LS2TSA-Term Study Abroad

Module Provider: English Language and Applied Linguistics
Number of credits: 60 [30 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring / Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Erhan Aslan


Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module is taken by students on the Semester Study Abroad who are placed in an exchange university to study in spring and summer terms only.


One of the aims of the term study abroad is to increase students’ skills and knowledge in the field of linguistics. This module aims to provide students with opportunities for achieving this aim alongside students of the host institution who are studying linguistics. A further aim is to provide students with the opportunity to broaden their experience of linguistics as conceived and taught in another culture. This module also aims to provide students with the opportunity to monitor, in an explicit and systematic fashion, their progress in learning and using the foreign language in naturalistic settings through the reflective process of the language log.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to:

  • provide explicit information on the rate and nature of their progress in communicative abilities in the foreign language by means of a longitudinal language log;

  • organise their knowledge and articulate arguments effectively in speech and writing.

  • compare and contrast cultural patterns of communication between the home and host cultures.

Additional outcomes:

The module also aims to encourage the development of the students’ awareness of foreign cultures, through improved communicative effectiveness.

Outline content:

Students will take modules in linguistics offered by the host institution. During the semester abroad, students are required to keep a regular longitudinal ‘language log’ on their personal communicative progress in the foreign language, in everyday situations outside the language classroom. If English is the main language spoken or it is not possible to study a foreign language, the module will be assessed by an ‘intercultural communication log’ on the aspects of communication encounters, breakdowns as experienced by the students. The Study Abroad Coordinator should be consulted to agree details. This must be maintained in a form prescribed by the Director of Studies, to whom it must be submitted on students’ return, together with a reflective final entry which draws on the language/intercultural communication log documenting the student’s progress and experienced during the time spent abroad.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The language log is maintained as a guided personal diary with headings and prompts to ensure consistency of representation throughout the period of self-observation.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Year aboad 300 300
Total hours by term 300.00 300.00
Total hours for module 600.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

This will vary for each student depending on the final choice of courses and on the institution.

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

This will vary for each student depending on the final choice of courses and on the institution.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:

    A mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:

    As required for the language classes by the prevailing procedures of the host institution. The language log will be carried forward if it bears a mark of 40% or more overall; otherwise it must be re-submitted by the first Monday of the Spring Term of the Final Year.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 18 October 2018


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