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Communicating and teaching languages: a module for life

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Rene Koglbauer, Dr Elizabeth Andersen, Sophie Stewart


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This case study introduces a final year undergraduate module in the School of Modern Languages at Newcastle University. The module offers a model for embedding careers in modern languages teaching into the curriculum, and thereby enhancing student employability. The case study gives an insight into the various strands of activity undertaken by the students/ Language Ambassadors on the module. These include university-led input that focuses on the areas of language policy, pedagogy, professionalism and reflection, and a 60-hour in-school placement which allows the Language Ambassadors to gain first-hand experience of what the teaching profession is like. Through the academic assessments (a reflective report in the target language, a portfolio and a reflective essay) the academic and school experience are brought together. The authors make the argument that the module addresses the development of transferable skills that employers are looking for in employees.

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Author(s): Koglbauer R, Andersen E, Stewart S

Editor(s): Corradini, E; Borthwick, K; Gallagher-Brett, A;

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Employability for languages: a handbook

Year: 2016

Pages: 103-111

Print publication date: 25/06/2016

Acceptance date: 09/02/2016


Place Published: Dublin, Ireland


DOI: 10.14705/rpnet.2016.cbg2016.9781908416384

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ISBN: 9781908416384