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2024/25 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

MODL9500 LCS Year Abroad

120 creditsClass Size: 500

Module manager: Semester 1 - Paul Rowe; Semester 2 - TBC

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

Pre-requisite qualifications

Successful completion of Level 1 of the degree (Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Thai). Successful completion of Level 2 of the degree (French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese)

This module is mutually exclusive with

MODL9001Year Abroad (Study)

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The LCS Year Abroad is compulsory for all students on a degree programme with at least one language. In Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, and Thai it takes place between Levels 1 and 2 of the programme; in other languages it takes place between Levels 2 and 3. The choice of activities depends on the country of destination and whether the language is being taken ab initio or post-A level. Students taking the BA Modern Languages and combining any two of French, German, Italian, Portuguese or Spanish to degree level may be able to split the year abroad between two destinations.


LCS Year Abroad requires residence in the host country or countries for the equivalent of an academic year at Leeds and takes one of the following forms or a combination thereof, depending on the student’s language level and the country or countries of destination:

— study placement at a partner institution
— a work placement
— a work placement as an English language Teaching Assistant

During this part of their degree programme, students will have the opportunity to:
- make substantial linguistic progress, over a wide range of registers, in respect of the target language by interacting with language users and engaging with the local cultures in the host country;
- develop the intercultural competence, planning and organisational skills, and the capability to adapt to a new social and cultural environment by living and studying or working in the host country

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the LCS Year Abroad, you will be able to
1. Understand and communicate in the target language (in written and oral forms) in authentic communicative contexts
2. Demonstrate a nuanced understanding of the vocabulary, grammar and registers of the target language, with sensitivity to regional variation, and apply them in authentic communicative contexts
3. Relate general knowledge of the history, culture, and society of the countries where the target language is used to your lived experience
4. Experience, adapt to, and reflect on the social norms and cultural values that frame the societies where the target language is used
5. Engage with and respond to texts from the target culture conveyed in written and audio-visual formats (books, films, digital media content) in their source context

Skills Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the module you will be able to:
6. Plan for, identify, and act upon personal, academic, and professional development in a new environment.
7. Take responsibility for setting and achieving your personal, academic, and career objectives
8. Reflect upon your capabilities and areas for personal, academic, and professional development
9. Collaborate effectively with other people in a new environment


Details of the syllabus will be provided on the Minerva organisation (or equivalent) for the module

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours70.00
Total Contact hours1,130.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)1,200.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will be supported by a named member of academic staff throughout the year. They will have three 20-minute individual or group tutorials with them (typically online, and in November, January and April). This will enable students to show their progress and discuss any issues. For students on a work placement, one of these meetings will involve a representative of the placement provider. The final supervision will incorporate, where required under the MODL9500 Learning Contract, the interview-style oral assessment in the target language.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentAssessments will be carried out as specified in the Learning Contract100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

The MODL9500 Learning Contract frames the typical student experience on the Year Abroad and sets the requirements to pass the module. All students will be required to write a reflective report on their Year Abroad experience in the target language and pass an interview-style oral assessment in the target language. Each student will sign an individual Learning Contract, which will reflect different types of Year Abroad experience. Resit opportunities for each component of assessment are available as specified in the MODL9500 Learning Contract.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 03/05/2024


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