DCU Language & Culture Programme

The DCU Language & Culture Programme offers students of the Future undergraduate degrees the opportunity to study an additional language and to obtain extra credit and certification for this alongside their specialist degree programme in DCU.
Registration in the programme

Students of the DCU Futures Degrees can self-registered in the programme in the following modules: 3001 (AB initio) and 3005 (leaving certificate exit level). 

For registration for the other modules on the programme, students must have either successfully completed the previous level of the programme or had their proficiency level assessed and deemed appropriate for the module by the relevant International Language Tutor prior to registration.

 


Module code CEFR level Comments Languages offered at this level
3001 A.1.1 Absolute beginner. No prior knowledge of the language. Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Chinese and Japanese (From January 2023).
3002 A.1.2 False beginner. Basic communication about yourself and others. Spanish (From September 2022)
3003 A.2.1 (Option 1) To have successfully completed the previous module. (Option 2) Assess your level with the language tutor. Spanish (From January 2023)
3004 A.2.2 (Option 1) To have successfully completed the previous module. (Option 2) Assess your level with the language tutor. 2024/2025
3005 A2+ Leaving certificate lower than H3 German, French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Chinese and Japanese (From January 2023)
3006 B.1.1 Leaving certificate higher than H4 Spanish and French (September 2022)
3007 B.1.2 (Option 1) To have successfully completed the previous module. (Option 2) Assess your level with the language tutor. Spanish and French (January 2023)
3008 B.2.1 (Option 1) To have successfully completed the previous module. (Option 2) Assess your level with the language tutor. Spanish and French 2023/2024
3009 B.2.2 (Option 1) To have successfully completed the previous module. (Option 2) Assess your level with the language tutor. Spanish and French 2023/2024

SP3001: semester 2 (Level A1.1) starting January 2023

This module is aimed for students that have no knowledge of Spanish. Throughout the semester, students will perform individual and pair/group work to complete comprehension, production and interactions tasks to develop their language competence in basic matters of personal relevance (e.g. basic description of people, countries, likes and dislikes, traveling and activities). In doing so, students will begin to develop some intercultural awareness of cultural differences in relation to these topics and a range of transferable and life-long learning skills.

SP3002: semester 1 (Level A1.2) starting September 2022

This module is for students who have some very basic notions of the language (A1 CEFR) e.g.can introduce themselves or others in Spanish and talk about likes or dislikes and travel preferences.  Throughout the semester, students will perform individual and collaborative work in small projects to complete comprehension, production and interactions tasks to develop their language competence in matters of personal relevance. e.g. talking about habits, food and routines, and performing everyday transactions, for example, in a shop or in a restaurant. In doing so, students will begin to develop their intercultural awareness in relation to these topics, as well as a range of transferable and life-long learning skills.

SP3003: semester 2 (Level A2.1) starting January 2023

This module marks the 1st of the elementary modules (A2 CEFR). Throughout the semester, students will perform individual and collaborative work to complete comprehension, production and interactions tasks to develop their language competence to allow the learner to talk about present, future and some past experiences. In doing so, students will begin to develop their intercultural awareness in relation to these topics, as well as a range of transferable and life-long learning skills.

SP3004: not available yet (Level A2.2)

The module will start in 2023/2024. 

SP3005: semester 2 (Level A2+) starting January 2023

Throughout the semester, students will perform individual and collaborative tasks to develop their confidence and competence in spoken production and oral interaction in the target language while reinforcing their listening and writing skills. Students will develop skills that will help them source and critically evaluate cultural information about Spanish-speaking cultures and produce spoken and written texts directed to both Irish and Spanish-speaking audiences to raise awareness of cultural differences.

SP3006: semester 1 (Level B1.1) starting September 2022

This module marks the first of the intermediate modules B.1.1. Throughout the semester, students will perform individual tasks and a small collaborative project to develop their confidence and competence in the target language to introduce opinions and viewpoints about different matters e.g. consumer products, inventions, cinema, basic stories.

SP3007: semester 2 (Level B1.2) starting January 2022

This module marks the second of the intermediate modules B.1.2 Throughout the semester, students will perform individual tasks and small collaborative projects to develop their confidence and competence in the target language to express emotions, opinions and judgements about different topics e.g. animal rights, social issues, cultural values, and behaviours. By doing so, you will demonstrate evidence of reflective thinking and intercultural awareness on how behaviour in everyday interactions in different cultures may convey a message different to the one he/she intends.

SP3008: not available yet (Level B2.1)

The module will start in 2023/2024. 

SP3009: not available yet (Level B2.2)

The module will start in 2023/2024.

FR3005: semester 2 (Level A2+) starting January 2023

In this module, students will learn and research about French speaking countries. They will discover different expressions and accents from different countries. There will be a focus on speaking skill and culture. Adapted or authentic documents will be used.

FR3006: semester 1 (Level B1.1) starting September 2022

In this module, students will continue learning about culture and language in different French speaking countries and will work on their language skills as well. They will start to show an ability to reflect on interculturality. Only authentic documents will be used.

FR3007: semester 2 (Level B1.2) starting January 2022

In this module, students will be able to express themselves in French about culture, language and other familiar topics. They will become independent learners and will be able to reflect on their own learning journey and on interculturality. Only authentic documents will be used.

FR3008: not available yet (Level B2.1)

The module will start in 2023/2024. 

FR3009: not available yet (Level B2.2)

The module will start in 2023/2024.

GE3005: semester 2 (Level A2+) starting January 2023

This module is designed for students who already studied German. In this module we will discover the language and culture of Germany and German speaking countries. We will use the language (written and spoken)  to communicate and train our language skills for intercultural everyday situations. 

GE3006: semester 1 (Level B1.1) starting September 2022

This module will deepen the intercultural competence of the German learners. We will explore the language and culture of German speaking countries through authentic sources such as newspaper articles, music, literature and art. Students will learn to express themselves in written and spoken language on both familiar and more complex subjects. 

GE3007: semester 2 (Level B1.2) starting January 2022

In this module we will use the target language to express ideas and concepts in both informal and professional settings, situations. We will look at different characteristics of the German language and culture and how to demonstrate intercultural competence and reflective thinking while using the target language.

GE3008: not available yet (Level B2.1)

The module will start in 2023/2024. 

GE3009: not available yet (Level B2.2)

The module will start in 2023/2024.

JA3001: semester 2 (Level A1.1) starting January 2023

This module is designed for students with no experience of learning Japanese. We will discover the Japanese language and culture by working in pairs and groups as well as individually. Students will learn the language in both spoken and written forms, developing their linguistic skills to deal with simple matters of personal relevance (e.g. greeting and socialising with people, giving a basic description of themselves and others, travelling and interacting with locals). Through fun and thought-provoking activities, students will also develop some awareness of similarities and differences between the Japanese culture and their own.  

JA3005: semester 2 (Level A2+) starting January 2023

This module is designed for students who are working towards the intermediate level of Japanese. We will take a deeper look into the Japanese language and culture by working in pairs and groups as well individually. Students will learn the language in both spoken and written forms, further developing their linguistic skills needed to understand and communicate information on familiar subjects of personal relevance (e.g. everyday life, university activities, interests). Through fun and thought-provoking activities, students will also learn to critically evaluate information about the Japanese culture and address its similarities and differences to their own cultures.

There is no formal examination in this programme. Your progression to the next level will be based on the completion of an E-portfolio, assessment of your language skills, and engagement in independent learning activities.

Portfolio 

A portfolio is an individual piece of work in which you show evidence of regular practice between seminars, ability to reflect on cultural experiences (e.g. in the Languaculture Space), and on your ability to reflect upon your learning. 

Language skills

Your reading, written, oral and listening skills will be assessed through a variety of tasks or project you will complete in your module.  

Participation in independent learning activities. For example those organised in the LanguaCulture space

How can I register in the programme?

There are two registration periods for the DCU language and culture programme. Continuing students wishing to register will choose the code LC3000 in their registration options in August. Registration for 1st years, a window will be given to the students to register in November after an information session.

I am interested in taking a language alongside my programme but I am unsure which level to register for.

You should have your level assessed by the relevant language tutor. 

Can I take more than one language in the programme?

Yes, you can study more than one language but not at the same time. For example, you can start with one language at a given level and then opt for a different language at a different level.

I am not a student of the new Futures Degrees, can I take a language course?

During this pilot phase, the programme is offered exclusively on the DCU Futures Degrees.

Do I need to follow the sequence of the nine levels of the programme to progress in the language of my choice?

No, your level of proficiency is the result of many different experiences you had learning that language both in the classroom, but also outside the classroom e.g you may spend time in countries where the language is spoken, attend special courses, or have other opportunities to use the language during your holidays, or with friends and family. All these factors may change your level of proficiency at any stage. If you are unsure about your level, you should have your level assessed by the relevant language tutor.

Do I have to sit an exam?

No, there is no formal examination. Yet, learning languages as practising sports needs training. Will you play a match of your favourite sport without training first? Probably not, since your performance will not be the same. It is the same when you are learning a language, you need to practise first to perform well. For this reason, you will need to show evidence of your practice throughout a portfolio.

What would happen if I fail? Can I study a different language?

If you fail the module, you can repeat the same module or you can choose a different language in the programme.

Can I change my choice of languages during my studies?

Yes, you can change your choice of language at any time. For example, you can start learning Spanish at an intermediate level for one year, and the following year you can choose to start a different language at beginner level.

 



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