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Language Acquisition

  • The Language B course provides students with the opportunity to acquire or develop an additional language other than their mother tongue
  • It promotes an understanding of other cultures through the study of language
  • It is designed for students who possess a degree of knowledge and experience in the target language
  • The course seeks to develop students’ intercultural understanding
  • Enable students to understand and use the language they have studied in a range of contexts and for a variety of purposes.
  • Encourage through the study of texts and social interaction an awareness and appreciation of the different perspectives of people from other cultures.
  • Develop students’ awareness of the role of language in relation to other areas of knowledge.
  • Develop students’ awareness of the relationship between the languages and cultures with which they are familiar
  • Provide students with a basis for further study, work and leisure through the use of an additional language.
  • Provide the opportunity for enjoyment, creativity and intellectual stimulation through knowledge of an additional language

1. Communication and media
2. Global issues
3. Social relationships

Cultural diversity
Customs and traditions
Science and technology


    • Do we know and learn our first language(s) in the same way as we learn additional languages?
    • We we learn an additional language, do we learn more than “just” vocabulary and grammar?
    • The concept of intercultural understanding means the ability to demonstrate an understanding of cultural diversity and/or similarity between the target culture(s) and ones’s own. To what extent is this definition true?
    • “Those who know nothing of any additional language know nothing of their own” (Joahann Wolfgang Von Goethe, playwright, poet, novelist, dramatist, 1749-1832. By learning another culture are we able to enrich our own?

    Paper 1
    Receptive skills. Text handling exercise on 4 written texts

    Paper 2
    Written productive skills. 1 writing exercise

    Written Assignment
    Written exercise and rationale based on intertextual reading

    Oral Work
    Individual oral presentation

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