Language Learning in the Classroom

Language Learning in the Classroom is a ten-credit optional module for students on a BA Modern Languages or Joint-Honours programmes including a Modern Language.

The module consists of a weekly small-group lecture, which explores the pedagogy and practice of teaching languages in primary and secondary schools; these run alongside regular tutorial sessions, which explore reflective practice and offer targeted feedback and support with your lesson planning. 

As part of the module, you will spend ten hours in a local primary or secondary school, working with Modern Foreign Languages teachers in one or more of the languages you study, gaining real-life support of working in a teaching setting. With support from your tutor, and from teachers in your school, you will plan and deliver a short teaching ‘episode’, putting into practice skills in pedagogy and classroom management, developed over the course of the module. Topics covered include the National Curriculum in MFL, Assessment for Learning, Classroom Management and Using Technology in the Language Classroom. 

The module is assessed via two submissions. The first is a 1000-word critical essay, which requires you to engage with some of the current debates in teaching and learning in Modern Foreign Languages across primary and secondary education in England. The second assessment combines a lesson-plan for your teaching episode, with a commentary on your planning and a reflection on the effectiveness of the session. 

This module fosters important transferable skills and is an excellent opportunity for anyone considering a career in teaching to gain a hands-on taste of the profession. Language Learning in the Classroom also provides valuable tools, approaches and experience for Modern Languages students planning to apply for the British Council Assistantship or other teaching-based programmes during their year abroad.

For more information about the module, contact Dr Caroline Ardrey, Lecturer in Modern Language.