Module title: Postgraduate Language - German

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: LNG11113
Module leader: Vivien Xiaowei Zhou
School The Business School
Subject area group: Tourism and Languages
Prerequisites

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

2018/9, Trimester 1, Blended,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Blended
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Partner:
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Vivien Xiaowei Zhou
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Language learning takes place in highly interactive tutorial groups and has a strong emphasis on communicative ability and the four language skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Language learning at all levels requires a strong commitment from the learner. All language modules foster and develop this by means of frequent formative assessments, portfolio assessments, the provision of student conversation partners and a bank of core and supplementary materials on Moodle together with supplementary materials made available electronically through the Languages ‘L’ drive (LO 1). Higher level postgraduate skills and autonomy will be evidenced by the ability to manage a demanding workload, and the use of language skills outwith the subject area of the module to research and develop a project on a topic related to your main programme of study (LOs 2, 3).

Contact will be three to four hours per week of labs and tutorials, additional hours will also be necessary to undertake the project. The module leader will act as supervisor for the project, with input where necessary from languages colleagues with specific skills, knowledge or research interests (LOs 4, 5). The topic for the project must be agreed with the module leader and must relate to the Masters programme on which you are enrolled. The project will contribute to enhancing your intercultural understanding and understanding of the processes of second language learning. If you are on the MSc Intercultural Business Communication, for example, you may wish to develop the content studied in other modules in order to focus a project on the cultural or business environment of the country where the language is spoken. If you are on the ‘with TESOL’ programme you might wish to focus a similar topic or to undertake a project on the nature of second language acquisition. The language learning element will give access to deeper understanding of a specific cultural context and to sources of literature or learni

Formative Assessment:
Formative feedback will be provided in tutorials for both the language acquisition and the project.

Summative Assessment:
There are three parts to the assessment for the module. A portfolio relating to the language acquisition (50%), an outline project proposal (5%) and the project (45%). The project will analyse a business, cultural or linguistic topic relating to a country where the language studied is spoken, or to the theory of language learning itself. The language learning will support and inform the project by developing cultural insights and enabling access to resources in the language and to literature which would not otherwise be available.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Tutorial 40
Independent Learning Guided independent study 160
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 50 1 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3000
Project - Written 5 2 & 4 5 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 400
Project - Written 45 2 - 4 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100
2018/9, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Vivien Xiaowei Zhou
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Language learning takes place in highly interactive tutorial groups and has a strong emphasis on communicative ability and the four language skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Language learning at all levels requires a strong commitment from the learner. All language modules foster and develop this by means of frequent formative assessments, portfolio assessments, the provision of student conversation partners and a bank of core and supplementary materials on WebCT together with supplementary materials made available electronically through the Languages ‘L’ drive (LO 1). Higher level postgraduate skills and autonomy will be evidenced by the ability to manage a demanding workload, and the use of language skills outwith the subject area of the module to research and develop a project on a topic related to your main programme of study (LOs 2, 3).

Contact will be three to four hours per week of labs and tutorials, additional hours will also be necessary to undertake the project. The module leader will act as supervisor for the project, with input where necessary from languages colleagues with specific skills, knowledge or research interests (LOs 4, 5). The topic for the project must be agreed with the module leader and must relate to the Masters programme on which you are enrolled. The project will contribute to enhancing your intercultural understanding and understanding of the processes of second language learning. If you are on the MSc Intercultural Business Communication, for example, you may wish to develop the content studied in other modules in order to focus a project on the cultural or business environment of the country where the language is spoken. If you are on the ‘with TESOL’ programme you might wish to focus a similar topic or to undertake a project on the nature of second language acquisition. The language learning element will give access to deeper understanding of a specific cultural context and to sources of literature or learnin

Formative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Summative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 40
Independent Learning Guided independent study 160
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 50 1 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3000
Project - Written 5 2 & 4 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 400
Project - Written 45 2 - 4 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

You will study a foreign language at an appropriate level focusing on the applied skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Through this study you will also gain an informed cultural empathy which combined with the language skills, will enhance your capability to access and research authentic, current, foreign language sources of information. These skills will be applied in researching and writing an independent project on an aspect of your named programme of study.

Learning Outcomes for module:

On completion of this module you will be able to:

LO1: Demonstrate skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing in the language you have chosen to study.
LO2: Identify a topic for critical investigation, analysis and evaluation.
LO3: Integrate the skills gained in learning the language in researching a project relating to that language or country.
LO4: Exercise substantial autonomy and initiative in carrying out the project.
LO5: Produce a project which synthesises and evaluates a range of sources including some in the chosen language

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

ADAMS, JOHN, HAFIZ KHAN, ROBERT RAESIDE (2014) RESEARCH METHODS FOR BUSINESS AND SOCIAL SCIENCE STUDENTS: SAGE, 1st ed.
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