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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

MODL3800 Linguists into Schools

20 credits

Module manager: Amanda Deacon

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

1. Satisfactory completion of Disclosure and Barring Service check (arranged by the Student Opportunity and Enhancement team) and two reference checks.
2. Application form to module administrator outlining reason for interest in module.
3. Satisfactory completion of at least a L2 University of Leeds language module in the target language.
4. Students wishing to choose MODL3800 as one of their French options must take a minimum of 60 credits in French in level 3 including FREN3010.
Please note- As placements in schools are limited, this module is subject to an application and selection procedure. In order to eligible to apply to take this module students are required to:
^ attend a briefing meeting in April.
^ submit an application by the deadline in May which is BEFORE the deadline for other module choices.
This module WILL NOT be available to choose via online enrolment.
Instructions will be circulated by email and via the MINERVA in March each year with further information.
^ Students MUST enrol for the full number of credits with a backup module which can then be changed to this module if the application is successful
^ Students, who do not attend the pre-application briefing meeting and/or do not complete an application form by the deadline set will not be allowed to take the module unless there are exceptional circumstances.
Students, who are on their year abroad and wish to take the module, will receive emails and/or Minerva announcements relating to the application procedure and should also contact the module leader directly.

^ Please ensure that you put one of your tutors as a reference for the module and that you complete all sections of the application fully. As a courtesy you should inform your referee that you would like them to provide a reference if requested.

This module is mutually exclusive with

ENGL32110Students into Schools
FOAH2020Towards the Future: Skills in Context
HIST2540History Students in Schools
LUBS2025Enterprise into Schools
MODL2001Linguists into Schools
MODL2005Linguists into Schools
PHIL2999Phil Stud Into School
THEO2000TRS Students into Schools

Module replaces

Students at level 3 on some programmes have previously been able to take MODL2001 or MODL2005. This replaces that option differentiating between level 2 and level 3 skills.

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

- Are you enthusiastic and passionate about the value of language learning?- Are you interested in sharing your enthusiasm with young people whilst developing your own employability and enterprise skills?- Have you already enjoyed the experience of teaching on your year abroad?If so, you should consider taking the module, Linguists into Schools, level 3. This will give you the opportunity to help language learners in primary and secondary schools in the region and be an advocate for the pleasure and value of learning a language.- Students on the module receive full training and support from the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies and the Student Opportunity and Enhancement office. - The module is an excellent preparation for PGCE and other graduate entry career pathways.- It offers valuable work experience for students who may be considering a career in teaching.Please note that acceptance onto the module is not a guarantee that a placement can be found. Circumstances beyond the control of the LCS, such as a change in staffing at the link school, may mean that a placement is withdrawn. In such cases students will need to select an alternative module.


This module aims, through university taught sessions, private study and placement experience
- to better equip student for the world or work and more specifically in the Education sector. Hands-on teaching or tutoring experience together with on-going reflection on their experiences, encouraging the linking of theory to practice will guide the students towards appropriate career and training decisions and success at interview or recruitment events.
Students will have an opportunity to:
1. to tackle a problem/problems of real concern to the outside organisation which have been solved to a greater or lesser degree by applying their energy, knowledge and skills in a concerted and managed way in the time and with the resources available.
2. to explore and evaluate related pedagogical issues related to the language they will be teaching by preparing, delivering and evaluating methods for the support of the teaching of modern languages in schools.
3. to develop an understanding of the role of the student tutor and future classroom practitioner.
4. significantly develop their knowledge of the language being taught through the design and creation of teaching resources suitable for the classroom and through the writing of a reflective account in the target language
5. evidence to a future employer/ training agency or supervisor that they are able to critically analyse their own experience
6. to demonstrate that they have knowledge and understanding of current issues relating to the teaching of languages in primary and secondary education and that they have acquired and developed vocabulary relating to this field.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students will evidence that they :
1. can design, record and manage their work in cooperation with an academic supervisor and a member of staff from the outside organisation.
2. have applied their knowledge and skills in modern languages to the classroom
3. have shown that they can achieve what they set out to do
4. have developed crucial negotiating, planning, reflective and work management skills which will result in enhanced employability
5. are prepared for a possible interview situation for further training in the Education sector or other graduate entry employment or training

Skills outcomes
On completion of the module students will have developed the following skills:
-Ability to use own initiative
-Commercial/sector awareness (promoting your skills and your resources)
-Communication with impact (teaching, working in a school setting)
-Creativity innovation, and problem-solving
-Developing self and others
-Leadership and decision making
-Networking (working in the placement environment)
-Negotiating (developing the placement working practices)
-Project planning skills
-Reflective learning skills
-Resource management (planning, developing and delivering learning materials)
-Team-working skills
-Time management and ability to prioritise own workload.


Pre-placement basic training workshops:
- 10 hours 2-day intensive training to include:
Teaching in the target language, Lesson planning, Behaviour management strategies, skills auditing and learning and communication skills training, assessment overview
- 2 hours lesson planning workshop.
- 2 hours Target Language-specific activities and materials workshop
2 hour generic placement training - policies, procedures and child protection, the role of the tutor in opportunity and Enhancement staff)
During placement workshops:

During placement workshops:
- 2 hours Teaching materials and Reflective writing tutorial
- 2 x 2 hours – lesson planning and target language teaching materials
- Assessment training:
-2 hours Presentation skills -2 hours teaching materials and reflective commentary
- 2 hours Reflective writing in Target language
- 2 hours Teaching materials
Post-placement workshops:
- 2 hour post-placement debrief workshop with focus on enterprise and employability.
All students will participate in a Speaking task which will involve assessment of employability skills, knowledge of the education sector and language teaching pedagogy, reflection on placement experiences as part of the module assessment. Part of the Speaking task will be conducted in the students chosen target language or languages. The Speaking task may involve an element of group work.
The tutoring placement will give practical experience of the support of the teaching of modern languages in a secondary or a primary school. Students on placement in a primary or secondary school, where no formal language teaching exists will be required, as part of their placement, to undertake a relevant activity approved by the module leader (e.g. setting up a lunchtime/after-school language club or supporting individual pupils)
Placement in school: 35 hours.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Work Based Learning25.0010.00
Preparation Class25.0010.00
Private study hours127.00
Total Contact hours73.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Students will
- research, create and prepare resources for the teaching and learning of their specific target language(s).
- as above for assessment
- investigate the pedagogy related to teaching languages and classroom management in the relevant sector
- research the historical and policy background of education and teaching of languages
- develop relevant digital skills to create resources and to enhance employability

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress is monitored by:
1. meetings with a supervisor who will discuss and monitor progress with a student
2. support from the organisation outside the LCS hosting the placement.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Oral PresentationSpeaking task: presentation and/or simulated interview for further training or post related to skills taught on the module. Supporting documents uploaded to Minerva form part of the assessment.50.00
Reflective login target language50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:42:36


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