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SML4003 : Advocating and Teaching Languages in Schools

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Sandra Salin
  • Lecturer: Professor Rene Koglbauer
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


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, and to reflect on this experience. 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:
- Organising a placement with schools, including child protection, language learning & the role of
the SML4003 student
- National language learning policy
- Reflective practice and reflective writing
- How to give effective presentations
- Speaking in the Modern Languages classroom
- Classroom resources and classroom management
- Grammar in the Secondary Language classroom

Seminars on:
- Making the case for modern languages in a school context: presentations on the value of learning
Modern Languages
- Micro-teaching sessions
- Feedback from Semester 1 assessment
- Conducting an interview with the Head Teacher or their deputy on the position of modern languages
in their school

School visits:
- Observing, supporting and practising teaching in the classroom

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture82:0016:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture31:003:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching52:0010:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork451:0045:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery32:006:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1191:00119:00N/A
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.

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 (1,300 words)
Essay2A50Reflective essay (in English, 2,200 words)
Portfolio2M20Portfolio: 2 reflective tasks (*continued in Rationale below).
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Prof skill assessmnt1MPresentation and short reflective report on presentation
Oral Presentation1MGroup micro-teaching session
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 and develop their reflective writing skills.

*(continued from Comment for Portfolio 1)
Task 1: Students reflect on their group micro teaching session using a set of questions. Should not exceed 5 A4 pages, font size Calibri 11.
Task 2: Students reflect on their Teaching Sequence using a set of questions. Should not exceed 2 A4 pages, font size Calibri 11.

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