LS2LLE-Literature, Language and Education

Module Provider: English Language and Applied Linguistics
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn and Spring (Double presentation)
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded: ML2LLM Literature, Language and Media or EN2CAW Communications at Work
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Prof Clare Furneaux


Type of module:

Summary module description:

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. 


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 self-arranged 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 students 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 education setting or institution in which they are placed;

  • Provide academic reflection on the placement;

  • Make individual oral presentations;

  • Research, appraise and deploy in argument a variety of secondary sources;

  • Organize and articulate a coherent argument in written work.

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, and enabling insights on the relationship between the student’s academic studies and their application in practice in a professional setting.

  • Confidence, a sense of responsibility, and communication skills will be enhanced.

  • Students who successfully complete the module should be able to demonstrate an awareness of how their transferable skills fit into the education setting or institution, and identify criteria necessary to enhance his/her value to the institution in the context of graduate employment.

Outline content:

The area of work undertaken on the placement will relate to a student’s degree discipline. Students will produce and submit a proposal prior to their placement, explaining where they intend to work, what they wish to investigate during their placement and how this potentially contributes to their employability.  

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Students will be committed to 5 hours of briefing sessions plus drop-in sessions in the Autumn term, and 18 hours of classes in the Spring term. Students are offered tutorial support for placements and their assessed work. 

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 5 18
Tutorials 1 2
Project Supervision 1
Work-based learning 75
Guided independent study 20 78
Total hours by term 26.00 174.00
Total hours for module 200.00

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

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

1) One 2,000 word critical study (33%) 2) One 5-10-minute presentation (17%) 3) One 2,000 word placement report (50%)

Formative assessment methods:

Students give at least one formative seminar presentation. Feedback will also be provided on the assessed coursework. 

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (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:
    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.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:

    Re-examination by coursework to be submitted by 12 noon on the third Friday in August in the year the course is 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: 8 November 2018


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