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Module Structure & Assessment

Autumn Trimester 2022/23 Assessment

  • Week 6 (week of 17 Oct.)

    Mid-Term exams: Some exams are administered centrally outside of regular class time, however, most exams will take place during normal class time. Your teacher will confirm the exact date and time.

  • Week 11 (week of 21 Nov.)

    Aural exams: Some exams are administered centrally outside of regular class time, however, most exams will take place during normal class time. Your teacher will confirm the exact date and time.

  • Week 12 (week of 28 Nov.)

    Oral exams: they will take place in and around your normal class time. Your teacher will confirm the exact date and time.

  • Week 12 (2 and 3 Dec.)

    Written exams: they will take place at the end of week 12 in the Blackrock Exam Centre. Please see the UCD Assessment website for the exact date and time

Module Structure & Assessment

All ALC language courses focus on the development of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Typically students have two hour classes with their teacher 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 in the target language. 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 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 module 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  ALC uses the  Alternative Linear Conversion Grade Scale for all of our modules.  
You can find full information about the various grading scales in use in  UCD  here under 'Mark to  Grade Conversion Scales' 

 For the full list of language modules we offer, click here!  

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