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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2022 - 2023

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NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module is centered around an intensive 4-day block combining synchronous and asynchronous online tasks and activities. It has three primary points of focus. The first is on student production and interaction through the target language with the purpose of reactivating and further developing students’ proficiency following a Summer break and in advance of a period of study abroad. Secondly, the tasks and activities are intended to sensitise students to relevant cultural differences. Thirdly, the module is designed to prepare students for academic study and the completion of assignments in the target language during their period of study abroad.

Learning Outcomes

1. Communicate confidently through the target language in typical situations encountered during a study abroad experience
2. Recognise where typical cultural misunderstandings can occur and react appropriately.
3. Recognise and adapt to cultural difference as it relates to their study abroad experience.
4. Continue to develop their own language learning and use of appropriate resources in a manner that supports their study abroad experience including their academic activities.
5. Produce a short report in the target language evidencing structured reflection on their experience of their first semester abroad.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Seminars16Synchronous online engagement
Directed learning12Preparation and debriefing/further reading related to module tasks and activities
Independent Study97Ongoing language learning, reflection and proficiency development throughout the first semester of the study abroad period culminating in the production of a report in the target language.
Total Workload: 125

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

Indicative Content and materials
● Materials, tasks and activities to be provided by the course coordinator. Some activities will require the sourcing and preparation of material and language resources by the students. ● Interactive exercises through the target language relating to various aspects of the study abroad experience and the academic requirements of an exchange. ● Participative cultural and intercultural exercises related to the students’ target culture. ● Material and exercises related to assignment completion and the production of reports in the target language.

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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