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Year in Europe Language Classes

If you would like to spend a year abroad as part of your degree programme, you have lots of options.
You may click on the following link for a full list of degrees offered at Imperial College: Undergraduate Degree courses information; a list of current exchange partners is also available:  Exchange Partners

In preparation for your stay abroad we offer classes in French, German, Spanish and Italian.

In order to register on these classes, you'll need to notify us of your 'Year-in-Europe' status when enrolling on a Horizons Language module. 

You may also contact the Year-in-Europe administrator for further information.

If you have any questions about joining the Year in Europe /Year Abroad scheme in general, you should contact your departmental exchange co-ordinator.
If you have any language-related queries, please contact the relevant Language coordinator (see list below):
French: Mrs Sibylle Moulin
German: Dr Felicitas Starr-Egger
Italian: Dr Sheila Lecoeur
Spanish: Mrs Almudena Sanchez-Villen

Language Year-inEurope preparatory classes aims 

  • Develop further all the basic language skills, i.e. reading, writing, listening and speaking, with a science, technology and engineering focus
  • Apply more complex grammatical structures to specific genres
  • Apply and extend vocabulary
  • Introduce and use scientific and technical terminology
  • Provide insights into university uge and culture in the host countries
  • Prepare students for residence abroad

To be able to join, you need to have done one of the following:

If you intend to go abroad in your third year of study:

  • Gained a GCSE Qualification in the relevant language (French, German or Spanish)
  • Already achieved A1+ or equivalent on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)

Key information

  • Classes are one hour per week over two terms (Autumn & Spring term) and must be taken in addition to the two hours taught as part of Imperial Horizons Programme.
  • Attendance at this extra hour and completion of any preparation work allocated will be essential to achieve the proficiency required for a stay abroad beyond the scope of the general language class.
  • The classes assessment contributes to the Horizons language modules overall mark

Module descriptions

Year in Europe

Level 2 Year-in-Europe classes (content description)

Year-in-Europe Language class
Content description for Level 2

An additional third hour of language tuition per week is intended to prepare students for study abroad. Attendance at this extra hour and completion of any preparation work allocated will be essential to achieve the proficiency required for a stay abroad beyond the scope of the general language class. 

These sessions will help you to become familiar with university life and culture in the foreign country and will support your language studies through the extra face to face interaction in the foreign language they provide. You may also expect to work with scientific and technical terminology in the foreign language at a suitable level. Your teacher will introduce a variety of topics and activities to develop a whole range of skills. At the start of term you will be provided with a general introduction to the topics and areas of practice that you will find in these classes, but you may expect the focus of each level to be as follows: 

Focus :          
Scientific and technical vocabulary will be introduced alongside cultural and university-related topics, as well as specific grammar points pertinent to language for specific purpose. The focus is on reading and listening and a variety of audiovisual materials will be used to enhance your language comprehension skills, enabling you to adapt to different accents and pace. Your teacher may ask you to research, read or listen to extra materials at home. 

Assessment : 
For this level it will consist of an in-class reading comprehension of a new text and vocabulary-related exercises (translation, cloze, multiple choice etc.) connected with topics seen in the class.

Assessment summary:

  • A 30-minute in-class test at the end of the Spring term during the Year in Europe hour.
  • This test counts for 15% of the written examination component of the Horizons general language class.

Level 3 Year-in-Europe class (content description)

Year-in-Europe Language class
Content description for Level 3

An additional third hour of language tuition per week is intended to prepare students for study abroad. Attendance at this extra hour and completion of any preparation work allocated will be essential to achieve the proficiency required for a stay abroad beyond the scope of the general language class.

These sessions will help you to become familiar with university life and culture in the foreign country and will support your language studies through the extra face to face interaction in the foreign language they provide. You may also expect to work with scientific and technical terminology in the foreign language at a suitable level. Your teacher will introduce a variety of topics and activities to develop a whole range of skills. At the start of term you will be provided with a general introduction to the topics and areas of practice that you will find in these classes, but you may expect the focus of each level to be as follows:

Focus :
While some grammar support and general language revision is still part of this level, the focus on reading and listening will be increased. A variety of audiovisual materials will be used to enhance your language comprehension skills, enabling you to adapt to different accents and pace. Your teacher may ask you to research, read or listen to extra materials at home. Scientific and technical vocabulary will be introduced alongside cultural and university-related topics.

Assessment :
For this level it will consist of an in-class reading comprehension of a new text and vocabulary-related exercises (translation, cloze, multiple choice etc.) connected with topics seen in the class. Completion of this level is the bare minimum required for residence abroad. Students who spend a year abroad with level 3 completed are advised to make sure they join the pre-start of year language course offered by their host university.

Assessment summary:
• A 30-minute in-class test at the end of the Spring term during the Year in Europe hour.
• This test counts for 15% of the written examination component of the general Horizons language class.

Level 4 Year-in-Europe class (content description)

Year-in-Europe Language class 
Content description for Level 4

 An additional third hour of language tuition per week is intended to prepare students for study abroad. Attendance at this extra hour and completion of any preparation work allocated will be essential to achieve the proficiency required for a stay abroad beyond the scope of the general language class.

These sessions will help you to become familiar with university life and culture in the foreign country and will support your language studies through the extra face to face interaction in the foreign language they provide. You may also expect to work with scientific and technical terminology in the foreign language at a suitable level. Your teacher will introduce a variety of topics and activities to develop a whole range of skills. At the start of term you will be provided with a general introduction to the topics and areas of practice that you will find in these classes, but you may expect the focus of each level to be as follows:

Focus:

This level focuses on communicative aspects (listening, speaking, presenting topics in the foreign language) and on practical cultural matters. Working with audiovisual materials, students will practice skills such as note-taking, summarizing and identifying essential detail from lectures. An introduction to the specific cities students may visit on their year abroad will also be provided as a complement of the cultural component of the general language class. New scientific and technical vocabulary will be introduced either through texts, translation, listening exercises and the scientific-technical presentations which will take place during the second term. 

Assessment: 
It will consist of a scientific/technical presentation (or poster for French), an abstract and a bibliography.

Assessment summary:

  • A 15-minute in class presentation of a scientific subject (70%)*
  • An abstract and a bibliography (30%)
    *
    This presentation counts towards the oral examination grade of the general Horizons language module (15%)

Note: Students of French will work in small groups to design a scientific poster and present it to the class.

  • Design a scientific poster (50%)
  • Give an in-class presentation of the poster (50%)

Level 5 & 6 Year-in-Europe classes (content description)

Year-in-Europe Language class
Content description for Level 5 & 6

 An additional third hour of language tuition per week is intended to prepare students for study abroad. Attendance at this extra hour and completion of any preparation work allocated will be essential to achieve the proficiency required for a stay abroad beyond the scope of the general language class.

 These sessions will help you to become familiar with university life and culture in the foreign country and will support your language studies through the extra face to face interaction in the foreign language they provide. You may also expect to work with scientific and technical terminology in the foreign language at a suitable level. Your teacher will introduce a variety of topics and activities to develop a whole range of skills. At the start of term you will be provided with a general introduction to the topics and areas of practice that you will find in these classes, but you may expect the focus of each level to be as follows:

 Focus:                      

These are the highest levels provided to students; communication and academic skills are enhanced through further work with audiovisual materials from online sources, radio/TV, as well as scientific and technical texts and in-class presentations.

Assessment:
It will consist of a scientific/technical presentation, an abstract and a bibliography.

Assessment summary:

  •  A 20-minute in class presentation of a scientific subject (70%)
  • An abstract and a bibliography (30%)
  • This counts for 15% of the written examination grade of the general Horizons language module.

 

Placement GuidanceErasmus ClubChemistry (F101, F104)

Erasmus 2018-19

Erasmus 2018-19: returning students' sharing their impressions on their year abroad