BA Modern Languages Spanish

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BA Modern Languages Spanish

University of East Anglia
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As well as taking this programme from post-A level, it is possible to start from beginners level in Spanish or GCSE level in Spanish. In these cases, more intensive language study is provided prior to the year abroad in year three. This more intensive study reduces slightly the number of optional modules available in year 1.

This is a four-year degree programme which enables you to devote between about one-half and two-thirds of your time to the study of one or two languages, one language to Honours level and one at Subsidiary level, for example. The programme includes a year abroad related to the Honours Language(s).

The programme is designed to provide coherence and focus around core lan…

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As well as taking this programme from post-A level, it is possible to start from beginners level in Spanish or GCSE level in Spanish. In these cases, more intensive language study is provided prior to the year abroad in year three. This more intensive study reduces slightly the number of optional modules available in year 1.

This is a four-year degree programme which enables you to devote between about one-half and two-thirds of your time to the study of one or two languages, one language to Honours level and one at Subsidiary level, for example. The programme includes a year abroad related to the Honours Language(s).

The programme is designed to provide coherence and focus around core language study. Progression over four years is ensured by the careful sequencing of units, from a range of introductory units in the first year, to greater specialisation and sophistication of approach in subsequent years. The programme is flexible, built on the modular principle, and a number of free choice units are available to enable you to pursue your own individual interests.

In Year One, as subsequently, language modules make up the compulsory component of the programme and you also take an introductory module called Study, Research and Communication Skills which develops the core academic skills, attributes and knowledge necessary for language students to make the most of your study at university. You then have scope to choose from a range of options which normally include: Popular Culture in Latin America; Language, Culture and Interpersonal Communication, Introduction to International Relations, and Discourse and Power. Single Honours post-A level entry students also choose from our wide range of Subsidiary languages and thus develop expertise in an existing non-A level language, or increase the range of languages they have by starting a new one; many students develop a Subsidiary language over the first two years of their degree. Our range of Subsidiary languages is currently as follows: British Sign Language, Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Modern Greek, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. Many of these can be studied for a second year (to intermediate level, i.e. A level equivalent); there are also one-year and two-year post-A level subsidiary courses in some languages.

Core Honours language study makes up at least one third of your study for the remaining two years spent at UEA, more if you are studying two languages to Honours level. In your Final Year, alongside core language study, single Honours students also take an advanced/specialised translation module.

For the non-language credits in years two and four, you have a choice of options in language-related units which currently include, Translation Issues in the Media, Language and Politics, Subtitling and Dubbing, Translation Theory and Practice, Translation and Adaptation, Language and Gender, or Interpreting, or cultural units such as, Spain through the Eye of the Lens, or An Introduction to Latin American Film. In Year Two single Honours students can continue the Subsidiary language started in Year One. There is also the possibility of choosing one unit of Free Choice in Year Two from the range offered across the university; including the Year Two units listed above. Your choice of options is made in consultation with your Adviser, who will ensure that it not only reflects your interests, but that it is also academically coherent.

Honours Language Work

Each year, you have on average 4 contact-hours per week in your Honours language (or more if you study Spanish from beginners level). The Honours language teaching is closely related to the study of contemporary society in the country (or countries) where your Honours language is spoken and your experience of learning language at UEA will include a combination of lectures, seminars and conversation classes. It will cover grammar, translation from and into Spanish, reading and listening comprehension, précis and paraphrase work, the study of different styles and registers, lexical exercises and oral work. You will also spend a significant proportion of your time working independently using subject-oriented teaching dossiers, radio, TV, films, transcripts, newspapers and online resources while keeping abreast of current affairs and cultural life at home and abroad. Our Language Centre has a digital language laboratory, a viewing and editing room, an interpreting suite for advanced language training, live satellite television broadcasts, a large, multi-media self-access resources room with a wide range of DVDs and reference books, up-to-date computers linked to the internet, and translation software.

You will acquire specific expertise in the traditional language skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening, as well as transferable skills such as time management, self-discipline and self-motivation, intercultural awareness, flexibility and resourcefulness, mediation skills, IT literacy and teamwork.

The Year Abroad

Year Three is spent in a country where your Honours language is spoken. For more information on the Year Abroad, please click on the Study Abroad tab above.


Course Organiser:Dr. Carlos De Pablos-Ortega
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Entry Requirements A Level: ABB International Baccalaureate: 32 Scottish Advanced Highers: ABB Irish Leaving Certificate: AABBBB Access Course: Please contact the University for further information. HND: Please contact the University for further information. European Baccalaureate: 75% Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading). Recognised English Language qualifications include:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in all components)
  • TOEFL: Internet-based score of 88 overall (minimum 18 in the Listening and Writing components; 19 in the Reading component; and 21 in the Speaking component)
  • PTE: 62 overall with minimum 55 in all components

If you do not meet the University's entry requirements, our INTO Language Learning Centre offers a range of university preparation courses to help you develop the high level of academic and English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study.

Interviews

The School does not currently interview all applicants for undergraduate entry as standard, however we do offer the opportunity to meet with an academic individually on a Visit Day in order to gain a deeper insight into the course(s) you have applied for.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.

Deferred Entry

We also welcome applications for deferred entry, believing that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and may wish to contact the appropriate Admissions Office directly to discuss this further.

Special Entry Requirements

It is generally expected that you should have at least a Grade B at A Level, or its equivalent, in the language or languages that you intend to take at honours level.

In the case of Spanish or Japanese studied from Beginners' or Spanish, French or Japanese from post-GCSE level, we require evidence of foreign language learning ability, such as a good grade in a foreign language at GCSE.

Intakes

The School's annual intake is in September of each year.

Alternative Qualifications

If you have alternative qualifications that have not been mentioned above then please contact the University directly for further information.

GCSE Offer

Students are required to have Mathematics and English at Grade C or above at GCSE level.

Assessment

For the majority of candidates the most important factors in assessing the application will be past and future achievement in examinations, academic interest in the subject being applied for, personal interest and extra-curricular activities and the confidential reference. We consider applicants as individuals and accept students from a very wide range of educational backgrounds and spend time considering your application in order to reach an informed decision relating your application. Typical offers are indicated above. Please note, there may be additional subject entry requirements specific to individual degree courses.

The School of Language and Communication Studies is a small, lively School where we offer flexible undergraduate degree programmes with an emphasis on language competence and on issues relating to contemporary language and translation. Our graduates are highly employable and enter an extremely wide range of professions using their well-developed language and communication skills, and intercultural sensitivity.

Our MA graduates are equally successful professionally. Courses at this level enable flexible planning in the combination of core and optional modules and in the range of possible dissertation topics, while the Faculty of Arts and Humanities provides a rich interdisciplinary environment designed to encourage dialogue and the cross-fertilisation of ideas.

New for 2012-13

We’re always working to build on our strengths here in LCS, improving your student experience – and your prospects. Here are some new Key Features for 2012-13 that you won’t yet find in our brochure:

  • Smaller groups in language classes – as few as 10 – mean even better quality learning.
  • New high-spec professional interpreter training facilities – helping to keep you ahead of the game.
  • Employability boost – extra timetabled sessions to develop your skills and employability profile for a range of professions using language skills right from the start of your degree course.

Find out what our undergraduate students say or check out our Facebook page for 2013 applicants where you can ask our current students questions about studying and living here:

www.facebook.com/groups/UEALCSapps2013

UniStats Information Fees and Funding University Fees and Financial Support: UK/EU Students

Further information on fees and funding for 2012 can be found here

University Fees and Financial Support: International Students

The University will be charging International students £11,700.00 for all full time School of Language and Communication Studies undergraduate programmes which start in 2012.

Please click to access further information about fees and funding for International students.


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