Undergraduate prospectus

Course Information

Language Research Project (French, Italian, Spanish)

Module summary

Module code: OUML1009
Level: 6
Credits: 30
School: Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department: Humanities and Social Sciences
Module Coordinator(s): Maria Arche / Cecile Laval / Anna Costantino


Pre and co requisites

Course 4; C1 (Common European Framework of Reference) or equivalent


This course will make appropriate use of authentic resources in the target language and will involve the development of three key areas: the ability to use the target language for the purpose of understanding, expression and communication; the ability to acquire the explicit knowledge of the language; the ability to develop cultural and intercultural awareness and understanding of the target language community and society. The specific aims of the course are: to enhance the use and knowledge of the target language; to develop a sound understanding of one or more aspects of the cultures, communities and societies where the target language is used; to demonstrate a detailed and effective knowledge and understanding of language structures, registers, varieties of the target language and its linguistic principles; to develop proficiency in specific skills, such as the use of target language documents for carrying out research, writing reports, giving presentations; to allow students to gain experience of working independently on a project in the target language.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students will reach C2 level of the CEFR.

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:

Learning Outcome
1 communicate fluently, accurately and appropriately in the target language;
2 use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes
3 gather, analyse and process information from a variety of sources (newspapers, audiovisual and electronic sources)
4 demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of contemporary issues in one or more aspects of the culture of the country of the target language
5 demonstrate a sound understanding of the structures, registers, varieties and linguistic principles of the target language
6 make use of foreign language research sources with confidence and critically
7 work autonomously, evidenced by self-direction, self-discipline, and time management
8 produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects

Indicative content

Topics will be self-selected in consultation with the target language tutor. Enhancement of grammatical structures of the target language based on activities tailored according to students' needs. Target language for academic and professional purposes. Oral presentations of students' ongoing research. Written report of students' research.

Teaching and learning activity

Each teaching session will last for 2 hours and the terms will be divided as follows: 1) general research and project writing sessions taught to all students taking the language research project; 2) alternating language-specific sessions led by the relevant tutor for the target language.


Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment Oral Presentation of Research Project
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment 1-7
Weighting % 30
Pass Mark 40
Word Length 20 minutes.
Outline Details:Presentation of the research project in the target language using PowerPoint and projector.

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Work in Progress Presentation
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment 1-7
Weighting % 20
Pass Mark 40
Word Length 8-10 minutes.
Outline Details: In-class, work in progress presentations in the target language (a minimum of 2 presentations and a maximum of 3, depending on students' needs).

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Written Research Project
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment 1-8.
Weighting % 50
Pass Mark 40
Word Length 3,000
Outline Details: The topic for the research project will be chosen in consultation with the relevant language tutor, according to each student's specialisation. The project must be written in the target language and sources in the target language must be referred to.