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LFA-FOR CURRENT STUDENTS

 Key benefits

  • Learn a new language or improve your existing language skills
  • Enhance your CV and increase your employability
  • Excellent preparation for placements abroad
  • Languages are increasingly in demand from global businesses
  • Increase your intercultural awareness 

If you're a student from the School of Languages & Social Sciences or Aston Business School you may be entitled to take a Languages for All (LFA) module as part of your existing studies for credits towards your degree. Please make sure you check the below information carefully before applying to study a language alongside your degree, the listed degrees are the only ones which entail a language stream. If your degree is not listed below, unfortunately you will not qualify to study a Languages for All module for credits. Further information can be found below or by contacting our LFA team.

School of Languages & Social Sciences (LSS) students:

LSS Second Year:

  • Politics and International Relations
  • Single Honours French
  • Single Honours German
  • Single Honours Spanish
  • Translation Studies French
  • Translation Studies German
  • Translation Studies Spanish


LSS Final Year:

  • Single Honours French
  • Single Honours German
  • Single Honours Spanish
  • Translation Studies French
  • Translation Studies German
  • Translation Studies Spanish

Aston Business School (ABS) students:

The following ABS students can take a LFA module as part of their programme at no extra cost:

ABS Second Year: 
  • International Business and Management
  • International Business and Modern Languages 
  • Business Computing & IT

ABS Final Year:
  • International Business and Management
  • International Business and Economics
  • International Business and Modern Languages 

Current students who wish to learn a langauge but dont qualify for this scheme:

For students who are not eligible to take a language module through the Languages for All scheme, you can study a language from a wide selection of languages available at the BrassHouse.

Will I be able to continue with this language next year or after my placement year?

If you have successfully completed a language module, we would urge you to continue your language studies during your placement year and to pursue your studies at a higher level on your return. For more information on options available please visit the BrassHouse website

Part I runs from October to December and Part II runs from January to May. Please click on the links below to download the module specification for each module.

Arabic

Beginners part I & part II
Intermediate part I & part II
Advanced part I & part II

German 

Beginners part I & part II
Intermediate part I & part II
Advanced part I & part II

Spanish

Beginners part I & part II
Intermediate part I & part II
Advanced part I & part II 

Japanese

Beginners part I & part II 
Intermediate - part I & part II

French

Beginners part I & part II
Intermediate part I & part II
Advanced part I & part II

Mandarin Chinese

Beginners part I & part II
Intermediate part I & part II
Advanced part I & part II

Portuguese

Beginners part I & part II 
Intermediate part I part II
Advanced - part I & part II
Beginners - modules are designed for those with no knowledge of the language

Intermediate - you will need some prior knowledge of the language, usually a GCSE

Advanced - you will usually need an AS level, or an equivalent qualification in same language

The Course Director will determine which level of study is appropriate for each student (beginners, intermediate or advanced) based on the information that you supply on your application form.  If you are enrolling on an intermediate or advanced module, you may be required to take a test to check your language level.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught by experienced language instructors who are all (near) native speakers of the language they teach. The target language (Arabic, French, German, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese or Spanish) will be used as the primary medium of instruction and interaction, to enable you to practise speaking, listening, reading and writing from the beginning. Multimedia materials are regularly used in class and to support teaching.

How much work will be involved?

As a rough guide, you should aim to spend three hours in private or guided study activities for every hour of class time. Continual reinforcement is essential in language learning, and to encourage this, regular assessed assignments are set during the course of the year. The positive consequence of this is that you should find that the end of year revision is less demanding than for more exam-based modules.

Is the number of places restricted?

Yes, there is a limit of 25 students per language group.

Where can I find out more about the module and resources available to me?

All module descriptions can be found above. Once you are enrolled on the programme, you will be given access to the Undergraduate Handbook on the School intranet (current LSS students will have access to the intranet already).

What other resources are available to me?

You can support in-class tuition by watching news bulletins in the foreign language, listening to the radio and accessing interactive software in the School of Languages and Social Sciences open-access computer laboratory. Resources within our e-learning centre are also available to all students.

The School of Languages and Social Sciences has a dedicated Learning Support Team and excellent facilities including:

  • 70 computers in 4 rooms
  • Streamed satellite television (French, German, Spanish)
  • TRADOS and memoQ Translation Software
  • Free DVD library (French, Spanish, German, English)
  • Audio and video-editing tools  

You will be emailed the monthly Languages for All E-Newsletter every month. You can also download them here.

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Student Profile

Student Profile

Alex Stafford
Studied Mandarin Chinese
My interest in languages is one of the factors that helped me secure my 12-month industrial placement in Romania, working for the global manufacturer Cooper Industries, who operate in over 20 countries. I am a buyer for raw materials and my knowledge of the Chinese language and culture has proven useful when dealing with our Chinese suppliers.
Student Profile

Student Profile

Chantal Foyer
Studied Arabic and Spanish
Learning languages has proved very useful when applying for my placement year. I have been able to split my placement year into a study placement in Granada, Spain, and a working placement in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
Student Profile

Student Profile

Daniela Todorova
Studied French
My tutor was passionate, supportive and always willing to help. More importantly for me, she was creative. She managed to incorporate into the traditional teaching methods some very interesting techniques like presentations, discussions and even shooting a video clip, which made learning French much more fun.

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