beginners): H3 in Spanish in the Leaving Certificate (or equivalent).

Spanish (Beginners): H3 in any language other than their first language in the Leaving Certificate (or equivalent). Students who have obtained a grade below H3 in Spanish can also join Spanish (Beginners).

Gaeilge/Irish: H3 in Gaeilge/Irish in the Leaving Certificate (or equivalent). 

Students presenting with a 2016 or previous Leaving Certificate in 2017 will require a HC2 in the languages mentioned above where a H4 is required and a HB3 where a H3 is required. 

Mature Applicants:  Applicants should apply directly to the CAO, include a statement of interest and must also sit the MSAP test. Applicants will be expected to provide evidence of language ability (Leaving Certificate equivalent).  Approximately four places are available on this course for mature students.

FETAC Requirements.

Application Procedure

EU Applicants: Application to the first year of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply online at www.cao.ie. The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry.

Non-EU Applicants: Visit the International Education website.

Mature Applicants: Application is made through should the CAO and the closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of proposed entry

 

Course Practicalities

In each year of the course, students will take intensive language courses in small groups and should expect to do additional exercises for each of the languages studied.

Independent study will be an important part of the programme.

For most languages, access is also provided to an online language course, reinforcing classwork and taken whenever and wherever the student has internet access, or in the language laboratories.

Students will also have additional lectures and readings on the cultures of the languages studied, but this will vary in quantity according to the language combinations chosen. 

Assessment

Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May.  Not all modules will have formal examinations.  Many modules use other types of assessment.

Language skills are assessed by assignments and/or written and listening tests, which provide students with regular feedback on their progress. Most language modules also involve students taking written examinations at the end of the module, and all include oral examinations.

Other courses are assessed by a combination of in-class tests, oral presentations, written assignments and end-of-semester examinations. Assessment is designed also to take into account the writing and presentation skills developed during the programme. Students are encouraged to engage in dialogue with lecturers during the drafting of essays and projects.

The year abroad in Year 3 is assessed entirely on a pass/fail basis.

Who Teaches This Course

All course are taught by highly qualified staff, many of whom are native speakers of the language subjects taught.

The programme is co-ordinated by staff in the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, but the teaching team also includes specialist staff in the School of Asian Studies, the School of Irish Learning, and in Classics.

Modern Languages at UCC was ranked in the top 100 institutes worldwide (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2013)

Further Contact Information

Dr Mark Chu

Programme Co-ordinator

T: +353 (0)21 490 2486/2335

E: m.chu@ucc.ie

Overseas applicants may make an appointment to speak to Dr Chu by Skype (m.chu.ucc). 

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