Comparative Literature and English & Linguistics in the Classroom - CP659

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2017-18 2018-19
Canterbury Autumn
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6 30 (15) MRS YC Ross


Students' attendance should be no lower than 60% and their overall academic achievement should be within the 2i classification or higher. The Partnership Development Office will provide initial ambassador training together with the course convenor. Students will work in a school, with a nominated teacher, for ten half days during the Autumn Term and will have the opportunity to promote their subject in a variety of ways. The Course Convenor will place students in appropriate schools, either primary or secondary.


This module is exempt from the randomised selection criteria. Students will be selected by their subject grades, attendance record and interview performance. Attending the interview does not guarantee a placement, only successful students will be selected.
Only available to Stage 3 students
Not available as a wild module
Not available to Erasmus or Short Term Students



This module will provide the opportunity for third year undergraduates to gain valuable transferable skills by giving them some first-hand teaching experience in a primary or secondary school classroom. Each student will spend half a day each week for one term in a local school under the supervision of a specific teacher, who will act as a mentor, and decide the tasks and responsibilities of the student. The weekly university sessions and school work will complement each other. Therefore, attendance to university sessions is crucial as it will also give the students the opportunity to discuss aspects related to their weekly placement and receive guidance.

They will observe sessions taught by their designated teacher and possibly other teachers. Initially, for these sessions the students will concentrate on specific aspects of the teachers' tasks, and their approach to teaching a whole class. As they progress, their role will be 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.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Contact hours (initial training and support classes): 22 hours.
Placement supervision by Convenor: 2 hours
Placement time: 40 hours (1 half-day weekly over 10 weeks).
Self-study (Keeping a written journal, completing class observations and class assignments, preparing teaching materials, writing report and preparing oral presentation): 236 hours.
Total hours: 300 hours


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

100% coursework

Preliminary reading

Indicative list
Capel, S.A., Leask, M. and Turner, T. (2012) Learning to Teach in the Secondary School: A Companion to School Experience, London: Routledge
Leibling, M. (2005) The A-Z of Learning: Tips and Techniques for Teachers, New York: Routledge
Nicholls, G. (2004) An Introduction to Teaching a Handbook for Primary and Secondary School Teachers, 2nd. ed., London: RoutledgeFalmer
Adams, A. and Brindley, S. (2007) Teaching Secondary English with ICT, Maidenhead: Open University Press
Evans, C. (2009) Teaching English: Developing as a Reflective Secondary Teacher, London: Sage
Fleming, M. and Stevens, D. (2004) English Teaching in Secondary School: Linking Theory and Practice, 2nd edition, London: David Fulton Publishers
Goodwin, A. (1998) Literary and media texts in secondary English new approaches, London: Cassel
Pike, M.A. (2004) Teaching Secondary English, London: Thousand Oaks

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
11.1 Present language material and subject related ideas concisely and coherently to a variety of audiences.
11.2 Understand the role of literature as a tool to engage students and improve their grasp of their own language or target language.
11.3 Create, put into practice and evaluate a specific idea or project.
11.4 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the needs of different learners in secondary school settings and how a variety of appropriate teaching methods might address these.
11.5 Develop an understanding of the National Curriculum and the role of English and Literature within the Curriculum.
11.6 Acquire knowledge of the organisation within schools and the management of people within them.

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