Languages in the Classroom - SCL502

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2018-19 2019-20
Canterbury Spring
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6 30 (15) MRS YC Ross

Pre-requisites

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 together with the course convenor will provide initial ambassador training. Students will work in a school, with a nominated teacher, for ten half days during the Spring 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.

Restrictions

There is no open registration as this module requires a selection process and an interview

This module is not available as a wild module
This module is not available to Erasmus/ Short-term students

2018-19

Overview

The student will spend one half-day per week for ten weeks in a school. Students will work in a school, with a nominated teacher, for ten half days during the Spring 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. They will observe sessions taught by their designated teacher and possibly other teachers. They will act to some extent in the role of a teaching assistant, by helping individual pupils who are having difficulties or by working with small groups. They may take 'hotspots': brief sessions with the whole class where they explain a language topic or talk about aspects of University life. They must keep a weekly journal reflecting on their activities at their designated school. The university sessions and weekly 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.

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.

Details

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Contact hours

Total contact hours for the module: 28 hours

In the University, two-hour sessions per week will provide the students with the necessary theoretical framework that will complement the practical experience

Availability

Module available to all language degree students from SECL, Single or Joint Honours. There is no open registration as this module requires a selection process.

Cost

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 Reading List

Barton, A. Getting the buggers into languages. London; New York: Continuum International Pub. Group, 2006.
Department for Education and Skills, Key Stage 3 National Strategy. Framework for teaching modern foreign languages: Years 7, 8 and 9. London: HMSO, 2003.
Dudeney, G. The Internet and the language classroom [a practical guide for teachers]. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), 2007.
Lightbown, Patsy M. How languages are learned. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006.
Pachler, N. and Redondo, A. (Eds.), Teaching foreign languages in the secondary school - a practical guide. London: Routledge, 2006.
Willis, D. Doing task-based teaching. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.

Websites:
http://www.education.gov.uk/
http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/teachingandlearning/curriculum/secondary

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:

8.1 Explain language related material and subject related ideas concisely and coherently to a variety of language classes;
8.2 Implement and evaluate a specific idea or project for educational purposes;
8.3 Demonstrate the ability to develop (and reflect on) practical teaching skills;
8.4 Understand the National Curriculum and the role of languages within it;
8.5 Demonstrate knowledge of the organisation within schools and the management of people within them.

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