Modern Languages



All of our modules are designed to give you key transferable skills. You will not only improve your grasp of another language and culture, but also learn how to evaluate ideas critically, how to think through problems analytically and how to communicate complex material clearly. We offer opportunities to discuss and defend your argument, to give oral presentations and to work both individually and as part of a group, all of which will equip you with useful skills for your future career.

SECL runs a year abroad programme for all students wishing to study abroad, as well as those students who wish to work abroad, often teaching English in a classroom of a country speaking your chosen language.

All our students have the opportunity to spend a year abroad in a job placement gaining valuable work experience. During their year abroad, Language students often work as English language assistants in schools. This is great practice for those with a teaching or academic career in mind, and offers enhanced communication, confidence and initiative skills that will be of interest to all future employers.

There are numerous employment prospects open to languages graduates, and popular choices include teaching either German, or teaching English as a Foreign Language, translation and interpreting, working in international organisations and going into the Armed Forces. Further study options often include a PGCE, TEFL, a PhD or Masters in various aspects of German or Austrian language and culture, or another subject altogether.

Academic opportunities

SCL502: Languages in the classroom

This module will provide you with the opportunity to combine an academic course with work experience, so you can also gain credits towards your degree. You will be placed at a secondary school which will give you an insight into a teaching career option.

Placements in a school environment will enhance your employability opportunities as you will acquire a range of skills. When recruiting new graduates, employers look for additional assets graduates have gained and that are of value to their organisation. They also look for evidence of skills and experiences that make you different from other graduate applicants.

By undertaking this module you will:

  • Develop a range of skills including work related skills demanded by graduate employers
  • Improve your confidence levels
  • Develop your employability

Enrol on the module as normal, but final admission will be via informal interviews during the spring term. Please contact Yadira Ross as soon as you sign up as places are limited.

Diplôme de Français Professionnel Affaires

The School of European Culture and Languages is a local teaching and examination centre for Business French qualifications delivered by the Paris and Ile-de-France Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIP).

FR590: Professional French

This module prepares students for the Diplôme de Français Professionnel Affaires B1 - (DFP Affaires B1). Students are taken through essential aspects of the conduct of business in France, both learning about those aspects and becoming familiar with specific features of the French language encountered in business practice. Topics such as company structure, human resources, applying for a job, marketing, etc, will be studied.

FR592: French for Business

This module prepares students for the Diplôme de Français Professionnel Affaires B2 - (DFP Affaires B2). By taking this module, you will acquire an advanced foundation in contemporary business and professional French language, both spoken and written; essential information about business practice in France; and the habit of accuracy in written French and in the application of business concepts.

For further information about these business qualifications please contact Fiona Godfrey

GE586: Medien und Oeffentlichkeit

This module examines the media systems of the contemporary German-speaking world, including both public and private structures and spanning print, broadcasting and digital media. In particular, it traces the media’s contribution to the creation and development of the public sphere in German-speaking countries, and the relationship between the media and its producers. Attention is be paid throughout to the European and global dimension of today’s media politics and culture.It encourages the development of partnerships with various media and cultural institutions to provide students with internships. The current partners are the Austrian foundation Mozarteum Salzburg, Österreichischer Wirtschaftsverlag and Hessischer Rundfunk.

To hear an interview with Dirk Emig from Hessischer Rundfunk on placements with the company, please listen to the audio track below.

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