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Languages at Work (LANG30001)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeLANG30001
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Learning a language culminates not only in linguistic and cultural proficiency but also in the development of advanced skills in areas valued by industry: intercultural competence, communication and lateral thinking. This subject offers students the opportunity to recognise and extend these skills by engaging with an industry collaborator in target-language communities in Australia. Students will work in teams to develop solutions, either to progress an existing project or to initiate a project, in consultation with the industry partner and in line with the rigour of workplace knowledge and processes. The subject brings together students from a mix of language majors and is taught in English, but will result in assessable outcomes in a target language.

The subject comprises three phases: 1) three initial weeks of seminars (delivered in English to students in all language streams) which introduce students to team- and project-work strategies, workplace culture, career pathways, as well as the industry partner’s multi-dimensional real-world challenge ; 2) eight weeks of collaborative work in a target language in response to a project brief, under close supervision and to a schedule of reporting deadlines; and 3) the presentation of project outcomes in the target language to an audience of industry specialists, community members and peers.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should:

  • Collaborate with an industry partner with valuable links to the target-language community in Australia
  • Demonstrate skills in research using the methods and databases associated with the target language
  • Demonstrate the linguistic resources to share findings through written and oral reports in the target language
  • Demonstrate cross-cultural competency and an awareness of intercultural sensitivities;
  • Articulate insights gained into the complexities of professional decision-making and management
  • Discuss insights gained into the career pathways enabled by second-language proficiency
  • Build an understanding of the concepts and principles associated with project development and problem solving
  • Evaluate own experiences and work-readiness

Last updated: 3 April 2019