Classical Studies and Ancient History in the Classroom - CLAS7310

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2021 to 2022
Spring Term 6 30 (15) Anne Alwis checkmark-circle


This module is aimed at those students who would like to follow a career as Primary or Secondary School teachers, but is also suitable to those who would like to combine an academic course with work experience. Placements in a school environment will enhance the students' employment opportunities as they will acquire a range of skills. It will also provide students with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of Classical Studies and Ancient History in the primary or secondary school context. The university sessions and weekly school-work will complement each other. At the university sessions students will benefit from the opportunity to discuss aspects related to their weekly placement and receive guidance.

Students will spend one half-day per week for ten weeks in a school where each student will have a designated teacher-mentor who will guide their work in school. They will observe sessions taught by their designated teacher and possibly other teachers. Initially, for these sessions students will concentrate on specific aspects of the teachers' tasks, and their approach to teaching a whole class. As they progress, it is expected that their role will be, to some extent, as teaching assistants, by helping individual pupils who are having difficulties or by working with small groups. They may teach brief or whole sessions with the whole class or with a small group of students where they explain a topic related to the school syllabus. They may also talk about aspects of University life. They must keep a weekly journal reflecting on their activities at their designated school.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 28
Total Placement Hours: 40
Private Study Hours: 232
Total Study Hours: 300




Some travel may be required by students taking this module.
In this instance, it should be noted that the University is unable to cover the cost of any such journey.

Method of assessment

• Essay (2,000 words) – 25%
• Report (3,000 words) – 50%
• Portfolio (selection of class assignments and teaching materials) – 25%

Indicative reading

Indicative reading list:

Capel, S. (2010) Getting the Buggers to Behave. New York: Continuum.
Capel, S. (2009) Learning to Teach in the Secondary School. London: Routledge.
Rogers, B. (2011) Classroom Behaviour: A Practical Guide to Effective Teaching, Behaviour Management and Colleague Support. London: Sage.
Willis, D. (2007) Doing task-based teaching. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an ability to present subject-related material in a coherent manner to a variety of audiences;
2. Implement and evaluate a specific idea or project in a classroom situation;
3. Understand the place of Classical Studies and Ancient History in education;
4. Demonstrate the ability to develop (and reflect on) practical teaching skills.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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