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    Hi, so I was thinking about applying for German and Spanish but would like to take up a new language as well - one I've never done before. I like the look of Japanese and mandarin but don't know whether I should keep going with German and Spanish, which I am doing at A level, or switch out one for a brand new language and then do either German or Spanish outside, say in afternoon classes? Let me know what you guys think, cheers.
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    Some universities let you do three, so you could do German, Spanish, and a new language.
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    Well really it's up to you. You're already doing German and Spanish so ask yourself if you can see yourself doing it for another 3 years at degree level. Do you know what you want for a career? Which languages would be better for that do you think? Also Japanese and mandarin are completely different to German and Spanish so why the sudden change in direction? I suggest taking a few classes in Japanese and mandarin somewhere to get a better feel for it first.


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    (Original post by rolaah)
    Hi, so I was thinking about applying for German and Spanish but would like to take up a new language as well - one I've never done before. I like the look of Japanese and mandarin but don't know whether I should keep going with German and Spanish, which I am doing at A level, or switch out one for a brand new language and then do either German or Spanish outside, say in afternoon classes? Let me know what you guys think, cheers.
    At Sheffield it's possible to take up a mixture of those languages-I know that the School of East Asian Studies (SEAS) is a leader in terms of language attainment, so it's worth considering Here's the links to a few courses you might be interested in.

    https://www.shef.ac.uk/prospectus/co...do?id=T1R22017

    https://www.shef.ac.uk/prospectus/co...do?id=T1R42017

    https://www.shef.ac.uk/prospectus/co...do?id=T1T22017

    https://www.shef.ac.uk/prospectus/co...do?id=R2T22017

    https://www.shef.ac.uk/prospectus/co...do?id=T2R22017

    https://www.shef.ac.uk/prospectus/co...do?id=R4T22017

    https://www.shef.ac.uk/prospectus/co...do?id=T2R42017

    https://www.shef.ac.uk/prospectus/co...do?id=T9002017

    I did Chinese with Japanese at Sheffield, so if you have any questions, let me know

    The year abroad is an essential part of any language degree, and you can't obtain your language degree without spending an academic year abroad, so where you'd want to spend your year abroad is something you will need to think about before you embark on pursuing languages in higher education
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    Do you have any ideas what you'd like to do with the language? That might help.
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    (Original post by super_kawaii)
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    It's not relevant to the OP but I thought I'd ask anyway since I was browsing this thread and recognised your name.

    How many free credits do you have left over with the language degrees at Sheffield? I'm doing German and Dutch and was wondering if I'd have enough leftover credits (if any at all) to do modules in Russian. Thanks
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    (Original post by pizzanomics)
    It's not relevant to the OP but I thought I'd ask anyway since I was browsing this thread and recognised your name.

    How many free credits do you have left over with the language degrees at Sheffield? I'm doing German and Dutch and was wondering if I'd have enough leftover credits (if any at all) to do modules in Russian. Thanks
    I can't comment on the German and Dutch degree as it's a different department entirely to me, however I highly doubt you'll have any free credits, as you'll have core modules, then optional Germanic modules to make it up to 120 credits. You could pay to take Russian language with the Languages for All scheme though
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    (Original post by super_kawaii)
    At Sheffield it's possible to take up a mixture of those languages-I know that the School of East Asian Studies (SEAS) is a leader in terms of language attainment, so it's worth considering Here's the links to a few courses you might be interested in.

    https://www.shef.ac.uk/prospectus/co...do?id=T1R22017

    https://www.shef.ac.uk/prospectus/co...do?id=T1R42017

    https://www.shef.ac.uk/prospectus/co...do?id=T1T22017

    https://www.shef.ac.uk/prospectus/co...do?id=R2T22017

    https://www.shef.ac.uk/prospectus/co...do?id=T2R22017

    https://www.shef.ac.uk/prospectus/co...do?id=R4T22017

    https://www.shef.ac.uk/prospectus/co...do?id=T2R42017

    https://www.shef.ac.uk/prospectus/co...do?id=T9002017

    I did Chinese with Japanese at Sheffield, so if you have any questions, let me know

    The year abroad is an essential part of any language degree, and you can't obtain your language degree without spending an academic year abroad, so where you'd want to spend your year abroad is something you will need to think about before you embark on pursuing languages in higher education
    You're an absolute legend thanks so much - I'm mainly interested in the political and cultural and historical elements of the course. Is it possible at most unis to do languages outside of the uni as well?
    Cheers
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    (Original post by super_kawaii)
    I can't comment on the German and Dutch degree as it's a different department entirely to me, however I highly doubt you'll have any free credits, as you'll have core modules, then optional Germanic modules to make it up to 120 credits. You could pay to take Russian language with the Languages for All scheme though
    Literally as soon as I sent that comment I found this online which says I'll have 40 unrestricted credits. I'm guessing those are the same as free credits? It doesn't say what I can do with those unrestricted credits though and I've tried looking online but can't find anything.

    Is the Languages for All scheme any good?

    [sorry OP for derailing your thread... ]
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    (Original post by rolaah)
    You're an absolute legend thanks so much - I'm mainly interested in the political and cultural and historical elements of the course. Is it possible at most unis to do languages outside of the uni as well?
    Cheers
    Sheffield does do an East Asian Studies degree, which does not have a language focus, although on this degree course you will not have a year abroad. Although cultural modules are compulsory for any language degree-you don't only learn a language in language degrees as you cannot hope in a million years to become fluent in a language without understanding the history and culture of the country and region of the language you're learning. Plus the Year Abroad gives you invaluable cultural awareness that you'll never learn just sitting in a classroom. Here's a couple more links

    https://www.shef.ac.uk/prospectus/co...do?id=T3002017 (East Asian Studies)

    http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/seas/unde...studiesmodules (studies modules in SEAS)
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    (Original post by pizzanomics)
    Literally as soon as I sent that comment I found this online which says I'll have 40 unrestricted credits. I'm guessing those are the same as free credits? It doesn't say what I can do with those unrestricted credits though and I've tried looking online but can't find anything.

    Is the Languages for All scheme any good?

    [sorry OP for derailing your thread... ]
    Unrestricted credits are credits you can fill up with absolutely any module you wish, provided it is eligible to run and it doesn't clash with your core modules.

    I have never done languages for all, as I am ineligible for it to be free due to already studying two languages as core modules for my degree
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    (Original post by pizzanomics)
    Literally as soon as I sent that comment I found this online which says I'll have 40 unrestricted credits. I'm guessing those are the same as free credits? It doesn't say what I can do with those unrestricted credits though and I've tried looking online but can't find anything.

    Is the Languages for All scheme any good?

    [sorry OP for derailing your thread... ]
    If your course was anything like mine then "unrestricted" simply means that rather than having to do 40 credits of fixed modules they'll have 60-80 credits worth of relevant modules for you to pick and choose from. It is unlikely that you'll be allowed to choose a different language for these.

    Although it can vary, I have heard of them just having to choose "20 credits of business modules" and have free reign more or less of what ones they choose.

    You'd be better off asking the university during an open day (or now if you've been selected).
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    (Original post by Elivercury)
    If your course was anything like mine then "unrestricted" simply means that rather than having to do 40 credits of fixed modules they'll have 60-80 credits worth of relevant modules for you to pick and choose from. It is unlikely that you'll be allowed to choose a different language for these.

    Although it can vary, I have heard of them just having to choose "20 credits of business modules" and have free reign more or less of what ones they choose.

    You'd be better off asking the university during an open day (or now if you've been selected).
    Unrestricted credits usually mean you can pick any module you want-even modules outside your department.

    What you're thinking of are optional modules, which is when you get a choice from a list of pre approved modules within the department
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    (Original post by super_kawaii)
    Unrestricted credits usually mean you can pick any module you want-even modules outside your department.

    What you're thinking of are optional modules, which is when you get a choice from a list of pre approved modules within the department
    I stand corrected then! I did an engineering degree, so there wasn't a huge amount of flexibility in it.
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    (Original post by Elivercury)
    I stand corrected then! I did an engineering degree, so there wasn't a huge amount of flexibility in it.
    I do languages, and have never had unrestricted credits, only optional ones. There's a big difference
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    (Original post by Elivercury)
    If your course was anything like mine then "unrestricted" simply means that rather than having to do 40 credits of fixed modules they'll have 60-80 credits worth of relevant modules for you to pick and choose from. It is unlikely that you'll be allowed to choose a different language for these.

    Although it can vary, I have heard of them just having to choose "20 credits of business modules" and have free reign more or less of what ones they choose.

    You'd be better off asking the university during an open day (or now if you've been selected).
    Like super_kawaii said I don't think they'll be like that. With my old degree I had loads of optional modules from within my department that I had to choose from but they were mostly only related to my subject and hardly any of the others. I also doubt I'd be able to do another language but I was just curious because I'd so much rather do that than something else (besides modules related to my other two languages).

    I'm going to an open day on Thursday so I'll have to ask then!

    (Original post by super_kawaii)
    Unrestricted credits are credits you can fill up with absolutely any module you wish, provided it is eligible to run and it doesn't clash with your core modules.

    I have never done languages for all, as I am ineligible for it to be free due to already studying two languages as core modules for my degree

    That's good - I assumed just as much! Do you know where I could find a list of these modules? Surely I couldn't do any module.. I mean, not that I'd want to, but I doubt I could just stroll up to some Maths lectures.

    I'll have to give it a look and see if it's worth it, I wont be eligible to do it for free either I take it.
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    (Original post by pizzanomics)
    Like super_kawaii said I don't think they'll be like that. With my old degree I had loads of optional modules from within my department that I had to choose from but they were mostly only related to my subject and hardly any of the others. I also doubt I'd be able to do another language but I was just curious because I'd so much rather do that than something else (besides modules related to my other two languages).

    I'm going to an open day on Thursday so I'll have to ask then!




    That's good - I assumed just as much! Do you know where I could find a list of these modules? Surely I couldn't do any module.. I mean, not that I'd want to, but I doubt I could just stroll up to some Maths lectures.

    I'll have to give it a look and see if it's worth it, I wont be eligible to do it for free either I take it.
    You technically could choose a maths class, although it's not that common for language students. From my experience, other languages, business modules and history modules tend to be the most commonly chosen modules when it comes to unrestricted modules within language degrees, due to the similarity to core and optional modules
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    (Original post by super_kawaii)
    You technically could choose a maths class, although it's not that common for language students. From my experience, other languages, business modules and history modules tend to be the most commonly chosen modules when it comes to unrestricted modules within language degrees, due to the similarity to core and optional modules
    Nice, fingers crossed I can do another language then, and preferably Russian! I'll give it an ask on Thursday just to double check. Thanks.
 
 
 
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