Languages in the Classroom - SCL502

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2018-19
Canterbury Spring
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6 30 (15) DR W Fiorucci


This module requires a selection process and the maximum number of students to take the module is 12.

In order for students to be shortlisted for an interview, their data should evidence that they have an attendance record no lower than 60%, but preferably higher. Similarly, their overall academic achievement should be within the 2(i) classification or higher. In addition, marks for key subjects in their corresponding programme of study should be within the 2(i) 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. Students can also find their own placements, however these have to be approved by the Course Convenor who will formalise the placements with the schools.





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 Languages 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.


This module appears in:

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.

Method of assessment

• Online journal (3,000 words) – 15%
• Report (1,500 words) and Portfolio – 85%

Indicative 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.


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 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 Languages within the Curriculum;
8.5 Display knowledge of the organisation within schools and the management of people within them.

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