Global Graduate Award in Languages
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- For how many modules may I register?
You may register for one module in the Global Graduate Award scheme. Learning a language requires considerable time and effort.
Please note that you may enrol for additional modules on the English Language Support Programme
- What happens if I miss a class?
Regular attendance is essential. However, if you are ill or have another valid reason not to attend please inform your tutor by email, preferably prior to the class. In case of prolonged illness you will be required to provide a medical certificate. If you miss more than two classes in a semester without informing your tutor you will lose your place on the course.
- What happens if I fail a module?
You will be registered for your language module on SITS (the University’s student registration system). This ensures that your results are recorded on your transcript at the end of the academic year. If you fail a module the fail mark will be recorded on your transcript. You may re-submit coursework and re-sit tests at the end of the following academic year.
- Who do I inform if I have special needs or require additional time to complete tests?
If for any reason you find you are experiencing learning difficulties or require special educational facilities please write to the Programme Director of the Global Graduate award in the School of English and Languages, Christa Saller. If you disclose learning difficulties, procedures are in place to ensure that your rights under data protection legislation are not infringed. If you want to apply for special arrangements for examinations, the same regulations apply as in your home department. Please see the Additional Learning Support web pages for more information:
- Are the language modules open to postgraduate students?
Yes. All modules are open to postgraduate students but not as credit-bearing options. You are expected to complete assignments and take the tests and will receive an attendance certificate listing your grade on successful completion of the module
- My application is 'pending'. What does that mean?
It means that either we haven't had a chance to process applications for your class or that the class is full but we don't want to reject you as a place may become available soon.
- What are the chances of getting a place on the module of my choice?
We offer a considerable number of classes throughout the week, with parallel courses available for most languages. However, it is not possible to guarantee every student a place in the module of their choice. We will inform you by email whether you have been successful in securing a place. You may only register for one class at a time, but if you have not been successful in obtaining a place on a module you may register for another class. Modules with open places may remain open for registration after the official registration period ends.
Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis but please note that you cannot apply until you have your URN and can log in to your university e-mail account.
Please note that classes only run if a sufficient number of students enrol.
- Is English one of the Global Graduate Award languages?
Yes. If English is not your first language you may opt for an English module. The EAP modules are also available as part of the Global Graduate Award scheme.
- I applied several days ago. Why have I not heard whether I have a place?
We probably just have not yet been able to process applications for the class you applied for. If you apply by 1 October you should definitely get a reply by the time of your first class. Please keep checking your university e-mail until you get a decision.
- I've been rejected. Is there no chance of a place in a class?
You can re-apply for a different time-slot or wait and hope that someone drops out and we can reallocate their place. If you applied late or if you chose a popular language with limited availability you may just have to wait until next year.
- I don't have my timetable/URN yet. Can I still apply?
It might be OK to apply for a Wednesday afternoon class if you are not trying for a sports team and are sure your Department won't want you for lab work then. Otherwise, please wait for your timetable.
- I am no longer free for my class at the time I applied for. What should I do?
Please go back into the system, withdraw from the class you can no longer do and reapply. If you decide to withdraw and not reapply please send an e-mail to email@example.com. If your timetable has changed then you may be able to change class if another of the same level is available at a more suitable time.
- How many hours of independent study should I set aside?
You should dedicate at least three hours a week to completing assignments and to independent study. Your tutor and the Language Study Area will be happy to advise you on resources available for self study.
- How do I register?
Online Registration: Monday 24 September 09:30 to Friday 28 September 12:00 at http://magic.surrey.ac.uk/gga/servlet/SignIn
- Classes are all 2 hours per week, for 19 weeks, over 2 semesters (view timetable)
- All modules are assessed 40% coursework, 60% in class tests (spoken and written)
- All modules are open to postgraduate students but not as credit-bearing options. You are expected to complete assignments and take the tests and will receive an attendance certificate listing your grade on successful completion of the module.
- Registration for next year will begin on 24th September 2012.