LS2LLE-Literature, Language and Education

Module Provider: English Language and Applied Linguistics
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:5
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded: ML2LLM Literature, Language and Media or EN2CAW Communications at Work
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Nicole King

Email: n.king2@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

Aims:
This module aims to provide students with an opportunity to apply their existing degree-based knowledge and learning and extend it within their chosen specialisation. Pursuing a placement in education, they will enhance their understanding of the usage of language and/or literature in a workplace environment, with an eye towards relevant professional development. A placement forms a compulsory part of this module and a placement report contributes to the assessment of the module.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to:
- critically evaluate how language and/or literature, and/or cinema, and/or cultural studies are used in education;
- collect and analyse authentic data from education settings;
- evaluate their placement role within the educational institution in which they are placed;
- demonstrate an awareness of how their transferable skills fit into the educational institution, and identify criteria necessary for the student to enhance his/her value to the institution in the context of graduate employment;
- provide academic reflection on the placement.

Additional outcomes:
The module also aims to enhance potential employability on graduation by providing practical experience in education, encouraging development of greater understanding of workplace requirements, working with others, and the relationship between their academic studies and their application in practice in a professional setting. Confidence, sense of responsibility, team working and communication skills will be enhanced.

Outline content:
The area of work undertaken on the placement has to relate to a student's degree discipline. Students will produce and submit a proposal prior to their placement (Autumn term), explaining where they intend to work, what they wish to investigate during their placement and how this potentially contributes to their employability. The placement itself will take place in the Spring term of Year 2. The day-to-day content of the work will be set by the institution.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Drop-in and briefing sessions in the Autumn term. In the Spring term there will be taught sessions in the subject area, masterclasses from invited professionals, and skill-building sessions. It is envisaged that some students will develop ideas from this module into suitable subjects for dissertations.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 3 4
Project Supervision 3
Practicals classes and workshops 8
Guided independent study 40 67
Placement 75
       
Total hours by term 43.00 157.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 33
Report 50
Oral assessment and presentation 17

Other information on summative assessment:
1) One 2,000 word critical study (33%)
2) One 10-minute presentation (17%)
3) One 2,000 word placement report (50%)

Formative assessment methods:
- Work placement proposal
- Placement journal/blog

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-examination by coursework to be submitted by 22 August in the year the module was taken.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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