DVD-ROM, books and a study guide. There is also a dedicated website. As a registered language student you have access to an online forum on the module website where you can communicate with fellow students.
You will need
You will need a headset with a microphone and headphones to record speech in activities featured on the DVD-ROMs as well as for use with the real time audio-visual conferencing tool and to take part in the online tutorials and speaking test at the end of the module. You will also need a DVD player or DVD drive on your computer to play the DVD-video.
You will need a computer with internet access to study this module as the study materials and activities are accessible via a web browser. Any other computer-based activities you will need to carry out, such as word processing, using spreadsheets, taking part in online forums, and submitting files to the university for assessment, are specified in the module materials. If any additional software is needed for these tasks it will either be provided or is freely available. For this module you will also need to install software provided by the OU on a disk or USB stick.
We recommend one of the following:
Windows desktop or laptop computer running Windows 7 or later operating system
Macintosh desktop or laptop computer running OS X 10.7 or later operating system
modern Linux desktop or laptop computer.
A netbook, tablet or other mobile device that supports one of the browsers listed below may be suitable. The screen size should be at least 1024 (H) x 768 (W) pixels. If you intend to use one of these devices please ensure you have access to a suitable desktop or laptop computer in case you are unable to carry out all the module activities because some software will not run on iOS or Android devices.
We recommend a minimum 1 Mbps internet connection and any of the following browsers for carrying out web-based activities:
Internet Explorer 9 and above
Apple Safari 7 and above
Google Chrome 31 and above
Mozilla Firefox 31 and above.
Note: using the latest version for your browser will maximise security when accessing the internet. Using company or library computers may prevent you accessing some internet materials or installing additional software.
To be able to talk and listen in our online discussions you will need both a microphone and speakers/headphones.
See our Skills for OU study website for further information about computing skills for study and educational deals for buying Microsoft Office software.
If you have a disability
Please note that this module makes substantial use of audio and visual materials, including the written and spoken elements you will be asked to complete as part of your assessment. Transcripts of the audio-visual materials are provided, except for those used for assessment purposes. Students who require a transcript for their assessment because of their disability are able to apply in advance for restricted access to these but will have to provide evidence of their needs. Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) versions of printed material are available. Some Adobe PDF components may not be available or fully accessible using a screen reader and scientific and foreign language materials may be particularly difficult to read in this way. Other alternative formats of the study materials may be available in the future.
You’ll need to make extensive use of a personal computer and will need to access the website on a regular basis. You will also be offered tutorials via an online conferencing system.
If you have particular study requirements please tell us as soon as possible, as some of our support services may take several weeks to arrange. Find out more about our services for disabled students.