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 Comparative Literature and English Language & Linguistics 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.
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
Indicative Reading 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)
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
8.1 Present subject related ideas and concepts concisely and coherently within a classroom setting;
8.2 Devise, develop and evaluate a specific idea or project;
8.3 Understand the importance of professional responsibility and of following professional guidelines;
8.4 Understand the National Curriculum and the role of Comparative Literature and English Language & Linguistics within the Curriculum;
8.5 Display knowledge of the organisation within schools and the management of people within them.
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