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SML1024 : Language Learning through Project Work

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Mr Okke Baumbach
  • Lecturer: Dr Sandra Salin, Miss Raquel Beltran Puig
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


In consonance with the overall aims of the degrees offered in SML, the main aims of the module are:

- to enable students to gain a range of 21st-century graduate, study and reflective skills within a foreign language learning context.
- to develop and refine these skills by planning, creating and executing language or culture-related projects via group work and technological tools.

Outline Of Syllabus

The content will be taught via workshops, seminars and drop-ins.

The topics covered will include:
-       What makes a higher-education language learner
-       Group work and project management skills
-       Language learning and technology, including language learning tools.
-       Reflective learning
-       Presentation skills
-       Feedback / forward in learning

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching92:0018:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops71:3010:30N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery31:003:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1167:00167:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:301:30N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module talk will be used to introduce the module, its aims and objectives, its methods of assessments, what will be expected from students etc and will give students the opportunity to meet their peers and the teaching team, and ask questions.
The workshops will act as interactive lectures during which students will be introduced to the topics listed in the syllabus and be given the opportunity to apply this newly acquired knowledge via small group tasks. These workshops will take place with the whole cohort and will be taught in English.
Small group teaching (seminars) will be conducted mostly in the target language, with one seminar group per strand. These seminars will provide both the students and teaching team the opportunity to reinforce the content of the workshops in a language-specific context, hence developing student language skills at the same time. The smaller size and frequency of these seminars groups will also allow students to better know each other, which is an important aspect to consider in the early months of Stage 1, especially when group work is required.
Drop-in sessions will allow students to discuss their projects with the teaching team either in groups or individually, depending on student needs.
Guided independent study hours will include Assessment preparation and completion; Project work; independent Reflective learning activities; Student-led group activities; Independent guided study and Canvas Discussions. This range of activities will allow students to develop the knowledge and skills that they will need throughout the other 3 stages of their studies.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio1M50The portfolio is composed of two group tasks involving presentations (to last no more than 30 minutes).
Reflective log1A501800-2000-word final reflective report.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Reflective log1MPortfolio of short reflective logs on Canvas.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The two group portfolio tasks will give students the opportunity to work together on two separate projects and present their outcome to a variety of audiences, and to receive feedback from their peers and the teaching team.
The final reflective report will give students the opportunity to reflect on what they have learnt and achieved throughout the module, to demonstrate their acquired reflective skills and to plan for their future learning.
The portfolio of short reflective logs will enable students to practise reflective skills regularly, to reflect on the process and outcome of their group portfolio tasks, and to prepare for the final reflective report.

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