Languages in the Classroom - SECL5020

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Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


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 consider a career in HE language teaching by providing them with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of Languages in the primary and secondary school context as well as in HE.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 40
Private Study Hours: 260
Total Study Hours: 300

Method of assessment

Written Assignment 1 (2000 words) (40%)
Written Assignment 2 (2000 words) (40%)
Seminar Delivery (30 minutes) (20%)

Reassessment methods

• Reassessment Instrument: 100% Coursework

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

Barton, A. (2006). Getting the Buggers into Languages. London; New York: Continuum International Pub. Group.
Dudeney, G. (2007). The Internet and the Language Classroom [A Practical Guide for Teachers]. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Lightbown, Patsy M. (2006). How Languages Are Learned. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Pachler, N. and Redondo, A. (Eds.), (2006). Teaching Foreign Languages in the Secondary School - A Practical Guide. London: Routledge.
Willis, D. (2007). Doing Task-based Teaching. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Present subject related ideas and concepts concisely and coherently within a classroom setting;
2 Devise, develop and evaluate a specific idea or project;
3 Understand the importance of professional responsibility and of following professional guidelines;
4 Understand the National Curriculum and the role of Languages within the Curriculum;
5 Display knowledge of the organisation within schools and the management of people within them.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Demonstrate effective communication skills, using a variety of methods, both one to one and with an audience;
2 Demonstrate self-analysis, problem-solving and critical evaluation;
3 Make effective use of IT skills to support and enhance their work;
4 Demonstrate the ability to manage their own learning by working through set material in a systematic manner and adhering to deadlines;
5 Work as part of a team, and at the same time maintain effective working relationships with other members of students.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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