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Modern and Medieval Languages - Course Outline

Part First 'A'

Year First

In the part first 'A' first year, students need to study two languages at part first 'A', in one of which students will have an 'A' level or equivalent. The options students take are partially determined by their knowledge of chosen languages. The course aims at developing students' language skills that is taught by a wide spectrum of methods comprising faculty classes of up to fifteen students and supervisions in groups of three. Students also have an introduction to one or more than one of the following topics for the languages that they are studying linguistics, literature, thought and history. The course comprises theoretical as well as practical exercises.

Part First 'B'

Year Second

In the second year, students need to take five papers in total. They shall continue with strong language study with the purpose of obtaining near-native fluency in both languages and choose from a broad range of papers covering topics:

  • Art
  • Film
  • Culture
  • History
  • Linguistics
  • Thought
  • Literature
  • An introduction to a language and culture you haven't studied before

Part Second

Year Third

In the third year, students shall spend minimum eight months overseas. During their stay abroad, students prepare a project, which will count as one sixth of their final mark. This may be a dissertation, a linguistic project or a translation project. Students need to take an oral exam back in Cambridge before forth year starts. Students are given thorough understanding of the subjects by using various teaching methodologies.

Year Forth

In the forth year, students are free to specialize in one language to combine options from two or more than two languages, to take comparative options that span a number of languages and cultures, or to sample papers from a variety of other courses. Students deal with advanced language work, in one or more than one languages, in the last year. However, students' ample amount of time shall be spent studying three options chosen from a broad range such as literature, culture, thought, linguistics, film, history, etc.

Students shall also have a choice from comparative paper options enabling them to combine study of both of their languages. The examples may include the well-known modern European film course and a course in The Body. The latter course studies attitudes towards the human body. Three other comparative options may include philology and linguistics: The Slavonic Languages, The Romance Languages and the Hispanic Languages. Students can replace one of their papers with a dissertation.

In the forth year, students are engaged with various activities and assignments. They need to concentrate on the study as it is the final year. In this year, they prepare dissertation and work on their assignments. They get into various fields after a successful completion of the course.

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