Semester 1 2018/19 Assessment

  • The Mid-Term exams will take place in week 6 (the week of 15th October). Some exams are administered in the Applied Language Centre, while some exams will take place during normal class time - your teacher will confirm the exact date and time. Schedule to be confirmed.
  • The Aural exams will take place in week 11 (the week of 19th November). Some exams are administered in the Applied Language Centre, while some exams will take place during normal class time - your teacher will confirm the exact date and time. Schedule to be confirmed.
  • The Oral exams will take place during class class time in week 12 (the week of 26th November).
  • The Written exams will be an end of module assessment that will take place in week 12 on either the evening of Friday 30th November or on Saturday 1st December.

Module Structure & Assessment

All ALC language courses focus on the development of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Typically, there is two-hours contact with a tutor per week. This can be either two 1-hour classes or one 2-hour class each week. Most courses take place in the afternoon or early evening. Classes are small (14–18 students). Teachers are all native or near-native speakers and classes are conducted entirely in the target language (except in beginners courses). Courses also offer opportunities to develop transferable skills and intercultural communicative competence.

Independent Study

In addition to the two hours class contact, it is expected that each student will devote a minimum of two additional hours per week to the module. Directions for the learning activities to be done outside class will be given by the class teachers. They will also be available on the virtual learning environment, Brightspace, which will be the basis for much of your independent study.  

Attendance & Participation

For the successful completion of your course, attendance and participation in class are essential. A component of your overall grade is based on attendance and participation (see table below) If you cannot attend a class, please e-mail languages@ucd.ie.


Module Assessment

The table below provides an overview of the assessment structure:

Component Weighting Details
Attendance 0.05 Based on attendance record
Participation 0.05 Based on in-class participation
Mid-Term 0.10 Short writing and listening test
Aural 0.15 20-30 min listening comprehension
Oral 0.25 10-15 min interview / presentation
Written 0.40 1hr Reading / Writing Paper
Total 1.00  

 

The following table explains the mark to grade conversion for each component:Mark to Grade table image

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