The BA World Languages is a four-year specialist language programme, including a year of study abroad and, in most of the languages offered, Computer-Assisted Language Learning to complement traditional teaching.
It aims to produce graduates with sought-after language skills, as well as an understanding of language as a system and of the cultures of the languages studied. While the focus of the programme is on living European and world languages, Latin is also offered for its value as an academic discipline and as the root of several of the other languages available.
Most of the languages offered(except French or Irish)can be taken without having been studied previously, but all students must have demonstrated competence in a language other than English.
Year 3 of the programme is a structured year abroad, involving study at a partner institution or a combination of study at a partner institution and a work placement.
In Years 1, 2 and 4 you will take courses in a range of languages, together with dedicated content (eg language structures, translation theory/practice, digital skills, teaching English as a foreign language).
Year 1 Modules:
WL1101 Language: Sounds and Structures (10 credits)
WL1102 Language-learning Strategies (5 credits)
Three languages (15 credits each) from Chinese, English as a Second or Other Language (ESOL), French, Gaeilge/Irish, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Portuguese, Spanish; at least one language must be continued for the remaining years of the programme.
Year 2 Modules:
Intercultural Communcation; Introduction to Semiotics
Two or three languages (50 credits total), at least one of which must be continued from Year 1: the number of credits available in different languages varies.
Year 3 Modules:
Study and/or Work Placement in one or two of the countries of the languages studied in Years 1 and 2.
Year 4 Modules:
Language and Power; Languages and Information Technologies; Introduction to Translation Studies; Languages (1,2 or 3); Teaching English as a Foreign/Second Language
See the College Calendar for additional information on the Programme and the Book of Modules for further information on modules.
Course Code: CK110
Course Title: World Languages
College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Duration: 4 years
Teaching Mode: Full-time
Qualifications: BA (Hons)
NFQ Level: Level 8
Costs: Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees. The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2016/17 the Student Contribution Charge will be EUR 3,000 and the Capitation Fee will be EUR 165.
2016 Entry Requirements:
2017 Entry Requirements: H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, another language, and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes. In addition applicants must have obtained a H3 in the Leaving Certificate (or equivalent) in a language other than English. There are also other specific language entry requirements (see Detailed Entry Requirements).
Entry Points: 2016: 470. Points may vary from year to year.
In each year of the course, students will take intensive language courses in small groups and should expect to do additional exercises for each of the languages studied.
Independent study will be an important part of the programme.
For most languages, access is also provided to an online language course, reinforcing classwork and taken whenever and wherever the student has internet access, or in the language laboratories.
Students will also have additional lectures and readings on the cultures of the languages studied, but this will vary in quantity according to the language combinations chosen.
Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May. Not all modules will have formal examinations. Many modules use other types of assessment.
Language skills are assessed by assignments and/or written and listening tests, which provide students with regular feedback on their progress. Most language modules also involve students taking written examinations at the end of the module, and all include oral examinations.
Other courses are assessed by a combination of in-class tests, oral presentations, written assignments and end-of-semester examinations. Assessment is designed also to take into account the writing and presentation skills developed during the programme. Students are encouraged to engage in dialogue with lecturers during the drafting of essays and projects.
The year abroad in Year 3 is assessed entirely on a pass/fail basis.
EU Applicants:Application to the first year of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply online atwww.cao.ie. The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is1st Februaryof the year of entry.
Non-EU Applicants: Visit theInternational Educationwebsite.
Mature Applicants:Application is made through should theCAOand the closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of proposed entry.
Further Contact Information
Dr Mark Chu
T: +353 (0)21 490 2486/2335
Overseas applicants may make an appointment to speak to Dr Chu by Skype (m.chu.ucc).