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Foreign Language Course Information

The Language Unit offers taught courses in Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish at all levels.

LPE LOGOStudents from the following departments can register for a course

  • Engineering
  • Materials Science (3rd year undergraduates)
  • Chemistry (3rd year undergraduates)
  • Chemical Engineering (4th Year undergraduates)
  • Computer Laboratory (postgraduates).

Course details

  • Courses run for 15 weeks over Michaelmas and Lent terms
  • One two hour lesson per week with recommendation of 2 hours private study per week.
  • Exams at the end of Lent term.
  • Certificate at the end of the course with grade achieved and CEFR level if appropriate.
  • 2nd year Engineering undergraduates can use their Language Exam for 1B elective (see below).

First Year (Part IA)

Language courses taken during Part IA of the course do not count towards Part I of the tripos examination and classification. Students who reach a satisfactory standard in the language programme during their Part IA year will be awarded a certificate. The certificate will record the level of their course (i.e. beginners', intermediate or advanced) and the level achieved.

Second Year Elective (Part IB)

Students who take the language programme for engineers in Part IB may offer this course as one of their two options in Paper 8, or they may choose to enter for a language certificate. The certificate will record the level of their course (i.e. beginners', intermediate or advanced) and the standard achieved.

Third Year Project (Part IIA)

To take a Language Project, you should be at Intermediate level or above. Each project involves an oral presentation and a written report.

More information on Projects can be found here.

Third year students can also select a language course as their Extension Activity (ExA). This can be useful in preparation for the Language Project in Easter Term. For more details about Extension Activities, click here.

Fourth Year Module (Part IIB)

Levels

Modules can be chosen by students with at least a B1/B2 (CEFR) level in the respective language (i.e. equivalent to AS or A-level). In any case, students wishing to take a language module must contact the relevant language coordinator in order to ensure they hold the necessary qualifications.
The seminars, although part of the teaching programme, are open to everyone with intermediate or advanced level.

Course Structure

7 seminars normally consisting of a talk (around 45 minutes) by a guest speaker followed by a discussion (60-75 minutes where students work in groups to prepare questions to ask the guest speaker and the guest speaker answers these questions) but some sessions might vary in format.
The final seminar is used for individual presentations.
The exact course content will be announced at the start of the term the module takes place in.

Assessment

The assignments will be marked for both language and content (50% language, 50% content).
The course work consists of 2 written reports and 1 oral presentation. Each will be on a different topic.

For more information see here.