ML4001 - Unilang - Languages for All - Level 4 Placeholder

What will I learn on this module?

The 20-credit yearlong Unilang modules (stages 1 – 5 depending on language) aim to encourage a positive attitude to language learning and to develop and practise the four language skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing introducing the basic/increasingly complex grammatical structures and vocabulary of the spoken and written language (depending on stage) and developing your ability to respond appropriately in spoken and written form in simple and increasingly complex everyday situations.

These modules also introduce you to the country and the culture of the country. In doing this, Unilang modules are intended to encourage and support international mobility; to enhance employability at home and abroad; to improve communication skills in the foreign language and in English as well as cultural awareness.

How will I learn on this module?

You will be taught in weekly workshops and are also expected to complete work through tutor-guided study outside the classroom.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported by the module tutors who can be contacted in class, by email and in their regular tutorial slots. Support materials specific to the individual language and stages are also provided via Blackboard.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. You will be expected to develop knowledge and understanding of vocabulary and grammatical structures

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
2. You will be expected to communicate effectively and show awareness of appropriate registers as well as
3. To develop strategies to manage your own learning

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
4. You will expected to engage sensitively with different cultural audiences

How will I be assessed?

Formative: You will receive informal feedback week on week verbally or in writing.

Summative: You will have to complete two equal portfolios occurring at the end of each semester.

Portfolio 1 will comprise participation in class-based activities (speaking and listening in the foreign language) and an in-class writing test which would include testing of grammatical knowledge, reading and writing skills.

Portfolio 2 will comprise participation in class-based activities (speaking and listening in the foreign language) and an in-class writing test which would include testing of grammatical knowledge, reading and writing skills. Students going abroad will be asked to submit their portfolio electronically.


Prior knowledge of the chosen language for the higher (not beginner) levels.



Module abstract

Unilang modules provides the opportunity to study a range of languages (French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin and British Sign Language) within a range of ability (from stage 1 ‘beginners’ for all languages to stage 5 ‘advanced’ for specific languages) across the University.

Learning a foreign language introduces you to a country, its culture encouraging and supports international mobility, thereby enhancing employability at home and abroad, improving communication skills and cultural awareness. Competence in a modern foreign language is advantageous within the job market since:

• The speaking, listening and written language skills are transferable to a wide range of working environments.
• Enhanced communication skills, both in the foreign language and in English.
• Your employability will be enhanced with each stage of Unilang Option.
• Foreign language competence and cultural awareness is an asset in the UK’s increasingly multi-cultural and inclusive society.
• The open economy of the UK will provide job opportunities for working in organisations based in the UK with international links, or in organisations located outside the UK with links to the UK. Complementing your main degree with Unilang can give you the distinctive edge within a competitive job market.

The modules are delivered through workshops/seminar every week with supporting materials distributed in class and/or via Blackboard. Assessment at the end of each semester is by portfolio comprising participation in class-based activities (speaking and listening) and a written test assessing grammatical knowledge, reading and writing skills. Level 5 students going abroad in semester 2 are catered for and assessed via electronic means.

Course info

UCAS Code N180

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 year sandwich

Department Newcastle Business School

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2023

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Our Campus based courses starting in 2022 and 2023 will be delivered on-campus with supporting online learning content. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to adjust the delivery of our education accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

On-campus contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with any additional restrictions, which may be imposed by the Government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors. This could potentially mean increased or fully online delivery, should such restrictions on in-person contact time be required.


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