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Introduction to Language Teaching

Module Code: LN209
Module Name: Introduction to Language Teaching
Module Credits: 15

Module Description

This module offers you the opportunity to gain some practical experience of the current issues involved in the teaching of Modern Foreign Languages in schools, and to be introduced to current trends in MFL pedagogical theory and practice.

Your participation in the module will take the following forms:
  • a supervised work placement in the MFL department of a local school (equivalent to 5 days in total*) in which you will undertake a range of activities such as lesson observations, supporting lessons, 1 to 1 teacher meetings, small group teaching, and leading part of, or even entire lessons.
  • a series of practical workshops with an MFL specialist teacher. These are highly interactive, practice-based sessions, delivered by visiting teachers from local secondary schools. Sessions cover topics such as behaviour management, lesson planning and questioning.
  • a series of seminars on aspects of MFL pedagogy and practice (delivered variously by the CPE and specialists within SMLC). The seminars begin by discussing the UK education system and national curriculum before exploring a range of key themes in education such as learning theories, assessment for learning and specific aspects of pedagogy relating to the teaching and learning of languages.

You will learn how to operate in a professional environment, to reflect critically on current issues in MFL education, and to consider ways in which your presence in the classroom could raise aspirations amongst school children towards the study of languages in Higher Education.

* Placements will usually be arranged on one afternoon a week during the 10 week term according to the timetables of participants.

Assessment for the module

You will be required to complete a 2500 word porfolio of short tasks (100%) and to build a Professional Activity Log (formative task)