Graduate Languages are available free of charge for all of our PhD students and many of our Masters students. Almost no other UK University offers you the ability to learn intense graduate academic language skills in a year so that you will be able to read texts in French, German, Russian, Italian, Spanish, Greek or Latin. They will help you pursue your research at Masters and Doctoral level.
The aim is to equip you with the ability to read and analyse primary and/or academic texts that will be most valuable to you in your research.
You will be taught by a mixture of tutor-led and workshop sessions, typically alternating between the two. Tutor-led sessions give instruction on the grammatical and lexical features of the language, based on a progressive reading of the prescribed material. In the workshop sessions, you will do exercises, including translation of texts into English, under the guidance of the tutor. You will be able to work on samples of your own material. There are assessments at the end of each semester.
The modules are credit-bearing, worth 20 credits each. If you are a Masters student, check with your course convenor to see if these modules are offered as an option on your course. If you are a PhD student, you can take the modules alongside your research preparation, gaining extra skills while at Birmingham, and supporting the development of your research; the modules can be – but do not have to be – taken for credit.
Note: Ancient Greek and Latin modules can be taken in Semester 1 and/ or Semester 2, depending on your needs and prior knowledge of the language (if any). Semester 2 modules build on knowledge acquired in Semester 1. For further information, please contact Dr Niall Livingstone at firstname.lastname@example.org