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Modern Foreign Language Degree Courses

Most undergraduate degree programmes allow students to take an option. You will have some compulsory courses to take as part of your degree programme but in some years, if not all, you can choose one or two options. Not all programmes allow this so check your degree regulations and maybe also with your tutor first!

Language and Society 1 (Beginner)

Available in Russian|, Mandarin|Spanish| and French|. Leads to Language and Society 3 after two years.

Language and Society 2 (Intermediate)

Available in Russian|Mandarin|, Spanish| and French|. Leads to Language and Society 3 after one year.

These two levels will bring you up to post A-level or equivalent in one or two years, using language and a variety of skills within the specific context of Social Science topics relevant to the Language and Society you will cover. You'll learn to speak in a variety of situations, practise listening and reading skills using a wide range of material, and develop writing skills for a variety of commercial and academic purposes. You'll learn about the society of your chosen area using examples taken from various sources: the press; TV and radio; cinema; literature and texts relevant to Social Science students.

Language and Society 3 (Advanced)

Available in Russian|, Mandarin|, German|, Spanish| and French|. European Framework B2 Vantage level.

Language and Society 4 (Proficiency)

Available in Russian|Mandarin|, German|, Spanish| and French|. European Framework C1 Effectiveness level.

Language and Society 5 (Mastery)

Available in Mandarin|, Spanish| and French|. European Framework C2 Mastery level.

These three options aim to improve your language skills across a range of speaking, reading, listening and writing activities. You will study in increasingly greater detail aspects of society, politics, economics and media. Contact time decreases according to the level chosen. You will be exposed to a variety of material in Language and Society 3 and 4, and can choose to study more intensively in Language and Society 5 specific authors, movements or eras. You will be encouraged to develop both your linguistic and research skills.

Why should I take an MFL Language Degree Course as an option?

There are many reasons but we would highlight the following:

  • If you’ve already invested a lot of time and effort into a language, it’s a pity to let it go to waste.
  • If you’ve enjoyed studying a language previously, you’ll enjoy taking the subject further; and if you’re an absolute beginner, you’ll relish the academic, intellectual and practical challenge of our Beginner programmes.
  • If you’ve already been successful in your language studies, a degree option will make sure your language skills are credited as part of your actual degree.
  • You’ll find that not only will your language skills improve, but you’ll use these skills to explore issues relating to French, German, Mandarin, Russian or Spanish politics, economics and society.

The gains you’ll make are not purely language related, but you’ll find you will have developed many transferable skills such as those related to

  • Communication
  • IT
  • Research
  • Presentation skills

We want to make your language study as useful for your future as possible, and so you’ll find much of our programme geared to help you cope with residence abroad, giving you the necessary linguistic tools to cope with a variety of academic or work related situations.

Your exit profile will be enhanced by the addition of a fully accredited language option as many international companies reward recognised language skills. On average people who use languages in their job earn 8% more than their colleagues1.

1. Figures from NTO: The Languages National Training Organisation and CILT: The Centre for Information on Language Teaching and Research)

How much teaching will I receive?

For the intensive programmes Language and Society 1 & 2, classes start in week 1 of term. Language Society 3, 4 & 5 run along the lines of other LSE degree option (Lectures start week 1, classes in week 3).

  • Language and Society 1 (Beginner): 6 hours per week
  • Language and Society 2 (Intermediate): 5 hours per week
  • Language and Society 3 (Advanced): 4 hours per week
  • Language and Society 4 (Proficiency): 3 hours per week
  • Language and Society 5 (Mastery): 2 hours per week
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