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SML3004 : Year Abroad ePortfolio (YAeP)

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Damien Hall
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Off Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 50
Semester 2 Credit Value: 50
ECTS Credits: 50.0


A 'learning experience' is not just restricted to academic situations like a degree scheme, but can include any situation in which students may be involved during the Year Abroad. The problems confronted in registering at university abroad, teaching in a classroom for the first time, or adapting to work in an office environment can all be regarded as learning experiences. Employers are very interested in people who can manage their own learning and use their experiences to improve what they do in this way.

Outline Of Syllabus

Students are expected to reflect on the ways in which they are learning the language and adapting to the culture of their country of residence abroad and how they are developing skills from the University’s Graduate Skills Framework over the course of their Year Abroad, using the ePortfolio as a tool to carry out this reflection and as a platform of exchange with their Personal Tutor.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Placement/Study AbroadStudy Abroad11000:001000:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This module encourages students on their Year Abroad to focus on their learning and personal development. Through independent learning and reflection they become used to reflecting in a systematic and sustained manner on goals, processes and achievements. Even though at time of writing (June 2020) international travel for University purposes in Semester 1 20-21 is banned, students will still be expected to write the reflective blogpost that is due in November 2020, and if international travel continues to be banned in Semester 2 they would still be expected to write the blogposts due in February and May 2021. Some students will be undertaking Semester 1 Year Abroad placements online as opposed to in person, and some will not be undertaking placements at all until Semester 2, but personal learning and reflection can still take place in all these circumstances.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Reflective log2M100Sem 1 & 2. Max. 3,000 words over three logs due in Nov, Feb, May
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

This module is assessed on a pass/fail basis only.

Three reflective practice records (tutor blog posts) to be completed on the ePortfolio blog in November, February and May, at which time the assessment of successful completion of the module is made. Feedback is provided by the students’ personal tutor via the ePortfolio after each reflective record submission.

One debriefing session is offered following the students’ return from their year abroad.

The assessment is not designed to elicit right or wrong answers, or to rank the students. It is designed to encourage students to reflect on their own progress, set their own goals and focus on the development in their linguistic and personal skills. Tutor input during the year is intended to give some feedback on progress. The final debriefing session is intended to ensure that students have taken the exercise seriously and have reflected adequately on their achievements.

Tutor Post 1 asks students to describe how they have settled into their country of residence, assess their language progress and determine learning goals for the next three months.
Tutor Post 2 asks students to evaluate how they have developed since TP1 (on a personal, professional and academic level), consider the successes they have achieved, evaluate their language progress and determine new goals for the next two months.
Tutor Post 3 asks students to reflect on their year abroad as a whole and assess the goals they have achieved (on a personal, linguistic, professional and academic level).

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