Module Catalogue 2019/20

SML4003 : Communicating and Teaching Languages for Undergraduate Ambassadors

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Sandra Salin
  • Lecturer: Professor Rene Koglbauer
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

Students must have achieved an Upper Second performance at Stage 2 in the language(s) they intend to teach in their placement school. All students must offer one of the following European languages: French, German, Spanish.

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment

N/A

Aims

This module has been calqued on the Career Development Module (NCL3007) developed by the Careers Service. In accordance with the Career Development Module, the overarching aim is “To develop students who can independently self-manage, proactively interact and ethically apply their knowledge and skills in a work-related context.” Specifically, this module gives students an opportunity to observe and gain experience of teaching languages in the school classroom. The partnership between SML and local schools fosters and stimulates the uptake of languages in local schools and the recruitment of students into the teaching profession.

Outline Of Syllabus

Lectures on:
•       national language learning policy
•       child protection
•       organising a placement with schools
•       language learning & the role of the Student Ambassador
•       reflective practice
•       how to give effective presentations
•       essay writing to demonstrate effective practice

Seminars on:
•       making the case for modern languages in a school context
•       conducting an interview with the Head Teacher or their deputy on the position of modern languages in their school
•       presentations, classroom resources & classroom management
•       effective report writing
•       feedback from Semester 1 assessment
•       poster presentation on “lessons learnt”

School visits:
•       observing and practising teaching in the classroom
•       one presentation to a cross-school audience, (e.g. a year Assembly group) on the value of learning modern languages

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

Students:
•       develop skills of reflective practice and the ability to adapt and apply their performance in a school
•       gain experience of small scale project management in a work-based context including planning and recording milestones, entering and exiting a project appropriately, and reporting on this in a foreign language
•       acquire an understanding of the limiting and enabling factors of working in UK schools
•       work collaboratively in groups towards a common aim
•       learn from peer networks, share and innovate good practice through student-led Progress Report sessions
•       systematically collate an evidence trail in a portfolio
•       improve their skill in public speaking by preparing presentations and tailoring and delivering them to different audiences, mainly school pupils
•       negotiate priorities and manage time appropriately
•       conduct ongoing primary and secondary research into issues relevant to the placement school and reflective practice
•       synthesise research and experiential learning and present these ideas in a well-researched academic essay

Intended Skill Outcomes

Skill Outcomes:

The module has as its reference point the Newcastle University Graduate Skills Framework (GSF) (http://www.ncl.ac.uk/quilt/modules/gsf.htm), in particular the following: (Relevant GSF section in brackets).

Students will:
-       Develop skills of reflective practice and demonstrate ability to adapt and apply their performance in other professional contexts. (Self awareness & Reflection)

-       Gain experience of small scale project management in a work-based context including planning and recording milestones, entering and exiting a project appropriately, and reporting on this in a foreign language (Occupational awareness)

-       Better understand the limiting and enabling factors of working in UK schools (Commercial Acumen)

-       Work collaboratively in groups towards a common aim (Teamwork)

-       Learn from peer networks, share and innovate good practice through student-led Progress Report sessions (Personal Enterprise)

-       Systematically collate an evidence trail in a portfolio.

-       Improve public speaking by preparing presentations and tailoring and delivering them to different audiences, mainly school pupils. (Communication)

-       Negotiate priorities and manage time appropriately (Planning and Organisation)

-       Conduct ongoing primary and secondary research into issues relevant to the host organisation and reflective practice (Subject Knowledge and Understanding)

-       Synthesise research and experiential learning and present these ideas in a well-researched academic essay (Cognitive skills)

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:0010:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching41:004:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching62:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyProject work40:302:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork601:0060:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery80:304:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1081:00108:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This is a highly selective and demanding careers-focused module which prepares the student for the professional world of education. It combines academic teaching with applied experience in the classroom. The module is of particular interest to students who may consider a career in education.
Students acquire a knowledge of Modern Language education policy and have an important role to play in inspiring future linguists while also generally raising aspiration to further study.

The module draws on appropriate expertise from within the School of Modern Languages, the School of Education Communication and Language Sciences, the University Careers service and local secondary schools.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1A30Reflective report in the target language (1,500 words)
Essay2A50Reflective essay (in English, 2,000-2,500 words)
Portfolio2M20Portfolio: School Visit Evaluations.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Prof skill assessmnt1MPresentation of classroom language learning resource. Teaching week 5.
Oral Presentation1Mcommunication for learning. teaching week 8.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessment methods reflect the main emphases of the module. The academic aspect of the module is reflected in the essay and report in the Target Language assignments, whereas the portfolio, professional skill assessment and oral presentation are designed to capture the student’s experience in the placement school.

Timetable

Past Exam Papers

General Notes

N/A

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