Your University Questions, Answered.
How many contact hours do Language and Communication Studies students have per week?
I’ve spoken to Language and Communication Studies lecturer Ilse Renaudie about what to expect.
‘You will have between 10 and 12 contact hours per week. These might include:
- Four to six hours of core language teaching, depending on the level you start your learning from
- Four to six hours of non-language teaching (culture, communication, translation or specialised subject modules)
- There are also at least three advising sessions a semester with your academic adviser
Alongside formal teaching, there are a range of extracurricular activities you can get involved in depending on the language(s) you’re studying/speak. These include:
- Cineclub Film Series screens French, Japanese and Spanish films which are subtitled in English and there is also a public lecture series that anyone can attend.
- A series of Japanese culture events (run by the Centre for Japanese studies).
- You might also want to get involved in a French theatre production and become a member of UEA’s Sacré Théâtre.
- For Spanish speakers, there is a Spanish magazine, La Taberna and for French speakers, there is a French blog. Both of these involve contact with native speakers.
- The School also has a self-access resources centre where language students can practice with our learning material.
Clubs run by the Union of UEA Students which might interest people studying languages, and people on other courses. These might include the Japan Society, BSL Society and the Erasmus Student Network. To find out about what else is on offer, have a look at the UEA SU website.
So alongside your formal lecture and seminar timetable, there are plenty of other language and cultural-related activities to get involved in.