Undergraduate prospectus

Course Information

Work Placement - Languages and International Studies

Module summary

Module code: LING1025
Level: 6
Credits: 30
School: Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department: Humanities and Social Sciences
Module Coordinator(s): Robert Tsukada Bright



This course aims to provide final year undergraduates with opportunities to gain credit for work experience in an area relevant to their studies in International Studies or TESOL/ELT - for example with an international organisation or in connection with language teaching in an appropriate educational establishment. The number of students undertaking a work placement is expected to be quite small initially, but may increase if departmental/School resources and placement availability both permit. All prospective placements will be subject to health and safety vetting, as well as checks to establish their educational value, in order to ensure all-round suitability of the proposed work experience.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:

1. have gained work experience in an environment related to Languages and International Relations or TESOL/ELT and have developed a more mature intellectual appreciation of these fields;

2. examine theoretical perspectives in their disciplines and to critically appraise the relevance of conceptual and theoretical knowledge to professional practice;

3. demonstrate the ability to monitor, review and evaluate their own work experience relative to specific targets and goals;

4. demonstrate a range of 'graduate attributes' - for example working independently and collaboratively; thinking creatively and reflectively; applying intellectual insights and problem-solving; and communication and personal/inter-personal skills appropriate for a professional working environment;

5. have successfully completed a research project which links professional practice to critical academic examination and appraisal;

6. have acquired self-promotional skills for future careers and have updated their CV to reflect professional experience, skills acquired, new insights and attributes.

Indicative content

A variety of placement types is envisaged - for example: Conventional 'office-type' placements with international organisations such as embassies and cultural organisations. Language conversation work in primary and/or secondary schools - for example via an after-school 'language club'. Co-ordination of a mentoring programme for International Foundation students (with appropriate academic oversight) - possibly shared by two or more TESOL/ELT students. Writing surgery for International Foundation students, along the lines of the School's existing RLF writing surgery, and operating on days when the RLF office is unused - possibly shared by two or more TESOL/ELT students.

Teaching and learning activity

Prospective placement students will be required to submit a written proposal, which may form the basis of an interview before final placement allocations are made. There will be an induction programme for successful students, based on the departmental work placement handbook and involving face-to-face as well as online activities, prior to commencement of all placements. There will likewise be an induction programme for placement providers, based on the departmental work placement handbook. All parties will be required to sign a memorandum of understanding, which will include a statement of rights and responsibilities, including procedures to follow in the event of difficulties. It is expected that most placements will follow the established model of one day per week during the autumn and spring terms - amounting to approximately 150 hours of work experience. Exceptionally, however, a student may be permitted to complete some or all of their placement work during a vacation, either in the UK or elsewhere. In addition to the induction programme and time spent in the placement, students will attend for individual and/or group supervision as required. They will also undertake private study as appropriate, in order to prepare for the placement and complete the assessment tasks (see below). On completion of the placement, students will attend a University careers counselling before updating their CV.


Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment Placement reflective diary
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment: 1.2.3.
Weighting % 20
Pass Mark 40
Word Length 1500
Outline Details:Reflective diary of placement and supervision.

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment Employer Reference
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment: 3,6
Weighting % 10
Pass Mark 40
Word Length n/a
Outline Details:An assessment of the students' performance and conduct provided by the employer.

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment CV
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment: 3,6
Weighting % 10
Pass Mark 40
Word Length n/a
Outline Details: Attendance to career counselling sessions with GET, followed by submission of an updated CV.

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment Report.
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment:
Weighting % 60
Pass Mark 40
Word Length 4000
Outline Details: A research report focusing on one key aspect of the placement discussed in an academic context.