Changes to the University of Sheffield languages teaching
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Changes to the University of Sheffield language teaching have been proposed by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities which would move language teaching to the Modern Languages Teaching Centre which is where non-specialist language courses are taught from outside of the School of Languages and Cultures.
The plan did not originate from members of the School of Languages and Cultures, did not have substantial input from Modern Languages specialists, and is not supported by the vast majority of staff in the School of Languages and Cultures. Students were also not consulted. Under the new proposals, students will have either fewer and/or different types of contact hours. For beginner students, the amount of teaching they get will drop by between a quarter and a half, while classes sizes will - in some cases - double.
We believe this constitutes gross misconduct as they are changing the degree to something we haven't signed up for. Under Consumer Law, our rights state that a University cannot make "sweeping changes to significant aspects of [our] course (such as content, structure or location)".
This simply shows that the University aren't willing to put their students first and aren't thinking about our futures, only about profit. This has caused distress to all students as we feel like we can no longer complete our studies at the University of Sheffield to the level we should and feel that our degree will become meaningless with these changes.
We call for the Faculty to pause the process to engage in proper communications with the School of Modern Languages and Cultures.
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