Application Information

Am I eligible to study with the MLTC?


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MLTC general language courses are open to all learners: undergraduates and postgraduates taking the module for credits or not, members of staff of the University, and members of the public above 16 years of age.

Specialist courses such as Tandem, Project and Year Abroad modules are usually restricted to undergraduates taking these modules for credits, sometimes as part of a STEM degree ‘with a language’ or ‘with study in Europe’ only.

Please check individual module descriptions to see if you are entitled to take a module.

What are the dates of the next teaching session? 

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All courses run for one semester, either between October and January ('Autumn' semester) or between February and June ('Spring' semester), usually for 11 to 12 weeks per semester. Semester dates for the current academic year can be found on the Timetables page.

If you have to take the formal, summative assessment or opted to take it, please note that some examinations take place at the end of the semester outside the teaching period and at different times from your normal classes. Examination dates are usually published one month before the start of the examination period by the Examination Office.

For each module, the exact number of teaching weeks can be found in the module description and on the Timetables page.

How will I know which course is right for me and when/where it takes place?


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The level you should choose will depend on the previous learning experience of the language which you may have gained, if you have any, either through formal classes or/and informally by teaching yourself or interacting with speakers of that language.

This previous learning experience is summarised in the ‘Entry requirements’ on each language page or in the ‘Pre-requisites’ of individual module descriptions, but other factors may have to be taken into account, such as how long ago you gained a qualification, or whether your spoken and written skills are at the same level. We will check with you which level is most appropriate for you before you enrol and, if necessary, a Language Co-ordinator will interview you briefly.

The learning curve on MLTC courses is progressive and activities done in class in the first couple of weeks are intended to revive any previous learning of the language that you may have. If you feel that you are not up to the level of the course or find it too easy after the first two weeks, you should speak to your course tutor who will consider whether it is appropriate for you to move to another level. However, please note that you will not be able to change courses after the third week of teaching and that any change is subject to a place being available in the other course. If a place is not available in another level, you will be permitted to drop the module or to cancel your enrolment and request a full refund by the end of the third week of teaching.

Under which scheme should I enrol? 

Enrolment Procedure

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The enrolment scheme, fee, and procedure varies depending on who you are and, for current University of Sheffield students, on whether you wish to take the course for credits or not. Please click on the type of student you are from the options below and read the relevant information carefully. Please ensure you also read the information regarding the minimum attendance & coursework requirements and the cancellation policy. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.


Enrolment options

Undergraduate students (e.g. BA, BSc, BEng)

Undergraduate students have 3 enrolment options:

1. As a not-for-credit, Languages for All Self-Funded student (All students may use this option)

  • The MLTC module will NOT

              ►Be included in the 120 credits that form your degree.
              ►Count towards your overall end-of-year result.
              ►Affect your ability to progress to the next year of your degree/graduate.

2. For credits (Not all students may use this option)

  • Your main degree programme MUST include some unrestricted credits (please ask your home department)
  • The MLTC module WILL

              ►Be included in the 120 credits that form your degree.
              ►Count towards your overall end-of-year result.
              ►Affect your ability to progress to the next year of your degree/graduate.

  • All our modules are worth 10 credits per semester, except Italian accelerated modules which are worth 20 credits per semester, and can be taken at level 1 (F4), 2 (F5), 3 (F6) or 4 (F7).

3. As a not-for-credit, Languages for All Fee-Waiver student (Not all students may use this option)

  • Your main degree programme must NOT include any unrestricted credits
  • The MLTC module will NOT

              ►Be included in the 120 credits that form your degree.
              ►Count towards your overall mark for the year.
              ►Affect your ability to progress to the next year of your degree/graduate.

To check if you are eligible for option 3, please view the Languages for All Fee Waiver Eligibility Criteria and the Languages for All Eligibility Flowchart

IMPORTANT NOTE: If your main degree programme includes just 10 unrestricted credits, you are allowed to enrol under option 2 in the first semester and continue with the same language under option 3 in the second semester.

Postgraduate Taught (PGT) students (i.e. Masters)

PGT students have 2 enrolment options:

1. As a not-for-credit, self-funded student (All students may use this option)

  • The MLTC module will NOT

              ►Be included in the 180 credits that form your degree.
              ►Count towards your overall mark for the year.
              ►Affect your ability to progress to the next year of your degree/graduate.

2. For credits (Not all students may use this option)

  • Your Masters programme MUST include some unrestricted credits.
  • The MLTC module WILL:

              ►Be included in the 180 credits that form your degree.
              ►Count towards your overall mark for the year.
              ►Affect your ability to progress to the next year of your degree/graduate.

  • As MLTC modules are 10 or 20 credits each, PGT students taking language modules MUST also enrol on the 5-credit module MLDL6061 Enhanced Languages Project in the Autumn semester and/or the 5-credit module MDL6062 Enhanced Languages Project in the Spring semester. Further information regarding these modules may be found in the Directory of Modules
Postgraduate Research (PGR) students (i.e. PhD)

PGR students have 2 enrolment options:

1. As part of the Doctoral Development Programme (DDP)

  • The MLTC module will be included in your DDP portfolio.
  • The language must be relevant to your doctoral research and/or future career development.
  • Your supervisor must consent to your taking the module as part of the DDP (The MLTC will contact your supervisor directly, but you should speak to your supervisor before applying).
  • Minimum attendance and coursework requirements apply: See:- Will there be any attendance requirements?

2. As a self-funded student

Members of the public & University of Sheffield staff

Members of the general public and University of Sheffield members of staff may enrol on MLTC modules for a fee. Please see our fees section, enrolment procedure, and cancellation policy.

Please note that the registration process is completed online. If you experience any problems in completing your registration, please use the buttons below for guidance notes to help you navigate through the process. 

Members of Staff

Members of Public

Will I be charged fees? 

Fees

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Fees apply to members of public and internal self-funders.

Where applicable, fees for the academic year 2017-18 are as follows:


 

10-credit course 20-credit course
1 semester £220  £395
2 semesters  £395   £750


Important Notes:
• Our Italian Accelerated modules are worth 20 credits per semester. All other MLTC modules are worth 10 credits per semester.
• Fees include continuous formative assessment (i.e. homework assignments) and summative assessment at the end of the semester (i.e. examinations), and entitle you to receiving an MLTC Certificate of Attendance or Completion upon request.
• Two-semester course enrolment: This fee is only available when enrolling in the Autumn for two semesters. Learners who enrolled for one semester only in the Autumn and wish to continue the course in the Spring semester will need to pay the ‘one semester course’ fee when enrolling in the Spring.

When and how can I enrol?

Applications for Spring 2017/18 will open on 2nd January 2018.


MLTC General Language modules are open to all: students of the University of Sheffield, members of staff of the University, and members of the public above 16 years of age.

Entry restrictions may apply for other MLTC modules (e.g. Tandem, Project, Year Abroad modules, etc.). Please check restrictions on the language-specific page in the left-hand side 'Courses' sub-menu and contact the relevant Language Co-ordinator (See 'Staff') if unsure.

All students may enrol online. In the Autumn, enrolment can be done for one semester only, or for both semesters.

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Will I be able to change my class/group/course if the level or times are not right for me? If you need to change the group(s) you are enrolled on you can do so until the end of week 3 by completing this form:

Group Change Request

Please note that we do not accept any requests to change groups after this period unless you have exceptional circumstances (evidence required). Any requests after the end of week 3 will need to be emailed to mltc@sheffield.ac.uk with a brief explanation and attached evidence.

Will I be able to cancel or modify my enrolment/registration?

Cancellation, Modification, and Refund Policy

The cancellation policy depends on the type of student you are:

Policy A
Policy A applies to:

►Students taking modules for credits
►Students who receive a fee waiver under the Languages for All scheme or the Doctoral Development Programme

Students who wish to cancel their semester one enrolment on an MLTC course must notify us by completing this form no later than 5PM, FRIDAY 13TH OCTOBER 2017. 

It is not possible to drop the module after this deadline, unless:

Extenuating circumstances apply, which can be evidenced
AND no more than three teaching weeks were attended

Students who enrol for both semesters, or semester two only, can cancel their semester two registration until 5PM, FRIDAY 23rd FEBRUARY 2018 by completing this form. It is not possible to drop the module after this deadline.

Policy B
Policy B applies to:

►University of Sheffield students who pay an MLTC course fee
►Members of the public
►Members of staff

Students who wish to cancel their semester one enrolment on an MLTC course must notify us by completing this form no later than 5PM, FRIDAY 13TH OCTOBER 2017 . Cancellations made before the deadline will result in a refund of the course fee, minus an administrative charge of £50.00.
Refunds will not be given after this deadline, unless:

Extenuating circumstances apply, which can be evidenced
AND no more than three teaching weeks were attended

Students who enrol for both semesters, or semester two only, can cancel their semester two registration until 5PM, FRIDAY 26th JANUARY 2018 by completing this form. The refund will be equal to the two-semester fee minus the one-semester fee. 

Cancellations made between 5PM, FRIDAY 26TH JANUARY 2018 and 5PM, FRIDAY 23rd FEBRUARY 2018 will incur an administrative charge of £50.00. Refunds will not be given after 23rd February 2018.

Will there be any attendance or assessment requirements? 

Attendance & coursework requirements

University of Sheffield students who receive a fee waiver under the Languages for All scheme or the Doctoral Development Programme must:

  • Attend a minimum of 70% of classes
  • Complete all formative assessment (i.e., two pieces of essential and an independent study record)

Students who fail to meet these criteria will:

  • Not get HEAR or DDP recognition
  • Be prevented from availing of a fee waiver in the future (i.e., would have to pay the course fee for any future language enrolments)

Students who pay an MLTC course fee will be allowed to continue studying a language regardless of attendance but must meet the same criteria as students in receipt of fee waivers should they want to obtain an MLTC certificate of attendance or HEAR recognition. Note that HEAR applies to University of Sheffield undergraduate students only.

Will I get the certificate at the end of the course? 

MLTC Certificates

The MLTC Certificate of Attendance is available to all students who meet attendance requirements. It provides the level of the course in relation to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and states that you attended the course regularly.
The MLTC Certificate of Completion is available to all students who are enrolled on the course on an assessed basis. It provides the level of the course in relation to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and states what your final module mark was.
To receive an MLTC Certificate of Attendance or Completion, you will need to apply online by 15th July of the same academic year at the latest. Please note that certificate request are processed twice a year only, in March and August.

Help!

 Where can I get help in relation to my course?


For all administrative issues, please contact the MLTC Support Office at mltc@sheffield.ac.uk.

For all academic issues, please contact your Module Tutor first, or alternatively, the Module Leader or the Language Co-ordinator. Their contact details, including their consultation hours during term times, can be found on the Staff and Contacts page.