Diploma of Language

Course summary for local students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Diploma of Language
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Cloud CampusYes
Length

3 years part time

Next available intake

2016: November (Trimester 3)

2017: March (Trimester 1), November (Trimester 3)

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2017$6,349 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2017Not applicable
Faculty contacts

Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Tel 03 5227 1359
artsed@deakin.edu.au

Burwood (Melbourne) 
Tel 03 9246 8100
artsed@deakin.edu.au 

Cloud (online) 
Tel 03 5227 1359
artsed@deakin.edu.au  

LevelUndergraduate
Deakin course code A225
Approval statusThis course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognitionThe award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 5.

Note: A major sequence in Chinese is not available via Cloud (online).

Course overview

Whether you’re brushing up or starting from scratch with a whole new language, Deakin’s Diploma of Language is designed to sharpen your language skills and deepen your cultural understanding. It’s a great complement to your studies in any discipline, plus you’ll gain a global perspective and boost your employability.

You’ll gain fluency by developing skills in grammar, vocabulary and sentence structure through participation in activities across a range of topics. You’ll also get the chance to learn about various cultural, sociolinguistic and sociocultural considerations relevant to the language that you choose to study.

The rise of a global economy means that graduates with language qualifications are highly sought-after. We offer studies in Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian and Spanish - all of which play an important role in global diplomacy, defence, security, commerce and trade-related fields.

A diploma in languages will give you a competitive advantage for roles in business, diplomacy, foreign policy and international development. You’ll graduate with competency in your language of choice and ready for a range of local and international careers.

Optional in-country study programs mean you can also immerse yourself in international cultures, practicing the language with native speakers in its natural environment. The six-week study programs are held in Oman (Arabic), China (Chinese), and Indonesia (Indonesian), giving you the chance to develop practical language skills and to learn about the culture and way of life in your host country.

Fees and charges

The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

Learn more about fees and available payment options.

Career opportunities

This course will allow you to work in business or trade, health or education, IT or engineering, diplomacy or security, arts or sciences. A Diploma of Language will equip you with skills in another language and familiarity with another culture. This will not only give you an edge in terms of your personal qualities but will also expand your options for employment far beyond Australian shores to exciting and challenging positions in the Arab Gulf States, the Middle East and North Africa; China, Taiwan and Hong Kong; or Malaysia and Indonesia.

For more information go to My Course My Career

Course Learning Outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

Acquire theoretical, technical knowledge of the language system (pronunciation, grammar, syntax, and sociolinguistic practices) in one of Indonesian, Chinese, Arabic or Spanish and apply this knowledge in a range of contexts to undertake paraprofessional work and as a pathway for further learning

Communication

Communicate effectively and naturally in a range of daily and professional/academic contexts both orally and in writing using appropriate grammar, syntax, pronunciation and sociolinguistic practices in the language of study

Digital literacy

Use online technologies and new media for communication and immersion in authentic material in the language of study as well as for autonomous language study

Critical thinking

Analyze and evaluate information relating to and expressed in the language of study to support effective and natural language use

Problem solving

Use individual initiative to identify linguistic and sociolinguistic problems and apply knowledge of the systems of the language of study to develop personal strategies for solving problems in communication and cultural interpretation

Self-management

Demonstrate autonomy, responsibility, and commitment to enhancing mastery of the language of study

Teamwork

Work and study collaboratively with other language students and also native speakers of the language of study

Global citizenship

Understand and analyse issues related to the societies that use the language of study in the domestic, regional, and global context

Approved by Faculty Board May 2014

 

Course rules

To qualify for the award of Diploma of Language, a student must successfully complete 8 credit points from the specified list of units below.

Course structure

Course Map

Course map 

Arabic

Arabic major sequence for students with no prior language study.

Level 1

AIB151Arabic 1A

AIB152Arabic 1B

Level 2

AIB251Arabic 2A

AIB252Arabic 2B

Note: AIB251 and AIB252 can be replaced by the trimester 3 unit AIB205 Second Level Arabic In-Country.

Level 3

AIB351Arabic 3A (2 credit points)

AIB352Arabic 3B (2 credit points)

Note: AIB351 or AIB352 can be replaced by the trimester 3 unit AIB306 Third Level Arabic In-Country.

The Arabic major sequence for students who have completed Arabic at Level 12 or equivalent begins at second level and consists of the following units:

Level 1

AIB251Arabic 2A

AIB252Arabic 2B

Note: AIB251 and AIB252 can be replaced by the trimester 3 unit AIB205 Second Level Arabic In-Country.

Level 2

AIB351Arabic 3A (2 credit points)

AIB352Arabic 3B (2 credit points)

Note: AIB351 or AIB352 can be replaced by the trimester 3 unit AIB306 Third Level Arabic In-Country.

AIB205Second Year Arabic In-Country (2 credit points)

AIB306Third Year Arabic In-Country (2 credit points)

Note: AIB205 and AIB306 are offered in alternating years 2018, 2020

Level 3

AIB309Advanced Arabic Language Skills

AIB310Introduction to Translation Skills

 

Chinese

Note: A major in Chinese is not available in Cloud (online) mode

Chinese major sequence for students with no prior language study.

Level 1

AIC181Chinese 1A

AIC182Chinese 1B

Level 2

AIC281Chinese 2A

AIC282Chinese 2B

Level 3

AIC381Chinese 3A

AIC382Chinese 3B

The Chinese major sequence for students who have completed Chinese at level 12 or equivalent (non-background speakers) begins at second level and consists of the following units:

Level 1

AIC281Chinese 2A

AIC282Chinese 2B

Level 2

AIC381Chinese 3A (2 credit points)

AIC382Chinese 3B (2 credit points)

Post-level 12 students who are not background speakers must complete this major sequence by undertaking 2 credit points from the following units:

AIC385Chinese for Business Purposes A

AIC386Chinese for Business Purposes B

AIC287Intensive Chinese In-Country A (2 credit points) (may replace 2 level 2 units)

AIC388Intensive Chinese In-Country B (2 credit points) (may replace 2 level 3 units)

Chinese major sequence at advanced level for background speakers only.

Level 1

AIC283Chinese 2C

AIC284Chinese 2D

Level 2

AIC383Chinese 3C (2 credit points)

AIC384Chinese 3D (2 credit points)

Level 3

Advanced speakers must complete this major sequence by undertaking 2 credit points from the following units:

AIC387Advanced Chinese for Business Purposes C

AIC389Advanced Chinese for Business Purposes D

AIC390Advanced Intensive Chinese In-Country (2 credit points)

 

Indonesian

Indonesian major sequence for students with no prior language study.

Level 1

AIF146The Language, Culture and People of Indonesia

AIF142Conversational Indonesian B

AIF145Conversational Indonesian (2 credit points)*

* AIF145 (Trimester 3 unit) can replace units AIF146 and AIF142 in the major. It cannot be studied in conjunction with either AIF146 or AIF142.

* AIF145 not available to students who are waiting on an offer from VTAC for the current year.

Level 2

AIF241Formal and Informal Indonesian A

AIF242Formal and Informal Indonesian B

Level 3

AIF341Professional and Academic Indonesian A (2 credit points)

AIF342Professional and Academic Indonesian B (2 credit points)
  

Note: Approved Study Abroad may replace either AIF341 or AIF342

The Indonesian major sequence for students who have completed Indonesian at level 12 or equivalent (non-background speakers) begins at second level and consists of the following units:

Level 1

AIF241Formal and Informal Indonesian A

AIF242Formal and Informal Indonesian B

Level 2

AIF341Professional and Academic Indonesian A (2 credit points)

AIF342Professional and Academic Indonesian B (2 credit points)
 

Level 3

AIF345Indonesian for Business Purposes *

OR

AIF321Contemporary Issues in Indonesia **

AIF354History and Development of the Indonesian Language *

OR

AIF320Indonesian Society Through Literature **
 

Indonesian major sequence for students at advanced level for background speakers only.

Level 1

AIF341Professional and Academic Indonesian A (2 credit points)

AIF342Professional and Academic Indonesian B (2 credit points)

Levels 2 & 3

AIF320Indonesian Society Through Literature **

AIF321Contemporary Issues in Indonesia **

AIF345Indonesian for Business Purposes *

AIF354History and Development of the Indonesian Language *
 

* AIF345, AIF354 offered in alternate years: offered 2018, 2020 and each year in Trimester 3 Cloud (online)

** AIF320, AIF321 offered in alternate years: offered 2017, 2019

Note: Approved Study Abroad may replace either AIF341 or AIF342

 

Spanish

Spanish major sequence for students with no prior language study.

Level 1

ALS100Spanish 1A

ALS150Spanish 1B

Level 2

ALS200Spanish 2A

ALS225Introduction to the Spanish-Speaking World

ALS250Spanish 2B

Level 3

ALS300Intermediate Spanish 3A

ALS325Cultures of Resistance in the Spanish - Speaking World

ALS350Advanced Spanish 3B

 

The Spanish major sequence for students who have completed Spanish at level 12 or equivalent (non-background speakers) begins at second level and consists of the following units:

Level 1

ALS200Spanish 2A

ALS225Introduction to the Spanish-Speaking World

ALS250Spanish 2B

Level 2

ALS300Intermediate Spanish 3A

ALS325Cultures of Resistance in the Spanish - Speaking World

ALS350Advanced Spanish 3B

Level 3

ALS360Selected Topics in Spanish (Commencing 2017)

ALS370Advanced Topics in Spanish (Commencing 2017)

 

Entry requirements - general

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

Entry requirements - specific

Applicants should have successfully completed VCE, or equivalent, including Units 3 and 4–a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in English other than EAL.

Credit for prior learning - general

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

How to apply

Trimester 3 – start studying in November 2016

Check our Trimester 3 webpage to see if this course is accepting applications for this study period and to Apply.

Trimester 1 – start studying in March 2017

Applications for this course can be made directly through our Applicant Portal.

For more information on the application process, visit our Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.