• Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Modern Languages and Cultures
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course introduces postgraduate students to the grammar and syntax of the target language, helps them acquire an initial foundation vocabulary and build on it and enables them to use the language in comprehension, speaking and writing.


3 x 1hr seminars on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10.00am over 18 weeks.

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level.


Evidence of aptitude for language study equivalent to successful completion of a school qualification (SQA Higher or equivalent) in another foreign language and/or with the agreement of the Course Convener.

Excluded Courses





Assessed language exercises throughout semesters 1 and 2: 30%

Class test (50 minutes) - 40%

Oral examination (10 minutes) - 30%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ introduce students to the target language and prepare them to move directly into level 2;

■ ensure students can understand, read, write and speak the target language at beginners level;

■ ensure students can use the target language confidently at levels A1 and A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, and that towards the end of the academic year students are able to understand and produce material at B1 level of the Framework;

■ help prepare students to use the target language in everyday situations.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ read, comprehend, analyse and translate beginner-level texts of a variety of styles in the target language;

■ speak with confidence in the target language on a range of topics reflecting work done on the course, using all the basic structures, idiom, and vocabulary correctly;

■ respond with confidence to questions posed both orally and in writing, using the basic grammatical structures of the target language accurately and appropriately;

■ produce texts written in the target language that show an active command of vocabulary, grammar and idiom at beginners level reflecting the work contained in the course materials.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75 per cent by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.

Students must sit the oral examination and submit a portfolio, which should be made up of approximately 1000-words of written work based on exercises to be agreed between the student and course convenor.