SML3010 - Work and Study Abroad

2010/1 Module description

Staff
Credit Value120
ECTS Value60
NQF Level
Pre-requisites60 credits (30 ECTS) of core language in the language of the host country.
Co-requisites
Duration of Module

Module aims

1. To enhance the student’s awareness of the process of foreign-language acquisition and to develop
strategies for more effective learning
2. To develop the student’s intercultural awareness and competence through reflection on the experience
of living, working and studying abroad
3. To enhance the student’s ability to manage her/his own learning and to develop independent learning
skills
4. To enhance the student’s capacity for self-assessment through structured reflection on her/his
experience
5. To maximize the benefits of studying and working abroad by the transference of the student’s new skills
to both his/her academic and professional careers
6. To increase the student’s employability in an increasingly competitive international market

7. To develop the student’s awareness of her/his potential as a global citizen

Syllabus plan

The module has 3 stages:
1. Year 2 Preparation for residence, employment and study abroad, audit of linguistic, intercultural and
employability skills plus environmental awareness.
2. Year 3 Completion of a formative portfolio, demonstrating the achievement of the learning outcomes.
3. Completion of 4 essays (amounting to 2,000 words) and an assessed presentation in the target
language, reflecting on the experience of working or studying abroad.

Learning and teaching methods

Details of Learning and Teaching Methods:
Year 2
Term 1: 3 placement-specific meetings led by the Year-Abroad Co-ordinator in which students are
informed about the details of i) work placements; ii) the Erasmus scheme to facilitate university study
abroad; and iii) the British Council scheme enabling students to work as language assistants in schools.
Meetings with personal tutors to prepare reference for students taking the British Council scheme.
Terms 1 and 2: Individual meetings with Year-Abroad Co-ordinator i) to discuss British Council
applications; ii) to finalize details of work placements. Two meetings with Year-Abroad Co-ordinator and
Institutional Erasmus Co-ordinator to sign Erasmus and British Council work placement contracts.
Term 3: Pre-Departure Meeting (organized at University level) providing general information about
working and studying abroad, introduction to independent study, and workshops with lectors from the
country of the target language to prepare students for working and learning abroad.
Students attend a meeting at which they undertake a linguistic, intercultural, employability and
sustainability audit and set themselves targets to improve their performance in these areas. This is then
submitted as a personal development plan. Year 3
Students undertake c. 9 months of employment and study abroad (the minimum university requirement is
28 weeks).
A reflective portfolio is completed during the period abroad (for details see below), leading to the
completion of 4 short essays in the target language (of c. 500 words each, from a choice of 5 topic areas)
on aspects of working and studying abroad.
On their return, students take an oral exam in which they give a presentation and answer questions in the
target language on their experience of working and studying abroad.

Indicative basic reading list

Indicative basic reading list:
• The course materials contain detailed instructions about how to complete vocabulary sheets and
reflective reports.
• Students are not given a bibliography with prescribed secondary texts, BUT in order to improve
their linguistic and cultural competence they are required to read widely in the target language
and engage with all types of media (e.g. serious and ‘light’ literature and journalism, TV, radio,
film, internet).
Indicative web based resources
Materials relating to i) second language acquisition, ii. understanding cultural difference and developing
intercultural competence, iii) the development of employability skills, and iv) sustainability are placed on
the SML 3010 module site on the Exeter Learning Environment.
Other resources:
• Exeter University’s Employability website contains valuable information on work experience
(http://www.exeter.ac.uk/employability/).

Last revision date

June 2010

Total student study time

Up to nine months during the student’s period of residence
abroad (in addition to pre-departure preparation)

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
Module Specific Skills, Knowledge and Experience:
1. Describe the workings of an educational institution or other workplace in the country of the
student’s target language
2. Use the appropriate grammatical structures and vocabulary in the target language to analyse
her/his experience and to respond precisely to a specific brief both in writing and orally
3. Describe the current sustainability issues in the country of the target language
4. Demonstrate knowledge and application of the attitudes and qualities that are required to function
well in a foreign work environment
5. Give oral presentations and/or write reports in a work environment
6. Use appropriately a wide vocabulary specific to the work environment Discipline Specific Skills:
1. Critically evaluate the process of independent learning by reflection on and evaluation of the
experience of working and learning abroad
2. Demonstrate the confident use of different language registers appropriate to different situations
(e.g. the appropriate use of formal or familiar forms of address; the appropriate choice of verb
forms and vocabulary in written reports)
3. Demonstrate an increased linguistic sophistication, in terms of both expression and knowledge,
that will enhance the student’s performance in final-year written and oral language work
4. Identify and describe an awareness of appropriate behaviour and dress codes in the host country
5. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the culture of the host country
6. Demonstrate a sensitivity to the host country so as to function as an integrated member of its
society
Personal and Key Skills:
1. Learn and self-assess independently, and draw up an action plan for development of her/his skills
2. Develop strategies to cope with problems in the workplace or those brought about by having to
adapt to an unfamiliar environment
3. Identify and describe strategies for adapting to working practices in a foreign country, compare
and reflect critically on those in her/his own country
4. Reflect on positive and negative experiences in order to prepare herself/himself for the workplace
and therefore be better placed to obtain graduate-level employment and be an asset to a future
employer
5. Demonstrate a level of intercultural competence that will prepare the student for employment in
any foreign country

Assignments and assessments

Formative or % ContributionForm of AssessmentSize of the assessment e.g. duration/lengthILOs assessed by this assessmentFeedback method
FormativePortfolio: Individual Learning Log TasksSubmission of 4 self-assessment questionnaires on i) language ii) cultural awareness iii) employability skills iv) sustainability. 1 Exeter University sustainability policy statement; 1 host organisation sustainability policy statement. Submission of 4 vocabulary sheets (vocabulary forms and guidance on how to complete them are provided in the module handbook).P&KS 1 MSS 3 MSS 2 & 6 DSS 2 & 3 Feedback sheet
20%Portfolio: Individual Learning Log TasksSubmission of personal development plan based on the 4 questionnaires (form provided). Submission of a minimum of 4 learning log sheets to be completed in English (log sheets and guidance on how to complete these are provided in the module handbook). Submission of 2 progress reports, the first in English (500 words), the second in the target language (c. 350 words) plus a summative report in the target language (c. 350 words; guidance on how to complete all reports are included in the module handbook). For students studying two languages, submission of evidence of continued work on second language (i.e. vocabulary sheets, self-corrected exercises, analysis of text in 2 nd language with regard to grammar and vocabulary) P&KS 1 MSS 4 DSS 1, MSS 2, 6 DSS 1-3 P&KS all 5 & 6 P&KS 1-4 Feedback sheet Feedback sheet
40%Oral Exam involving a 5- minute presentation on prescribed topic relating to summative assessment followed by questions.Oral exam involving a 5-minute presentation on prescribed topic relating to summative assessment followed by questions. 15 minutes in total.MSS 1-2, 5-6 DSS 1-3Feedback sheet
40%4 essays written in the target language Students are asked to reflect on aspects of one of the following in each essay: 1. working and studying abroad, 2. environmental awareness 3. approaches to cultural heritage in host country 4. language learning 5. intercultural competence. Each essay c. 500 words MSS all DSS all P&KS all Feedback sheet

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