Changes to the University of Sheffield languages teaching

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Hank Smith
3 weeks ago
I think the students should be consulted on this.

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Martin Downs
Jun 28, 2021
Unbelievable that a Russell Group university is downgrading a degree from Near native fluency ( SLC aim) to just speaking the language (MLTC). We had a choice between Cambridge, Durham, Birmingham & Nottingham but chose Sheffield after going on all open days - we regret this now and feel totally let down as this change is not what we signed up for. As usual its about money - big problem is this country desperately needs fluent language speakers and this change simply compounds the problem

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Natalie King
Jun 26, 2021
As a Sheffield SLC graduate I’m very concerned by the changes being proposed. I took a French course through the MLTC during my degree and, respectfully, the SLC programmes offer a much richer learning experience. The culture, history and politics-focused modules available to SLC students are just as crucial as the language skills and I’d hate to see that diminished. In the current political climate, I’d hope to see my university reiterating the importance of engaging with other cultures, not undermining it.

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Rosemary North
Jun 21, 2021
As a language graduate, I was dismayed recently to hear of the decline in students studying modern languages. It is important to have centres of excellence so that future generations learn about other languages and cultures in a global world. This country can only have influence on the world stage if it has specialists in the languages and cultures of other countries.

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Ro Willoughby
Jun 20, 2021
...if modern languages are not taught and studied at a higher level, the quality of teaching modern languages in schools will slide into disrepair.

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Mark Willoughby
Jun 20, 2021
I strongly oppose any attempts to dilute and substantially change the curriculum of any course, especially when it is so actively opposed by the students and teaching staff alike. It's an undemocratic and regressive action which will disadvantage and detriment students, at a time when, more than ever, they and their departments require support and security in their studies. Unfortunately it's another example of the marketisation of higher education which puts profit above people.

Signed: Mark Willoughby, Students' Union president, 2007-08

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Lucy HUTCHESON-LOVETT
Jun 20, 2021
As a BAML graduate from the University of Sheffield who took Italian classes at the MLTC, I am very disappointed by this decision - although sadly not surprised as it perfectly aligns with the university's recent history of downgrading facilities and funding for the humanities and foreign languages in particular. Sadly, this trend is rife in education all over the UK, at all levels (see how languages departments are suffering in sixth form colleges). I hugely enjoyed my Italian classes at the MLTC but they were in no way comparable to my "main" degree course at SLC (then known as SOMLAL). My French and Spanish courses included modules on literature, history and politics. Students don't just come to university to learn a language - they come for the cultural knowledge as well, which is intensely valuable but currently highly underappreciated in the UK. Enacting this change would be robbing current and future students of a vital part of their languages degree.

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hind elhag
Jun 19, 2021
it's important

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Hazel Mosley
Jun 12, 2021
Sheffield University has lost the plot with these "reforms". If it wants to retain its reputation it would do well to listen to the advice of the subject experts

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Sam Marsh
Jun 12, 2021
This decision can only be understood in terms of cost-cutting and cold-hearted profit-seeking. I have heard no-one speak up for these changes on educational grounds. The Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Sheffield is being hollowed out under the current leadership of the university in way that will take decades to under and put back. Those responsible will be gone in 5/10 years or less, but their destructive legacy will remain. These plans need to be halted for the good of the university.