Core courses [75.0]
List of focuses
The student chooses one of the following focuses:
Research Focus [30.0]
This focus involves advanced study of the literature and/or the linguistics of the two languages studied. The classes and seminars are on special issues in linguistics or literature and offer training in research. Your focus programme should be linked to your dissertation.30 credits chosen according to the student's individual project :
Teaching Focus [30.0]
IMPORTANT NOTE: In accordance with article 138 para. 4 of the decree of 7 November 2013 concerning higher education and the academic organisation of studies, teaching practice placements will not be assessed in the September session. Students are required to make every effort to successfully complete the teaching practice in the June session, subject to having to retake the year.
The teaching focus is centred on preparation for teaching the upper years in secondary education.
The programme is designed to develop the following skills:
- design, planning and assessment of practices;
- examination of practices and their context;
- understanding the institution of school, its framework and the major players.
There are three main types of activity:
- periods of teaching practice in upper secondary education (60 hours);
- formal lectures.
They are divided into two main categories:
- teaching practice, classes and multidisciplinary seminars, common to all disciplines. They have the LAGRE course code (13 credits);
- teaching practice, classes and multidisciplinary seminars, relating to the relevant discipline(s) (17 credits).
The teaching focus of the 120 Masters’ degrees includes training for the teacher training certificate in upper secondary education (Agrégation de l’enseignement secondaire supérieur – AESS), (300 hours – 30 credits), with reference to the Decrees of 8 February 2001 and 17 December 2003 (concerning the foundations of neutrality) relating to the initial training of teachers in secondary education in the French-speaking Community of Belgium.
The 30 credits also form the AESS programme in Germanic languages and letters which can be taken after a 60 or a 120 Master’s degree.
In practical terms, satisfactory completion of the Master’s degree with a teaching focus leads to the award of professional status as a qualified teacher in addition to the Master’s degree with a teaching focus. Assessment of the AESS programme is spread over the 2 blocks of the Master’s course.
Students are therefore strongly recommended to do their utmost to pass in the June period as they will otherwise have to retake their year of study.
Professional Focus : Languages for Business Communication [30.0]
This professional focus enables students to develop their business communication skills in two Germanic languages (English, Dutch or German) in addition to understanding current economic, legal, social and political issues of the relevant country.
Optional courses [15.0]
As part of a well-argued educational plan and with the agreement of the select committee, students may choose other courses (max. 15 credits) from the Master's programmes run by the Faculty or the University. Students must check with the course instructor that they may take the course(s) in question. Their choice may include courses in the optional module in digital humanities and ethics and in genre studies.
Note: If certain courses in the "optional course" category are also available in the core curriculum, in a research focus or in another option, no more than 6 credits may be taken from each.
Preparatory Module (only for students who qualify for the course via complementary coursework)To access this Master, students must have a good command of certain subjects. If this is not the case, they must add supplementary classes at the beginning of their Master’s programme in order to obtain the prerequisites for these studies.
What is a preparatory module?
It is a set of supplementary classes (courses, practical works, seminars, etc.) from the first cycle (see the non-exhaustive list below). The complementary module (maximum 60 credits) is tailor-made by the jury according to the student's educational background and added to the Master’s programme in order to acquire fundamental knowledge to then pursue the 120 credits of the Master’s programme.
Who is it for?
- Students from a non-university higher education institution
- Candidates admitted with additional training
- Candidates admitted on the file with additional training
All the explanations are in this document (in French).