What kind of student would enjoy this course?
This course will appeal to someone who is interested in another culture and way of life and who enjoys languages and communicating. At least a grade 6, but preferably a grade 7 at GCSE, in the chosen language, is recommended and you should feel confident at this level in listening, reading, writing and speaking. A secure understanding of grammar is essential for translation skills.
What will I study?
The course includes a study of the society in which the language is spoken through a variety of topics such as music, film, fashion, sport and relationships. You will read magazines, newspapers and books in the chosen language and listen to the contemporary language from sources such as news reports, interviews and discussions. Learning grammar, words and phrases will help you to hold conversations and write essays.
First year topics: One aspect of the society of the language studied; Artistic culture; one film
Second year topics: A further social issue and trend from the TL country; A theme from political life from the TL country; One literary text; Individual research project for speaking assessment (IRP).
What skills will I learn?
You will learn to communicate at a higher level in the chosen language and you willl have a better understanding of the country and its people. Learning a foreign language also equips you with a variety of skills such as summarising, listening for gist and detail and succinctly analysing and producing information – all skills which are in demand in a variety of professions. Critical thinking skills are developed through analysis and evaluation of texts and films. Students will learn specific translation skills which will prepare them well in a career working with languages
What could I do at the end of my course?
You could choose to study the language at degree level, perhaps combined with another subject such as Law or Business Studies. An A-Level in a modern language would also prove useful if you ever work for an international company. Many employers look favourably upon candidates with a foreign language.