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The newly formed Linguistics and Modern Languages subject area at University of Huddersfield sought to revamp our curriculum to embed employability into our teaching so that students could understand the relevance of their subject to life outside and after university. To this end, we decided to adapt and specialise the generic placement module that was compulsory in the School of Music, Humanities and Media for our particular students to service their specific needs and linguistic skillset. The result is an innovative second year placement module called Language in the Workplace. With the help of funding from the Higher Education Academy (HEA), we carried out a research project to ensure our placement module is as effective as possible. This involved assessing our students' employability skills and needs, gathering the opinions of placement providers and employers, and putting together case studies on our graduates' employment experience. A short list of references and links is included. [For the complete volume, "Employability for Languages: A Handbook," see ED566902.]

Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Case Studies, Employment Potential, Modern Languages, Departments, Linguistics, Educational Change, Curriculum, Educational Innovation, Work Experience, Graduates, Foreign Countries, Electronic Publishing, Student Placement, Pilot Projects, Program Descriptions, Computer Mediated Communication, Universities La Grange des Noyes, 25110 Voillans, France. e-mail: info[at]; Web site:

Autor: Lugea, Jane


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