Languages for Global Communication BA (Hons)

 

Course Code

UCAS Code: N1R9
International Code: AHU034

Location

Coventry University (Coventry)

 

Study mode

Full-time
Part-time
Sandwich

Duration

3 years full-time
4 years full-time with study abroad / professional placement
Flexible part-time

Start date

September 2022


Course overview

Study level: Undergraduate

Languages for Global Communication is designed to help you become an intercultural communicator who is able to bring a highly desirable set of skills to a range of employment roles.

  • The course addresses the future workforce skills in language, communication and intercultural competencies.
  • You will have the chance to learn languages through a flexible skills–based curriculum that is focused on international business contexts, intercultural studies, international relations, translation and language learning theory.
  • Bring out your practical talent and up-skill for a range of employment roles (e.g. translation, teaching, diplomatic services, business, police force) and environments (e.g. public sector, private businesses and educational establishments).
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Global Ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

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Teaching excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

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Employability

Career ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Why you should study this course

Our Languages for Global Communication gives you the following opportunities and benefits:

  • There’s a broad range of modules built around four interwoven strands: language learning and teaching, intercultural awareness, international relations and business communication.
  • You will have an opportunity to gain the Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT), accredited by Cambridge Assessment English, at no extra cost. The TKT is currently a globally recognised professional qualification in over 60 countries.
  • You will have an opportunity to prepare for DALF (Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française), DELE (Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera), HSK (Hànyǔ Shuǐpíng Kǎoshì), or CAE (Cambridge Advanced English). Registration for the tests may incur additional costs.
  • You can learn other languages at no extra cost.
  • You can develop a broad range of skills and knowledge which are desirable for many post-graduation roles including teaching, translation, public sector work, foreign service or private business.
  • A chance to develop a dynamic online presence through creating an individual ‘A Domain of One’s Own’ website, which allows graduates to present prospective employers with an online portfolio of the variety of their degree-level work.
  • You will have the option of gaining free Student Affiliate Membership of the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIOL). For the Affiliate Membership*, which is annually renewable. You can apply when you show you are taking a language specialist degree. After successfully graduating, you can then apply for full Membership* (which includes benefits such as access to CPD webinars and participation in events with COIL members from specialist divisions: ‘Business, Professions and Government Division’ (BPG), ‘Interpreting Division’ (ID) and ‘Translation Division’ (TD)). *May be subject to additional costs.

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

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Cambridge Assessment English Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT)

If you are interested in teaching as a career, you will have the option of taking the Cambridge Assessment English Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT) at no extra cost. The TKT is a globally recognised professional qualification in over 60 countries. This course is accredited by TKT for the 2022/23 intake. If the accreditation of KTK change, we would seek to notify applicants and students as soon as possible.

In addition, you can prepare for DALF (Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française), DELE (Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera), HSK (Hànyǔ Shuǐpíng Kǎoshì), or CAE (Cambridge Advanced English)*.

*Registration for the tests may incur additional costs.


Find out more about our language courses:

More than just a degree

Not only is Coventry University a welcoming environment, but you are also free to dream, believe in your future and really BE who you want to BE.

Pierrette Uwimana, Languages for Global Communication BA (Hons) student, May 2020
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What you'll study

Through studying this course, you will be taught the skills required to become proficient in one or two languages (to at least level C1 in the Common European Framework, CEFR), with the option to attain competency (B1 in CEFR) in another language. You can acquire a foundation in the study of how languages themselves are learned and taught, both face-to-face and online, to adults as well as children.

In addition, you can take optional translation modules which aim to combine both theory and practice in a variety of linguistic contexts, e.g. literary, journalistic, technical, and political and economic discourse.

This should be achieved through the options to study French, Spanish and Mandarin as these are among the key foreign languages rated as most useful to business by successive Confederation of British Industry (CBI)/Pearson Education and Skills Surveys. Other languages rated as highly important by CBI/Pearson Education, including German, Italian and Japanese, are also available at no extra cost through the Add+vantage programme of employability enhancement modules.

Students whose first language (L1) is not English will have an opportunity to learn English as a second language.

In the first year, you will be introduced to the four key strands of the degree: language learning and teaching, intercultural awareness, international relations and business communication.

Modules

  • This module aims to relate theories of language learning and acquisition, and the principles and theories developing from (and underpinning) the practice of language teaching, to the methods and materials used by teachers and learners in language classrooms.

    Compulsory

    Assessment: coursework, presentation

  • This module introduces you to crucial cultural aspects of Chinese, French and Spanish societies, which will then help you specialise in these cultures. You will gain an awareness of national variations, social values and how contemporary events have shaped these cultures nowadays.

    Compulsory

    Assessment: coursework, presentation

  • This interdisciplinary module help enable you to understand International Relations theories across the world via the language of your choice. It will first introduce you to the following concepts: realism, liberalism, idealism, critical theory, feminist theory and post-colonial theory.

    Compulsory

    Assessment: coursework

  • This module aims to equip you with a foundation in the language and communications skills that will enable you to operate in the international business world, by building on existing knowledge and emphasizing practical application of language functions.

    Compulsory

    Assessment: coursework

  • You will also be able to take an Add+vantage module which can allow you to develop your CV by taking credits in an area of study that doesn’t have to be related to your degree. The assessment type will depend on the type of Add+vantage module you wish to take.

    Compulsory

    Assessment: coursework, exam

In year two, you will continue to develop in the four strands of the degree as well as be able to choose an optional translation or online teaching module. In addition, you will again study an Add+vantage module of your choice.

Modules

  • This helps you to discover the culture of other countries of the Francophone, Hispanic and Chinese societies. You will become critical of regional variations, social values and how contemporary events have shaped these cultures nowadays. Through this module, you will also concentrate on key critical theories which will help you understand how these countries interrelate.

    Compulsory

    Assessment: coursework

  • You will explore the post-colonial globalised world, the consequences of decolonisation and the concept of power. The module will help you become critical of practices in the world nowadays and will aim to equip you with the understanding of the work of international organisations.

    Compulsory

    Assessment: coursework, presentation

  • In this module you will be introduced to the specific cultural issues surrounding products, brands, consumers, and effective communication strategies.

    Compulsory

    Assessment: coursework, presentation

  • You will also be able to take an Add+vantage module which can allow you to develop your CV by taking credits in an area of study that doesn’t have to be related to your degree. The assessment type will depend on the type of Add+vantage module you wish to take.

    Compulsory

    Assessment: coursework, exam

  • This module aims to train you in the use of online tools for language teaching, and to develop your understanding of how effective practice is influenced by relevant theories of learning, second language acquisition, and pedagogy.

    Optional

    Assessment: coursework, teaching

  • This module is designed to offer you an understanding of the principles of translation, building a foundational awareness of structural and cultural differences between languages, as well as the practicalities of the processes and associated professions. Different genres of texts will be used to explore a variety of registers and styles.

    Optional

    Assessment: coursework, exam

After the end of the second year, you have the option to take either a professional placement year* (in the UK, or abroad) or a study-abroad year*, and if you do so will take a non-credit bearing module which will help to ensure that you learn from and reflect upon your experiences.

You will be given advice but may be responsible for finding your own placements. Similarly, study-abroad years with your first choice of international institution cannot be guaranteed. You pay no fees to Coventry University for your placement or study-abroad year, though are responsible for covering your own costs.

*Please note that we are unable to guarantee any placement or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the International Office for further details if you are an EU or International student.

Modules

  • Optional

  • Optional

There are a variety of optional modules you can take. This is in addition to mandatory modules around intercultural communication, foreign policy and language learning/teaching.

Modules

  • You will revise the theories previously taught and will adopt an advanced critical approach so you can link the content of the module with your employability prospects by creating an intercultural portfolio relevant to an area of the Francophone, Hispanic and Chinese societies.

    Compulsory

    Assessment: coursework, presentation

  • Through this module, you will be able to assess international relation approaches, critically compare foreign policy and reflect on essential contemporary issues in the Francophone, Hispanic and Chinese societies.

    Compulsory

    Assessment: coursework, presentation

  • The aim of this module is to enable you to explore one particular aspect of your course in greater depth and detail than is possible within a module.

    Compulsory

    Assessment: coursework

  • This module explores the field of materials evaluation and design incorporating multimedia. You will gain an understanding of learning frameworks for materials evaluation and design underpinned by relevant theoretical frameworks.

    Optional

    Assessment: coursework

  • This module, delivered mainly in the target language (French, Spanish and Mandarin), will be a direct preparation to the DALF (Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française), DELE (Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera), HSK (Hànyǔ Shuǐpíng Kǎoshì) or CAE (Cambridge Advanced English). Students will subsequently have the opportunity to take the official examination.

    Optional

    Assessment: exam

  • The aim of this module is to introduce the key principles underlying TYL (Teaching Young Learners) including the needs and expectations of learners, teaching approaches and methodologies and materials. You will also be able to develop professionally by building on the experience gained on previously completed teacher-training modules. There will be opportunities to develop lessons and materials with the support and guidance of experienced English Language teaching practitioners.

    Optional

    Assessment: coursework, exam

  • This module is designed to offer you the opportunity to develop an advanced understanding of translation, developing a critical awareness of structural and cultural differences between languages, as well as the translation process and your professional development as a future translator. You will work between English and a second language of your choice.

    Optional

    Assessment: coursework, exam

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.


How you'll learn

The course is taught using a variety of traditional, digital and innovative teaching methods and platforms.

Teaching and learning methods include lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials devoted to regular formative assessments. Study trips are also used to enhance experiential learning, as well as taught sessions in a range of locations outside of the classroom. Other forms of learning include online working and research, self-directed study and group / collaborative work.

Students will also have the opportunity to create a personal online website (Domain of One’s Own – DoOO).


Assessment

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include, in-class tests, coursework, group presentations, video presentations and posters.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes.


Job ready

On successful completion of the course you will be able to:

  • Acquire one or more languages equivalent to Level C1 (proficient user) of the Common European Framework (CEFR).
  • Demonstrate professional and project management skills for a wide range of working environments.
  • Demonstrate digital literacy through the design and creation of a range of communicative artefacts.
  • Critically analyse research material in relation to other cultures, communities and societies in English and in the target languages.
  • Evaluate team dynamics while working in a group and independently.
  • Critically reflect on your own and others' practice within academic and international contexts.
  • Demonstrate creativity and enterprise by working on intercultural projects, events and activities in the campus, locally and globally.
  • Demonstrate a high level of competence in intercultural studies, teaching and learning, international relations or international business.

International experience opportunities

Intercultural and international engagement forms the core of the course design from the induction sessions throughout students' journey to graduation. You will have the chance to be actively engaged with international students across the university (Culturae Mundi), but also beyond, through engagement in Collaborative Online International Learning projects (COIL). Other ways include partner institutions and involvement with the Confucius Institute (CI) and assessment via your website (Domain of One’s Own - DoOO). You will be invited to attend tailored conversation workshops where you will be encouraged to develop and increase your confidence and augment your developing speaking skills through practice with a native speaker.

Learning a new language means learning a new culture, and it becomes even more beneficial when combined with skills-broadening modules. It’s unbelievable how my language, intercultural and interpersonal skills have been developed during the course. It’s been a great time at Coventry University with the help of their supportive staff. It’s been a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Marcin Napiorkowski, Languages for Global Communication BA (Hons), 2021
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Entry requirements

Typical offer for 2022 entry.

Requirement What we're looking for
A level BBC
GCSE Minimum 5 GCSE's graded 9-4 / A* - C including English
BTEC DDM
IB Diploma 31 points

We recognise a breadth of qualifications, speak to one of our advisers today to find out how we can help you.

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Typical offer for 2022 entry

Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

You can view our full list of country specific entry requirements on our Entry requirements page.

Alternatively, visit our International hub for further advice and guidance on finding in-country agents and representatives, joining our in-country events and how to apply.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall

If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course. 

For more information on our approved English language tests visit our English language requirements page.

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Fees and funding

2022/23 Tuition fees

Student Full time Part time
UK £9,250 per year Not available
International £15,300 per year Not available

For advice and guidance on tuition fees and student loans visit our Undergraduate Finance page and see The University’s Tuition Fee and Refund Terms and Conditions.

We offer a range of International scholarships to students all over the world. For more information, visit our International Scholarships page.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessments, facilities and support services. There may be additional costs not covered by this fee such as accommodation and living costs, recommended reading books, stationery, printing and re-assessments should you need them. Find out what's included in your tuition costs.


Facilities

We know the difference a good teaching experience makes and that there’s no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to learning. Each of our courses uses a mix of teaching methods to provide a highly engaging, activity led approach so you can demonstrate a practical understanding of what you are taught. A key part of our learning experience is our critically acclaimed facilities and learning spaces. Not only is there the Lanchester Library, but you will be able to study in the brand new Arts and Humanities building, set to open in 2022.

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Building Redevelopment

We are currently in the process of a major redevelopment of our Faculty of Arts and Humanities buildings. The building will be open to the public, as well as students, and will feature an expansive gallery space.

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The Library

You will benefit from our support designed to help you succeed and our industry-relevant teaching and resources. These include our modern library and computing facilities, dedicated careers advice and Students’ Union.

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Confucius Institute

The School of Humanities is home to the Confucius Institute. This is a collaboration created through a partnership with Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics, which aims to promote an understanding of the Chinese language and culture.


Careers and opportunities

Since our degree develops the ability to use language effectively and appropriately in a range of circumstances, it may open up a wide range of career options associated with language proficiency, such as translation, the foreign service, marketing, public relations, advertising, teaching, the civil service or the media.

Where our graduates work

Graduates from this course go on to a very wide range of employment destinations and are typically well suited to any career in which language fluency, communication and intercultural skills are paramount.

We are committed to preparing you for your future career and aim to give you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The university's dedicated careers and employability support, the Talent Team, provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Further study

You can choose to continue your studies at Coventry University with the International Relations MA. You may be entitled to an alumni discount on your fees if you decide to extend your time with us by progressing from undergraduate to postgraduate study.

What our alumni say

The course has provided me with transferable skills for the workplace in addition to other opportunities and programmes that I’ve taken part in. Coventry University also provided several other services that other universities did not, including Add+vantage employability modules, career building opportunities across the globe and student support services.

Euan Czerepaniak, Languages for Global Communication BA (Hons) graduate of 2020
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How to apply


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  • Student Contract

    By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the 2021/22 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.

    Tuition fees

    The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.

    For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.

    Accreditations

    The majority of our courses have been formally recognised by professional bodies, which means the courses have been reviewed and tested to ensure they reach a set standard. In some instances, studying on an accredited course can give you additional benefits such as exemptions from professional exams (subject to availability, fees may apply). Accreditations, partnerships, exemptions and memberships shall be renewed in accordance with the relevant bodies’ standard review process and subject to the university maintaining the same high standards of course delivery. 

    Facilities

    Facilities mentioned on this page may not be relevant for every course. Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to COVID-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

    Placements and study abroad opportunities

    Please note that we are unable to guarantee any placement or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the International Office for further details if you are an EU or International student.

    Additional costs

    This course may incur additional costs associated with any field trips, placements or work experience, study abroad opportunities or any other opportunity (whether required or optional), which could include (but is not limited to), equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas).