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Language Teaching and Languages (French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish) with International Experience BA (Hons)


What will I learn?

Would you love to become a highly proficient linguist, while also developing the skills and knowledge you need to become a teacher of modern languages or of English?When you study the new BA Language Teaching and Languages, you will have the opportunity to learn up to two languages, one to near-native standard. You will study the science of how we learn languages as well as the theory and practice of how we teach languages effectively. You will also have the opportunity to practise your skills in a work placement, either in the UK or teaching English in one of the countries whose language you are learning - subject to availability.If you decide to study two languages, chosen from French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish, one can be studied from beginners’ level, and in at least one you can raise your language skills to near-native standard. If you study one language only, then you will normally have reached at least A/S- or A-level or equivalent in that language before starting this degree.Throughout this language teaching and languages course, you will increase your cultural understanding through options in literature, film, the visual arts and society. You will also be able to choose from our suite of linguistics modules, developing your understanding, for example, of how language is acquired, structured and used in social situations and contexts; or of the psychological processes involved in language production/perception.If you opt for the Foundation Year route, this will fully prepare you for undergraduate study. It is ideal if you are returning to study after a gap, or if you have not previously studied the relevant subjects, or if you didn't achieve the grades you need for a place on your chosen undergraduate degree.On the four-year full-time International Experience route, you will normally spend your third year at a partner institution to allow you to develop your language skills and your knowledge of the culture. **Highlights**- You will be taught by specialists from a centre of teaching and research excellence that prides itself on research-led teaching in French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish, making it an outstanding multidisciplinary team.- The Birkbeck College Applied Linguistics Society, an official University of London society, was formed to bring together students interested in applied linguistics and related fields (for example multilingualism, intercultural communication) in the London area. Birkbeck’s Centre for Multilingual and Multicultural Research hosts visiting scholars from all over the world and runs regular research seminars given by speakers from overseas and other UK institutions.- If you choose the four-year full-time International Experience route, you will have the opportunity to spend a year at a partner institution or undertake a work placement in the UK. **Careers and employability**Graduates can pursue career paths in language teaching, as well as in education, law, the civil service and business roles. Possible professions include:- translator- English as a Foreign Language teacher- publishing copy editor/proofreader- civil service fast-streamer- editorial assistant.We offer a comprehensive careers service - Careers and Enterprise - your career partner during your time at Birkbeck and beyond. At every stage of your career journey, we empower you to take ownership of your future, helping you to make the connection between your experience, education and future ambitions.

Which department am I in?

Languages, Cultures and Applied Linguistics

Study options

Full time with time abroad (4 Years)

Tuition fees
£16,020.00 (US$ 19,902) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

October 2023


Main Site

Malet Street,



WC1E 7HX, England

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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