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2024/25 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

MODL2005 Linguists into Schools

15 credits

Module manager: Simone Lomartire

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

Year running 2024/25

Pre-requisite qualifications

Satisfactory completion of Disclosure and Barring Service check (arranged by Educational Engagement).

Application form to module administrator outlining reason for interest in module.

Satisfactory completion of at least a L1 University of Leeds language module in the target language.

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 BEFORE the deadline for other module choices.
Instructions will be circulated by email and via the MINERVA in March each year with further information.
This module WILL NOT be available to choose via online enrolment.
Students who do not attend the meeting and 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
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

FOAH2020Towards the Future: Skills in Context
HIST2540History Students in Schools
LUBS2025Enterprise into Schools
MATH2800Mathematics into Schools
MODL2001Linguists into Schools
MODL3800Linguists Into Schools
PHIL2999Phil Stud Into School
THEO2000TRS Students into Schools

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Are you enthusiastic and passionate about the value of language learning and interested in sharing your enthusiasm while also developing your own employability and enterprise skills? If so, you should consider taking the module, Linguists into Schools. This will give you the opportunity to help language learners in primary and secondary schools in Leeds and the surrounding area and be an advocate for the pleasure and value of learning your language.Students on the module get full training and support from the School of Modern Languages and Cultures and the Access Academy. The module is excellent preparation for the year abroad and will provide valuable work experience for students who may be considering a career in teaching.


On completion of the module which includes a 30-hour placement in a school in the region (both observing and assisting with teaching) students should be able to demonstrate:
1. That they can work in collaboration with an organisation (school) outside the University on a project relevant to the needs of the school and to academic study for a degree in Modern Languages.
2. That they can design, record and manage their work in cooperation with an academic supervisor and a member of staff from an outside organisation.
3. That they have had an opportunity to tackle a problem/problems of real concern to the outside organisation which has 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.
4. That they have had the opportunity to discuss related pedagogical issues in the language they will be teaching.
5. That they have an understanding of the role of the student tutor in the classroom.
6. That they are capable of preparing, utilising and evaluating methods for the support of the teaching of modern languages in schools.
7. That they have significantly developed their knowledge of the language being taught through the design and creation of teaching resources suitable for the classroom.
8. That they are able to critically analyse their own experience of tutoring in the classroom.
9. 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 have applied their knowledge and skills in modern languages to the classroom. They will have shown that they can achieve what they set out to do. This will involve negotiating, planning, managing their work, reflecting on its merits and shortcomings, assessing results and drawing conclusions. They will write reports, keep a journal or reflective logbook, create and evaluate resources and give a presentation to a supervisor and peers on their work.

Skills outcomes
On completion of the module students will have developed the following skills:
- Ability to use own initiative
- Communication skills - teaching, working in a school setting
- Creativity - developing and evaluating innovative teaching materials
- Networking - working in the placement environment
- Negotiating - developing the placement working practices
- Problem-solving 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 in week 0 to include:
Teaching in the target language, Lesson planning, Behaviour management strategies, skills audit and forward planning, Supporting learning and communication skills training, assessment overview
During placement workshops:
- 2 x 2 hours – lesson planning and target language teaching materials
- Assessment training:
2 Hours Teaching materials and Reflective writing tutorial
-2 hours Presentation skills -2 hours teaching materials and reflective commentary

1.5 hour - Access Academy training - policies, procedures and child protection, the role of the tutor in the classroom (to be led by Academy staff)
Post-placement workshops:
2 hour post-placement debrief workshop with focus on enterprise and employability
All students will give 15-minute presentations in the target language on their placements as part of the module assessment. Presentations will be delivered to LCSLCS staff and all module students.
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 a placement in a primary 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).

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment11.001.00
Private study hours99.00
Total Contact hours51.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Students will work independently on their reflective learning log, lesson plans and placement. Guidance and support will be available from the Module Leader and in workshops and classes.
- Research
- Preparation of resources
- Preparation of classes
- Completion of online reflective log throughout the project
- Preparation of oral presentation
- Travel time

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 Presentation15 minute presentation in the target language. Assessment will include submission of documents and any supporting materials via Minerva50.00
Written WorkTeaching materials with a reflective commentary50.00
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: 29/04/2024 16:18:28


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