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I’m looking into studying modern languages as my degree but was wondering about the structure of the course. When you write essays on things like literature is this in the target language or English as I know at many other universities they are written I english?
If so how much language work do you actually do?
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I’m looking into studying modern languages as my degree but was wondering about the structure of the course. When you write essays on things like literature is this in the target language or English as I know at many other universities they are written I english?
If so how much language work do you actually do?
Hiya, I've redirected your thread into the Oxbridge forum. Saracen's Fez may be able to offer you some advice.
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Hiya, I've redirected your thread into the Oxbridge forum. Saracen's Fez may be able to offer you some advice.
Thanks for the heads-up!

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I’m looking into studying modern languages as my degree but was wondering about the structure of the course. When you write essays on things like literature is this in the target language or English as I know at many other universities they are written I english?
If so how much language work do you actually do?
Hi, I'm about to graduate from Cambridge in German and French!

In response to your specific question, at Cambridge you write your supervision essays (on literature/film/history/linguistics etc.) in English, rather than in the target language. Realistically this is the more practical option, as supervision essays are intended to be a first attempt at writing about a topic, rather than a polished final draft. Having set out your initial thoughts, you then go to the supervision itself and get teaching input on the topic.

The course itself is structured as a combination of language and 'scheduled' (literature etc.) papers. In first year you will sit one scheduled paper and two language papers (one translation and one 'use of' the language) in each language. This basic structure is the same whether the language is a post-A-level or beginner's language. In second year you'll have either two language and three scheduled papers or three language and two scheduled papers across your two languages – this depends on whether or not you took a beginner's language in first year. In final year you do two language papers (this time usually focusing on one of the two languages) and three scheduled papers. There are also oral exams which are marked as a proportion of a particular language paper, though these basic proportions should be a guide as to the balance between teaching of the language itself and of cultural topics.

Basically your language papers will be sat through the medium of the target language (with the exception of translation into English) and your scheduled papers will be sat through the medium of English.

I hope this is useful, and please let me know if you have any more questions!
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Thank you Saracen's Fez
Would you say that the workload is manageable for your course? How much free time do you have and is it still possible to socialise / participate in sport?
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Thank you Saracen's Fez
Would you say that the workload is manageable for your course? How much free time do you have and is it still possible to socialise / participate in sport?
Workload is manageable for sure, and in my opinion actually feels lighter if you have an extracurricular activity or two going on to break things up a bit. I know loads of MMLers who row and some who play uni-level sport, or there's time for other stuff too for the less sporty. Certainly MMLers go out on a fairly regular basis as well.
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