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Archived Version 2022 - 2023

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NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module aims to develop mediation skills through reflection on students’ own learning and personal development during the Year Abroad. The focus is on mediating texts and mediating communication, with the purpose of consolidating students’ proficiency and mediation skills as an independent language user with a career as a language professional in mind.

Learning Outcomes

1. Exploit knowledge of socio-cultural conventions in the target culture in order to establish a consensus on how to proceed in a particular situation.
2. Clarify misunderstandings and misinterpretations during intercultural encounters, suggesting how things were actually meant in order to move the discussion forward.
3. Relay (orally) in English presentations, news items, articles, or books given in the target language that are particularly relevant for a specific purpose.
4. Relay (in writing) in English the relevant point(s) contained in propositionally complex but well-structured texts written in the target language within his/her fields of professional, academic and personal interest.
5. Interpret and describe reliably in English detailed information contained in complex diagrams, charts and other visually organised information with text in the target language on topics in his/her fields of interest.
6. Summarise in English the important points made in longer, complex, live spoken texts or discussions in the target language on subjects of current interest, including his/her fields of special interest.
7. Summarise in the target language the important points made in a clearly structured lecture in the target language on a familiar subject.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Tutorial5Synchronous online consultation.
Assignment Completion50Asynchronous preparation and reading.
Independent Study195Autonomous language learning throughout the study abroad period.
Total Workload: 250

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Content includes:
Interactive exercises through the target language and English relating to mediating texts; Participative cultural and intercultural exercises related to mediating communication.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
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