Learn language alongside degreeWatch
I've been thinking about learning a foreign language but I really don't know how to go about it. At university I want to study Economics but is there any programme out there that let's you learn a language alongside your degree in your own time?
Im not looking for a joint degree, I want a straight Economics degree but just want to learn either German, Spanish, Mandarin, or Japanese.
Also would anyone advise against this, due to the heavy workload?
The first is that your university may let you take upto 30 credits in a discipline outside of your main degree, you could then take 30 credits is language modules (no literature) for a language at your university through years 1,2 and 3 and leave with a degree in BA/BSc Economics with German/Spanish/Chinese etc. This isn't a joint honours degree and many university offer this.
The second is that your university may have some kind of foreign languages centre where you'll be able to take extra modules in a foreign language whilst studying for your main degree. To find out if a specific university offers this type into Google "NAME OF UNIVERSITY foreign language centre"
As above - most Unis have a 'Language Centre' or some other way for students to learn/improve a language outside your course. This place usually also provides English language tuition for overseas students.
Thanks for the advice, I'll look in to this.
But as for the workload, do you think it's manageable or will it be too much?
Another important factor would be have you ever studied a language before? If not then it will be more difficult for you.
I studied Spanish and German at GCSE, getting a B and A grade respectively. I haven't taken any to A-Level. Would taking GCSE languages mean I am capable (or atleast have the skills) for a new one at Uni?
EDIT: I don't want to discourage you from studying a language, I love languages and would encourage anyone to learn a new language but make sure your goals are realistic based on the time you'll be dedicating, the difficulty of the language and your language learning experience.
Thanks for this, I probably will try Japanese since I've always wanted to learn it. I just have a few questions:
Have you taught yourself it, or have you attended a class somewhere?
And secondly, by basic how basic are we talking here?
I'd never done Spanish before in my life but using Rosetta Stone for 3 months and DuoLingo for a couple of weeks I managed absolutely fine in Barcelona. I was able to talk to the staff in cafes, read signs, etc. even though most were in Catalan and not Spanish.
Glad to see there's a lot of resources (that skype chat looks good) out there, I'm almost certain that I'll try Japanese now but the only concern for me is, will I have enough time to complete it around a degree?
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