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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

Eligibility and requirements


Either one of German 4, Spanish 4, or equivalent, and permission of subject coordinator

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
GERM10002 German 4
Semester 2
GERM20005 German 4
Semester 2
SPAN10004 Spanish 4
Semester 2
SPAN20003 Spanish 4
Semester 2

Or Permission of coordinator if student is a native speaker of German or Spanish and has not undertaken language study at a tertiary level



Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


  • Project Proposal (500 words) and Annotated Project Timeline (500 words), in English
  • 1000 words
Week 430%
  • Project Report (1500 words), in target language
  • 1500 words
From week 6 to week 1035%
  • Project Summary (1000 words) in English and Project Oral Presentation (500 words) in target language
  • 1500 words
During the examination period35%

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorLara Anderson
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours36 hours Weeks 1-3: 1 x 3-hour seminar per week. Weeks 4-11: 1 x 1-hour seminar per week and 2 hours of industry meetings per week. Week 12: 1 x 3-hour presentation seminar.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    Recommended texts and other resources

    Readings on LMS

  • Off-campus study

    This subject has a workplace component

    This is an industry project with adacemic supervision and guidance on campus as well as industry partner delivery (on campus visits).

  • Breadth options

    This subject is available as breadth in the following courses:

Last updated: 19 July 2019