SML3010 - Work and Study Abroad

2022/3 Module description

StaffProfessor Katharine Hodgson - Lecturer
Credit Value120
ECTS Value60
NQF Level6
Pre-requisites60 credits (30 ECTS) of core language in the language of the host country
Duration of Module Term 1: 1 academic year weeks; Term 2: 1 academic year weeks; Term 3: 1 academic year weeks;

Module description

For this module you will live and work abroad for an entire academic year. You will use one or more work placement to improve your knowledge of foreign cultures and languages and to gain skills that equip you better for the international job market. You are encouraged to think about the intercultural competence and the employability skills that you acquire during your year abroad and about the process with which you improve your knowledge of foreign languages.

Given the difficulty of obtaining a work visa, students of Russian taking SML3010 live and study in Russia.

Module aims

This module aims to:

  • Enhance your awareness of the process of foreign-language acquisition and to develop strategies for more effective learning
  • Develop your intercultural awareness and competence through reflection on the experience of living and studying abroad
  • Increase your employability in an increasingly competitive international market
  • Enhance your capacity for self-assessment through structured reflection on your experience

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate knowledge and application of the attitudes and qualities that are required to function well in a foreign work environment or in an abroad-based educational institution
  • 2. Use appropriate grammatical structures and vocabulary in the target language to analyse your experience and to respond precisely to a specific brief in writing or orally
  • 3. Enhance your awareness of the process of foreign-language acquisition and to develop strategies for more effective learning

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Critically evaluate the process of independent learning by reflection on and evaluation of the experience of working and learning abroad
  • 5. Demonstrate the confident use of different language registers appropriate to different situations
  • 6. Demonstrate an increased linguistic sophistication, in terms of both expression and knowledge, that will enhance your performance in final-year written and oral language work
  • 7. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the host country and a sensitivity to its culture so as to function as an integrated member of its society

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 8. Learn and self-assess independently, and draw up an action plan for development of your skills
  • 9. Identify and describe strategies for adapting to working/studying practices in a foreign country, compare and reflect critically on those in your own country
  • 10. Reflect on your experiences in order to prepare yourself for the workplace and therefore be better placed to obtain graduate-level employment and be an asset to a future employer
  • 11. Demonstrate a level of intercultural competence that will prepare you for employment in any foreign country

Syllabus plan

  • Internship(s) abroad in one or more Exeter-approved companies

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Placement/study abroad1200Training in university-approved companies. The hours are approximate and may vary on an individual basis but are to include all assessment and study time.

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Self-assessment and Personal Development Plan6 pages1, 3-11Self-assessed

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Two/three reports in target language 401500 words in total1-11Feedback sheet
Oral Examination4015 minutes1-11Feedback sheet
Portfolio20As prescribed by the Handbook1-11Feedback sheet

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
ReportsReports1-11Referral/Deferral period
Oral ExaminationOral Examination1-11Referral/Deferral period
PortfolioAlternative written task (1,500 words in target language)1, 3-11

Re-assessment notes

N. B. For 2021-22 , this module will be pass/fail. Accordingly, a simplified scheme of assessment is specified on the ELE page.  There will be no oral examination in September 2022

Progression from stage 3 (Year Abroad) to Stage 4 will be conditional on satisfying the requirements of the year abroad as specified in the relevant Handbook and passing the year aboard module(s).  Students who fail to complete the year abroad or who fail a referred re-assessment of the year abroad will be required to transfer to the BA European Culture Programme.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Basic reading:

  •  R. Michael Paige et al., Maximizing Study Abroad , 2nd edn (University of Minnesota CARLA, 2002)

Recommended text:

  • Holliday, A.,Kullman, J., Hyde, M.(2010)  Intercultural Communication: An Advanced Resource Book for Students , Routledge Applied Linguistics

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Year abroad, Internship abroad, Study at a partner university

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