Accelerated Mode

About the accelerated mode
How to enrol
Moving through the degree
Structure and Timetable (Commencing December 2017)
Delivery modes
Units of Study
Language Levels
Entry Points and pathways

About the accelerated mode:

An accelerated mode in the Diploma of Language Studies is currently offered in the following languages:

  • Chinese
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Spanish

The accelerated mode is designed for students who are currently enrolled in a degree course with no units free for language studies, but nonetheless would like to study a language concurrently. Graduate and postgraduate students are also eligible to enrol for the accelerated mode.

To apply, visit the Diploma of Language Studies course page.

How to enrol

Please note: Applications for accelerated mode close on 1 September 2017 for commencement in the December intensive. If you miss this round, you will either have to wait for the intake the following year or apply for Standard Mode instead. If you miss Level 1 of the language in the December intensive, it is not offered in accelerated format again until the following December.

When your application is successful and you accept your offer, you will be able to enrol via Sydney Student. You will be sent general information and a link to Sydney Student from the Admissions Team.

Once you are logged in to Sydney Student, and have filled in your personal information, you will be asked to nominate a major. As your compulsory major, choose the language that you are studying for the Diploma. Leave the Optional Major field blank.

You will then be redirected to the Unit of Study Selection page.

  • Junior units box: language level 1. Ensure you choose the unit with the correct session (112 - December Intensive). You will not be able to select language level 2 (session 102 - February Intensive) until you re-enrol the following year.
  • Use the Structure and Timetable table below to understand how your diploma will be arranged and when the next unit is offered.
  • If you are commencing in a language level other than beginners (level 1), please consult the table below for the correct session or discuss your situation with the Chair of the relevant department.

Moving through the degree

Date

What you need to do

1 September 2017

Application cut-off

31 October 2017

Enrolment cut-off

Note: You must enrol by this date to commence in the December intensive session. If you miss the cut-off, you will have to wait until the next intake.

 

Once enrolled in your unit you will be contacted by the unit coordinator with your timetable and other important information.

After final exam

  • View your results online. If your results are not available, check with the unit coordinator to see when the results will be finalised. If you have passed the unit, you can proceed to the next level.
  • Seek email approval from the unit coordinator confirming your result then use this to apply for special permission to enrol in the next level.

Note: There could be a very small window between receiving your results, enrolling in the next level and attending your first class. The window can be as little as 1-2 days.

Class start dates, Last Day to Add classes and Census Dates for intensive sessions differ from those for the regular semesters. If you are not correctly enrolled by the time the class is due to commence, get in touch with Faculty Services Portfolio 1 ASAP.

 

Apply for special permission via Sydney Student

How to navigate to "Apply for Special Permission"

  • Access the Sydney Student Portal from MyUni. 
  • Choose the My Studies™ tab;
  • then Your Units of Study™
  • select Other Options.™ The first option on this page will be Apply for Special Permission™. As supporting documentation, upload the permission email you receive (you may need to make it a pdf first).

 

Notify your tutor and Faculty of the special permission you submitted so your tutor can quickly approve it and the Faculty can then process it

 

If classes start while your special permission/enrolment is being processed, seek approval from your tutor to attend class.

 

Check your student email for approval of special permission and check Sydney Student to ensure enrolment has been completed.

 

Once enrolled, your tutor will email your timetable to you so that you can attend classes.

Structure and Timetable (Commencing December Intensive 2017)

Below is the timing for students who will commence the Diploma in the December Intensive 2017 and finish in the February Intensive 2019.

For students starting the Diploma in December Intensive 2017
Schedule 2017 - 2019

Level

Language

UoS

Month/session

Start date

End Date

1

Chinese

CHNS1101

Intensive Dec
S2CIDE
(2017)

 

27 November 2017

15 December 2017

French

FRNC1601

27 November 2017 15 December 2017

Japanese

JPNS1611

4 December 2017 22 December 2017

Korean

KRNS1621

27 November 2017 15 December 2017

Spanish

SPAN1621

27 November 2017 15 December 2017

2

Chinese

CHNS1102

Intensive Feb
S1CIFE
(2018)

5 February 2018

23 February 2018

French

FRNC1602

29 January 2018 16 February 2018

Japanese

JPNS1612

5 February 2018 26 February 2018

Korean

KRNS1622

5 February 2018 21 February 2018

Spanish

SPAN1622

5 February 2018 23 February 2018

Culture unit 1

All

ICLS2111

Mar

Semester 1

3

Chinese

CHNS2601

Intensive Jul
S2CIJL
(2018)

2 July 2018

20 July 2018

French

FRNC2603

25 June 2018 5 August 2018

Japanese

JPNS2611

25 June 2018 5 August 2018

Korean

KRNS2621

25 June 2018 5 August 2018

Spanish

SPAN2611

2 July 2018 20 July 2018

Culture unit 2

Chinese

CHNS3680

Jul

Semester 2

 

French

FRNC2630

Japanese

JPNS3001

Korean

KRNS3670

Spanish

SPAN3680

4

Chinese

CHNS2602

Intensive Dec
S2CIDE
(2018)

26 November 2018

23 December 2018

French

FRNC2604

26 November 2018

23 December 2018

Japanese

JPNS2612

26 November 2018

23 December 2018

Korean

KRNS2622

26 November 2018

23 December 2018

Spanish

SPAN2612

26 November 2018

23 December 2018

5

Chinese

CHNS3601

Intensive Jan
S1CIJA
(2019)

TBA

TBA

French

FRNC3605

TBA

TBA

Japanese

JPNS2621

TBA

TBA

Korean

KRNS3621

TBA

TBA

Spanish

SPAN2613

TBA

TBA

6

Chinese

CHNS3602

Intensive Feb
S1CIFE
(2019)

TBA

TBA

French

FRNC3606

TBA TBA

Japanese

JPNS2622

TBA TBA

Korean

KRNS3622

TBA TBA

Spanish

SPAN2614

TBA TBA

Delivery modes

  1. Intensive: delivery is a mixture of full-time class work and online work (both at home and in class) for 2 or 3 weeks depending on the language. Classes are held 3-5 days per week (depending on the level) and incorporate aspects of Blended Learning i.e. "homework" done in-class and new topics introduced online and studied before class.
  2. Online: delivery is completely online. Students complete study tasks and assessments online over the course of the standard semester.

Units of study

The Diploma of Language Studies is composed of six Language units and two culture units for students commencing as a beginner. Students commencing at higher levels will substitute language classes with additional culture classes. For descriptions of each Unit of Study, see the FASS Undergraduate Handbook.

  1. ICLS2111 Essentials of Language Learning is common to all five languages in the Accelerated mode. It is offered in Semester 1 in an online delivery mode.
  2. One semester-long country-specific Unit of Study is offered in English online, providing common background knowledge on the target country (or region, in the case of Latin America), and specialist content relevant to different disciplines (e.g. health, engineering, business)

Language Levels

Students with all levels of language proficiencies can undertake the Diploma of Language Studies.

  • Beginners - if you have no previous knowledge of the language you must commence at language level 1 in the December intensive.
  • Prior Knowledge – if you have prior knowledge of the language, either through the HSC/IB or other means, you will commence at higher language levels such as level 3 (July Intensive) or level 5 (January Intensive). If you have prior knowledge you will need to be assessed by the Department to ascertain the best language level for you to commence in. Please contact the Chair of the relevant department to organise a language level assessment.

Contacts for assessments

Please visit the relevant page below and contact the Chair of the Department to arrange a language level assessment, if applicable.

Entry Points and pathways

Beginners - Students who commence at language level 1 start with the December Intensive. If this is missed, students may be able to complete the 2 online units during the year (provided they meet the prerequisites) and enrol in the level 1 Intensive the following December.

Intermediate and advanced: students who have been assessed as having a language proficiency that allows you to commence at a higher language level.

  • Students who commence at language level 3 can enrol and complete the semester 1 online unit before commencing the July (level 3) intensive.
  • Students who commence at language level 4 can enrol and complete the semester 1 and semester 2 online units before commencing the December (level 4) intensive.
  • Students who commence at language level 5 can enrol in the current year and complete the semester 1 and/or semester 2 online units, before enrolling in the January (level 5) intensive the following year.

NOTE: students commencing at language levels higher than level 1 will need to include normal delivery units of study and/or in-country/exchange units of study (if available) to complete required 48 credit points for the Diploma.

For more information on pathways contact the School of Languages and Cultures or on (02) 9351 2869.

Learning outcomes

Students commencing at level 1 and completing the Diploma in Accelerated mode will have reached the B2 (independent) level as described in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

B2 level students can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. They can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. They can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and independent disadvantages of various options.