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Learning a language involves not only linguistic and cultural proficiency but also the development of skills in areas valued by industry: intercultural competence, communication and digital literacy. This subject offers students the opportunity to develop these skills by engaging with an industry collaborator in target-language communities in Australia. Students will work in teams to progress an existing project, in consultation with the industry partner. The subject brings together students from a mix of language majors and is taught in English, but will result in some 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 project; 2) eight weeks of collaborative work in response to a project brief, under close supervision and to a schedule of reporting deadlines, documenting progress through an online platform; and 3) the presentation of project outcomes to an audience of industry specialists, community members and peers.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject students should be able to:
- Collaborate with an industry partner with valuable links to the target-language community in Australia;
- Develop skills in project development and problem solving;
- Evaluate own experiences and reflect on future study and career options;
- Demonstrate the ability to use professional language in presenting the industry project;
- Demonstrate intermediate-level linguistic resources to share findings through a written report in the target language;
- Demonstrate cross-cultural competency and an awareness of intercultural sensitivities;
- Articulate insights gained into the processes surrounding professional decision-making and management;
On completion of this subject students should have:
- Developed oral and written intercultural communication skills;
- Developed time management and work planning skills;
- Developed digital literacy skills;
- Improved research skills;
- Enhanced information literacy skills.
Last updated: 7 August 2021