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CLCS Language Modules

Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. Do I get a qualification?
  2. How much does it cost?
  3. I’m a postgraduate student at TCD, can I apply for a language module?
  4. I want to take a language module for credit, how do I apply?
  5. I want to take a language module as an extracurricular option, how do I apply?
  6. How many credits is a language module worth?
  7. What is the difference between the Broad Curriculum language modules and the Extracurricular language modules?
  8. How long does a language module last?
  9. Which languages are taught?
  10. Can I move levels? 
  11. Do you teach English?
  12. Is there an exam?

Do I get a qualification?

If you complete your language module, and all aspects of the assessment procedures, you will receive a certificate from the CLCS which confirms the grade you obtained, and the Common European proficiency level of your language module (A1, A2, B1 or B2 level). This certificate is posted to your home address during the summer months.

How much does it cost?

CLCS Language Modules are free of charge for registered TCD students.

I’m a postgraduate student at TCD, can I apply for a language module?

These classes are primarily designed and run for undergraduate students. Where places remain in modules, we are happy to accommodate postgraduate students when possible. Whilst some courses are always filled to maximum capacity, we are usually able to offer a few places to postgraduates after the registration period has closed, in early October.

I want to take a language module for credit, how do I apply?

You must apply online via the Broad Curriculum website, www.tcd.ie/broad_curriculum

I want to take a language module as an extracurricular option, how do I apply?

You can complete the application form for extracurricular students (doc, 69KB; pdf, 92KB)..

How many credits is a language module worth?

Each language module is worth 5 credits. You must take the entire language module over both terms (Michaelmas and Hilary) in order to obtain 5 credits; it is impossible to take one term for 2.5 credits.

What is the difference between the Broad Curriculum language modules and the extracurricular language modules?

These are the same language courses. Each language module has allocated places for Broad Curriculum and extracurricular students.

How long does a language module last?

Each language module lasts for two terms (Michaelmas term and Hilary term). There is no class during study week.

Which languages are taught?

Currently, we offer eight different languages: French, German, Spanish, Italian, Irish, Turkish, Korean and Japanese.

Can I move levels?

Yes, you can move levels if you discover that your language module is too challenging, or not challenging enough, if there is a suitable language module for you to move to. Such moves are only possible before Week 5 of Michaelmas term.

Do you teach English?

Yes, we provide a range of academic English courses (see http://www.tcd.ie/slscs/English)

Is there an exam?

You will encounter a number of different assessment procedures during your language study, including an end of term test. This is a one hour test, and includes a short dictation and four gap tests (C-tests). The test takes place in Week 11 or Week 12 of Hilary term.

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