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Undergraduate Course: Languages Beyond University (ELCC08004)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
Course typeStudent-Led Individually Created Course AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryLanguages Beyond University is a Student-Led Individually Created Course (SLICC) for self-designed experiential learning and self-reflection on personal and professional skills and work and project experience in an e-portfolio. You will be allocated to a mentor in Modern Languages departments in schools or community groups in or near Edinburgh. Throughout the whole academic year, you will liaise with class teachers/ mentors to plan and organise cultural learning materials and activities for pupils and will collaborate with your school mentor and university course tutor. This could include organising events at school and at university, and might involve researching and exploring your Year Abroad destination with the class, organising a film screening for the pupils at the university, inviting pupils to the annual plays performed by DELC students and designing and planning complementary workshops.
Undertaking a SLICC will enable you to create a learning experience which is unique, while demonstrating your learning and academic achievement against defined learning outcomes.
Course description This course requires you to propose, develop and manage a unique learning experience that will enable you to evidence how you have achieved your self- designed learning outcomes for the course. By engaging with school teachers and pupils, you have numerous possibilities to plan and design your own project. You will write a project proposal which has to be approved by your university course tutor. Throughout the duration of your learning experience, you will work on an e-portfolio that reflects on the evolution of the project and your progression over time. It must include a regular reflective blog diary. It may contain other evidence that may take a variety of different forms such as photographs, documents, reports, feedback, video, podcasts, etc. Your continuous work on the e-portfolio will inform your final Reflective Report.

The steps in undertaking the course are as follows:
1) Identify a suitable project for your learning experience, and attend an introductory course workshop
2) Write your draft proposal and submit to your university course tutor for approval
3) Self-direct and manage your own learning experience
4) Actively and regularly reflect upon and document your experience with evidence and use this as a basis for writing your self-critical formative Final Reflective Report
5) Formatively self-assess and submit your Final Reflective Report for summative assessment by your tutor university course tutor.

The steps identified above each require a significant amount of thought and input and will ultimately form part of an e-portfolio of evidence that will be used in the self-assessment of your course.

When undertaking this SLICC you will not only develop the content of your learning experience but also produce an agreed portfolio of outputs where you must evidence what you have learned and, importantly, demonstrate how you met the learning outcomes for the course.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students must be studying on a degree programme which includes the language associated with the chosen community engagement activity.
Additional Costs In academic year 2024/25, the cost of travel to and from agreed placements (where students are not eligible for free bus travel), as well as the cost of any required Disclosure Scotland (PVG scheme) check, will be reimbursed by the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (LLC). LLC will keep this process under review for future academic years.
NB Students may be liable for these costs if they withdraw from the course.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  20
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Formative Assessment:
1 x self-reflective report
1 x agreed portfolio of outputs
1 x formative self-assessment

Summative Assessment (100% weighting):
Self-critical Final Reflective Report, maximum word limit: 3000 words
E-portfolio of evidence - At the proposal approval stage for your SLICC, your tutor/advisor will discuss and agree with you what outputs and information need to be created, collated and submitted in your portfolio. This e-portfolio will support and provide evidence for your learning and development of skills throughout your SLICC. Your portfolio should be constructed throughout the duration of your learning experience, demonstrating evolution, iteration and progress over-time. It must include a regular reflective blog diary. It may contain other evidence, which may take many forms including photographs, documents, reports, feedback, video, podcasts, etc.

Formative Self-Assessment - An important component of your final submission, in addition to your ability to self-critically reflect on your experience, is to demonstrate your understanding of your achievements through graded self-assessment. In your self-assessment you are required to demonstrate the alignment of the grades given by you for each learning outcome to the justification for them, and where this is evidenced within your portfolio
Feedback You will be given detailed formative feedback at: (a) the stage of reflecting on what you wish to do for and achieve during your project, whilst defining your own learning outcomes in your Proposal. Setting these effectively at the start is a key element to the SLICC; (b) on your Interim Reflective Report. This permits you to reflect and act on this feedback before submission of the Final Reflective Report, but will also be at a time to gain deep insight into and beneficially influence the progress of your project. The Interim Reflective Report is in the same format as the Final Reflective Report, so formative feedback is directly aligned with the final summative assessment.
You will receive summative feedback on your Final Reflective Report.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. express how they have actively developed their understanding of the possibilities and importance of cultural education as part of outreach and community engagement.
  2. apply a range of relevant skills and attributes (academic, professional and/or personal) in order to engage effectively with the particular demands of cultural education and community outreach.
  3. demonstrate how they have used their experiences on the course to actively develop their skills in areas of a) personal and intellectual autonomy, b) communication, and/or c) personal effectiveness.
  4. articulate how they have used their experiences on the course to actively explore their attitude towards a) enquiry and lifelong learning, b) aspiration and personal development, and/or c) outlook and engagement.
  5. evaluate and critically reflect upon their contribution to cultural education and community outreach, identifying where improvement and development is needed.
Learning Resources
Learning resources are provided online. These resources include guidance on: reflective learning and reflective models; generating your own specific focused learning outcomes from the generic learning outcomes; collecting and curating evidence of your learning using an e-portfolio; writing reflective reports on your learning; using the PebblePad workbook, reflective blog and webfolio:
Bassot, B. The Reflective Journal, Palgrave. 2nd Ed.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Undertaking a SLICC will enable you to develop your abilities in self-critical reflection, organisation and time-management, self-assessment, evaluation of standards and competencies achieved, application of prior learning in a defined context, and provide opportunities to further develop analytical and presentation skills. The SLICC learning outcomes are derived from and embedded in the institutional Graduate Attributes. The learning outcomes are flexible to provide you with autonomy. With guidance from your course tutor, this flexibility of choice enables you, in the context of your own chosen experience, to focus on your own particular skills and mind sets. You can select the specific attributes that you consider are the most important to reflect upon, looking into your current and future professional and personal aims and career aspirations.
KeywordsSLICC,employability,student-led,reflection,portfolio,school,cultural learning,graduate attributes
Course organiserMrs Patricia Rueda Diez
Tel: (0131 6)50 3746
Course secretaryMs Monique Brough
Tel: (0131 6)50 3618
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