Core courses [75.0]
List of focuses
Students should choose one of the following focuses :
Research Focus [30.0]
The research focus aims to provide students with the opportunity to further their knowledge of their specialist disciplines - language and literature - in a truly comparative manner, thoroughly preparing them to face the growing challenges of a society defined by complex intercultural relations.
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 concerned with preparation for teaching at the higher levels of secondary education. The programme is designed to develop the following skills :
- design, planning and assessment of practice ;
- ability to assess practices and their context ;
- understanding of the educational institution, its setting and players.
Three kinds of activities are involved :
- teaching practice at the higher levels of secondary education (60 hours)
- seminars ;
They are divided into two categories:
- teaching practice, multidisciplinary courses and seminars, common to all subjects. They have the code LAGRE (13 credits);
- subject-based teaching practice, courses and seminars (17 credits).
The teaching focus of the 120 credit Master’s degree includes the training which leads to the qualification for teaching in secondary education (Agrégation de l'enseignement secondaire supérieur – AESS) (300 hours - 30 credits), in accordance with the Decrees of 8 February 2001 and that of 17 December 2003 (concerning the basis of neutrality) relating to the initial training of teachers at the higher levels of secondary education in the French Community in Belgium.
These 30 credits also make up the AESS programme in Languages and Literatures: General which can be taken after a 60 credit or a 120 credit Master’s degree. In practical terms, successful completion of the Master’s degree with the teaching focus leads also to the award of professional status as a secondary education teacher. Assessment of the skills in the AESS programme is spread over the 2 years of the Master’s degree.
Students may if they wish combine this focus with an Erasmus or Mercator exchange which must take place either during the 2nd semester of the first block or the 1st semester of the second block. All courses for the teaching focus must, however, be taken at UCLouvain.
Professional Focus : Languages for Business Communication [30.0]
This focus develops students' business communication skills in two languages (English, Dutch, German, French) and their understanding of the economic, legal, social and political realities of the countries of the languages studied.
Professional Focus: Library Studies (Publishing, Bookselling, Library) [30.0]
Optional courses [15.0]
As part of a well-argued educational plan and with the agreement of the jury (small panel), 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).