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Postgraduate Module Descriptor

EMLM008: Primary Modern Foreign Languages Specialism

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:


  • Languages Policy and Guidance: understanding the national languages landscape including recent curriculum developments
  • Understanding oracy in languages: teaching ¬†listening and speaking skills
  • Understanding literacy in languages: teaching reading and writing skills
  • Practical approaches in the classroom with a focus on storytelling
  • Transition from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3: opportunities and challenges

Assessment of languages in the primary phase: considering informal, formative and summative assessment strategies

  • Language learning strategies: helping pupils to learn
  • Knowledge about language: teaching about grammar
  • Intercultural understanding and its place in the languages classroom

The role of the subject coordinator

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities33Practical classes and workshops including Peer Teaching and Subject Support Groups
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities8Seminar days
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities9Pathway activities
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities1Tutorials with academic tutor
Guided independent study40Reading set texts
Guided independent study50Wider reading
Guided independent study22Web-based activities
Guided independent study35Seminar/workshop preparation
Guided independent study12Peer teaching activity preparation
Guided independent study30Learning support group preparation
Guided independent study60Coursework assignment preparation

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

Association for Language Learning website:

Ensemble Languages Project: