Course information

 

This involves successfully completing a minimum of 60 credits in one language taken through the Foreign Language Centre, of which 30 credits must be at Level 2 (FLC Intermediate 1) or higher. You could choose to start a new language from scratch or develop an existing one.

For example, a Geography student who passes 30 credits at Spanish Beginners and a further 30 credits at Spanish Intermediate 1 could have their degree title amended to BA (Hons) Geography with proficiency in Spanish .
If the 60 credits are ALL at NQF Level 6 then the words "with advanced proficieny in ...." can be added.

Requirements

To request 'with proficiency in', please contact the Foreign Language Centre by no later than 1 June of your final year of study, languages@exeter.ac.uk

More and more employers are looking for graduates in all fields who have additional language skills and the Foreign Language Centre can help you with this. We realise that as a future global citizen, you will travel, live and work in countries across the world and that’s why we can help you get the language you study with us named on your degree title, ‘with proficiency in…’

What our students say

  • "Learning a language with the FLC has been one of the best decisions I have made. Teaching has been excellent and I've thoroughly enjoyed all three years."
  • "I loved my development - my confidence has improved so much. I'd just like to go and try it out now."
  • "I like the intimacy of the lessons and the interaction with the staff that differs greatly from large lectures."
  • "I have very much enjoyed going to classes. It was the highlight of my week."
  • "This is the module that I personally find the most practical and interesting because what I take away with me, I will keep for life and will hopefully further my career prospects."

Registration for the academic year 2017-18

  1. Choose your Language and Level. If you would like guidance on your level, see Choosing the correct level
  2. Take one of the free Placement Tests in French, German, Italian and Spanish
  3. Complete an FLC Registration form via this link: Online Registration form
  4. Contact your home degree programme and notify them of your choice

Free help and advice

  • Registering during 'Module Choice': Come and talk to an FLC tutor for free guidance and advice on dates which will be confirmed in due course.
  • Registering during 'Freshers' Week': You can register at the FLC at any time in Freshers' Week. If you would like to speak to a tutor in person, then come and see us at our registration sessions in the FLC:

Tuesday 19th September 2-4pm
Monday 25th September 12-2pm

  • The deadline for registration is 3pm on Monday Term 1 Week 1 (25th September 2017).

All modules are subject to viable numbers.

Important information 

FLC classes start in Term 1 Week 2. Please note that due to our numbers fluctuating up to this date this might result in classes having to be re-timetabled to other times or days dependant on staff and student availability.

Students wishing to withdrawfrom an FLC Language Module MUST do so by the end of week 2 of teaching. Please see our FAQ section for further details.

Students ARE NOT allowed to change from 30 credits to 15 credits or vice versa after week 2 of teaching.

Please note: Due to the large numbers of students taking our modules, FLC modules may be scheduled for Wednesday afternoons. If you have requested not to be taught on Wednesday afternoons, we will try our very best to accommodate this request. However, where this is not possible, you may be asked to choose an alternative module.

All modules will only run if a minimum requirement for student numbers is met. There is therefore a risk that a module you have applied for will not run as advertised. We will inform you in as timely a maner as possible (although this may be at short notice) should this be the case and if possible we would look to run the module again at a later date.

Evening langauge programme

If you have no credits available in your programme or would prefer to take a language course without assessment, our evening courses provide a cost-effective way of learning a language, without the pressure of exams. For details, see Evening Language Programme.

Once you have registered for a module, a timetable will automatically be generated by the University's central timetable office and will be made available online on the Friday of Week 1 via your student portal, by clicking on Timetable.

Please note:

  • All modules are subject to viable numbers and at times may be cancelled at short notice.
  • FLC classes run Monday - Friday and may be scheduled for Wednesday afternoons.
  • All FLC classes begin in the second week of term.

Materials

You may be asked to purchase materials for the module/s you have chosen. These are not included in course fees. Please see Module Description for basic reading list.

Assessment and feedback

Oral
Mark Scheme for Oral Test for Asian Languages (Beginners)

Mark Scheme for Oral Test for Asian Languages (Beginners)
Mark Scheme for Oral Test for European Languages (Beginners)
Mark Scheme for Oral Test (Beg Fast-Track, Inter 1 & 2, Inter Fast-Track)
Mark Scheme for Oral Test (Advanced 1 and 3)
Mark Scheme for Oral Test (Advanced 2 Debate and Spanish in the Workplace)‌‌‌
Mark Scheme for In-Class Task Oral Presentation (Advanced 3 and For Business)
Oral Presentation Mark Sheet (Advanced 3 and For Business)
Mark Scheme for Oral Test (For Business Job Interview)

Writing
Mark Scheme for Writing - Asian Languages (Beginners, Beg for Bus, Inter 1 & 2)

Mark Scheme for Writing - Asian Languages (Beginners, Beg for Bus, Inter 1 & 2)
Mark Scheme for Writing - Euro Langs (Beg, Beg F-Trk, Int 1 & 2, Int F-Trk)
Mark Scheme for Writing (Advanced 1 and 2, and Spanish in the Workplace)
Mark Scheme for Summary Writing (Listening Test for Advanced 3 and For Business)
Standard Mark Scheme for Text Reduction (Advanced 3 and For Business)
Mark Scheme for Dossier (Advanced 3 and For Business)

British Sign Language - Beginners

Mark Scheme for British Sign Language Conversational Skills Test: Beginners
Mark Scheme for British Sign Language Productive Skills Test: Beginners
Mark Scheme for British Sign Language Receptive Skills Test: Beginners

British Sign Language - Intermediate

Mark Scheme for British Sign Language Productive and Conversational Skills Test: Intermediate
Mark Scheme for British Sign Language Receptive Skills Test: Intermediate
Mark Scheme for British Sign Language Linguistics Test: Intermediate
Mark Scheme for British Sign Language In-class Test Feedback: Intermediate

Past Exam Papers for final Written Exams can be found here (click on Streatham Campus / College of Humanities / Foreign Language Centre and then choose the language and level you require, or enter the module code).

Feedback

We give you feedback in a variety of ways:

  • Written feedback on your in-class test/s, with concrete suggestions for things you can do to improve over the remainder of the module. We also ask you to identify what you yourself can do to improve.
  • Regular homework items will help you see how you are performing. For 30 credit students at Intermediate and Advanced, the assessed in-class tasks provide an indication of how you are progressing in different language skills.
  • During lessons, tutors constantly give feedback on how you are using the language and how to say or write things differently or better.
  • You can arrange to see your tutor/s in office hours.

Feedback on written exams

If you would like to request feedback on the final Written Exam, please send an email to: languages@exeter.ac.uk, stating your name, student ID number and the language and level you have taken. You must request this feedback by the end of Term 3 at the latest. We aim to provide you with written feedback within 2 weeks of receiving your request.

Levels of study

Please, note that students are not allowed to register for a module for which they already have the equivalent language competence (accredited or not).

Our tutors will be available at advertised registration events to advise you on the most appropriate level to study. You can also:

  • Check the relevant Module Description for the language and level you are interested in.
  • Read the more detailed week-by-week module programme for each module on ELE.
  • Refer to the general Entry and Exit Descriptors below.
  • Take the free placement test below (French, German, Italian, Spanish). Try as many questions as you can and bring your final score with you to FLC registration (ignore the Try Again! prompt). Please note that this placement test is produced by Oxford University and provides a rough guide to levels only.
LanguageScoreCourse level
Take the French placement test 1-8  Beginners FLF1130 or Beginners Fast Track FLF2130
9-19  Intermediate 1 FLF2230
16-26 Intermediate Fast Track FLF2430
20-28  Intermediate 2 FLF2330
29-39  Advanced 1 FLF3415 / 3430
40-45  Advanced 2 FLF 3515 / 3530
46-50 Advanced 3 FLF3715/3730 or French for
Business FLF3615 / 3630
Take the German placement test 0-12  Beginners FLG1130 or Beginners Fast Track FLG2130
13-23 Intermediate 1 FLG2230
24-34 Intermediate 2 FLG2330
35-45 Advanced 1 FLG3415 / 3430
46-50 Advanced 2 FLG3515 / 3530 or German for Business FLG3615 / 3630
Take the Italian placement test 1-10 Beginners FLI1130 or Beginners Fast Track FLI2130
10-20 Intermediate 1 FLI2230
21-38 Intermediate 2 FLI2330
38-50  Advanced (see Languages Office, Room 130)
Take the Spanish placement test 0-11 Beginners FLS1130 or Beginners Fast Track FLS2130
12-20 Intermediate 1 FLS2230
21-39 Intermediate 2 FLS2330
40-45  Advanced 1 FLS3415 / 3430
46-50  Advanced 2 FLS3515 / 3530
Entry descriptionExit description
A complete beginner with little or no previous experience of the language. You may have had some exposure to the language and/or achieved a GCSE Grade C or below. Approx. equivalent to A1 of CEFR.

Beginners for Business: As above but is designed for students looking for a Beginners course concentrating on language for Business

Beginners Fast-track: As above, but students must be able to demonstrate a successful track record of learning another similar foreign language/s, e.g. minimum pass at GCSE (A*-B) level in another MFL.

Beginners:Has basic understanding of present, past and future tense. Can get by in simple everyday situations. Understands the gist of conversations in predictable situations e.g. at the restaurant.

Beginners Fast-Track: See Intermediate 1 Exit Description

Entry descriptionExit description
Completion of FLC Beginners or pass at GCSE Grade A-B (or equivalent). Can deal with everyday situations with reasonable confidence, e.g. making travel arrangements or finding your way around. Approx. equivalent to A2 of CEFR.

Intermediate 1 for Business: Completion of FLC Beginners for Business or pass at GCSE Grade A-B (or equivalent). Can deal with everyday situations with reasonable confidence, e.g. making travel arrangements or finding your way around. Approx equivalent to A2 of CEFR. Ideally suited for those considering a career in Business.

Intermediate Fast-track: Students must be able to demonstrate a successful track record of the chosen language with a minimum of A* or A grade at GCSE (or equivalent). Knowledge of an additional foreign language is an advantage.

Can deal with routine daily activities and exchange oral and written information on predictable topics. Can confidently describe professional roles and responsibilities in a basic way and talk about personal relationships.

Entry descriptionExit description
Completion of FLC Intermediate 1 or AS level (Grade A-B) or A level (Grade C or below) or equivalent. You will be able to use the language in a wide range of situations. Approx. equivalent to B1 of CEFR. Can exchange oral and written information on familiar topics. Can give opinions about topics such as politics, company culture, the environment. Can read and write confidently about various topics.
Entry descriptionExit description
Completion of FLC Intermediate 2 or A level Grade A-B (or equivalent). You will be able to communicate well in the language. Approx. equivalent to B2 of CEFR. Can deal with various work-related and leisure tasks. Oral proficiency is good and clear and conversations about unpredictable topics can be understood. Can give and understand advice on professional matters.
Entry descriptionExit description
Completion of FLC Advanced 1 or A level + 1 year (or equivalent). You may also have spent time in a country where the language is spoken. Approx. equivalent to C1 of CEFR. Can confidently write letters and documentation to native speakers. Can deal effectively with work-related and leisure tasks, making appropriate use of the language according to the professional or social context.
Entry descriptionExit description
Completion of FLC Advanced 2 and/or students with language skills at higher advanced level. Particularly appropriate for students returning from an extended period of study abroad. Approx. equivalent to C1 of CEFR. Can deal with complex and varied tasks at social and professional level. Vocabulary is varied and precise, speech is near fluent and most complex situations are understood.