Languages for Global Communication is designed to help you become an intercultural communicator who is able to bring a highly desirable set of skills to a range of employment roles.
- The course addresses the future workforce skills in language, communication and intercultural competencies.
- You will have the chance to learn languages through a flexible skills–based curriculum that is focused on international business contexts, intercultural studies, international relations, translation and language learning theory.
- Bring out your practical talent and up-skill for a range of employment roles (e.g. translation, teaching, diplomatic services, business, police force) and environments (e.g. public sector, private businesses and educational establishments).
Why you should study this course
Our Languages for Global Communication gives you the following opportunities and benefits:
- There’s a broad range of modules built around four interwoven strands: language learning and teaching, intercultural awareness, international relations and business communication.
- You will have an opportunity to gain the Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT), accredited by Cambridge Assessment English, at no extra cost. The TKT is currently a globally recognised professional qualification in over 60 countries.
- You will have an opportunity to prepare for DALF (Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française), DELE (Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera), HSK (Hànyǔ Shuǐpíng Kǎoshì), or CAE (Cambridge Advanced English). Registration for the tests may incur additional costs.
- You can learn other languages at no extra cost.
- You can develop a broad range of skills and knowledge which are desirable for many post-graduation roles including teaching, translation, public sector work, foreign service or private business.
- A chance to develop a dynamic online presence through creating an individual ‘A Domain of One’s Own’ website, which allows graduates to present prospective employers with an online portfolio of the variety of their degree-level work.
- You will have the option of gaining free Student Affiliate Membership of the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIOL). For the Affiliate Membership*, which is annually renewable. You can apply when you show you are taking a language specialist degree. After successfully graduating, you can then apply for full Membership* (which includes benefits such as access to CPD webinars and participation in events with COIL members from specialist divisions: ‘Business, Professions and Government Division’ (BPG), ‘Interpreting Division’ (ID) and ‘Translation Division’ (TD)). *May be subject to additional costs.
What you’ll study
Through studying this course, you will be taught the skills required to become proficient in one or two languages (to at least level C1 in the Common European Framework, CEFR), with the option to attain competency (B1 in CEFR) in another language. You can acquire a foundation in the study of how languages themselves are learned and taught, both face-to-face and online, to adults as well as children.
In addition, you can take optional translation modules which aim to combine both theory and practice in a variety of linguistic contexts, e.g. literary, journalistic, technical, and political and economic discourse.
This should be achieved through the options to study French, Spanish and Mandarin as these are among the key foreign languages rated as most useful to business by successive Confederation of British Industry (CBI)/Pearson Education and Skills Surveys. Other languages rated as highly important by CBI/Pearson Education, including German, Italian and Japanese, are also available at no extra cost through the Add+vantage programme of employability enhancement modules.
Students whose first language (L1) is not English will have an opportunity to learn English as a second language.
How you’ll learn
The course is taught using a variety of traditional, digital and innovative teaching methods and platforms.
Teaching and learning methods include lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials devoted to regular formative assessments. Study trips are also used to enhance experiential learning, as well as taught sessions in a range of locations outside of the classroom. Other forms of learning include online working and research, self-directed study and group / collaborative work.
Students will also have the opportunity to create a personal online website (Domain of One’s Own – DoOO).
This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include, in-class tests, coursework, group presentations, video presentations and posters.
The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes.
On successful completion of the course you will be able to:
- Acquire one or more languages equivalent to Level C1 (proficient user) of the Common European Framework (CEFR).
- Demonstrate professional and project management skills for a wide range of working environments.
- Demonstrate digital literacy through the design and creation of a range of communicative artefacts.
- Critically analyse research material in relation to other cultures, communities and societies in English and in the target languages.
- Evaluate team dynamics while working in a group and independently.
- Critically reflect on your own and others’ practice within academic and international contexts.
- Demonstrate creativity and enterprise by working on intercultural projects, events and activities in the campus, locally and globally.
- Demonstrate a high level of competence in intercultural studies, teaching and learning, international relations or international business.
International experience opportunities
Intercultural and international engagement forms the core of the course design from the induction sessions throughout students’ journey to graduation. You will have the chance to be actively engaged with international students across the university (Culturae Mundi), but also beyond, through engagement in Collaborative Online International Learning projects (COIL). Other ways include partner institutions and involvement with the Confucius Institute (CI) and assessment via your website (Domain of One’s Own – DoOO). You will be invited to attend tailored conversation workshops where you will be encouraged to develop and increase your confidence and augment your developing speaking skills through practice with a native speaker.
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