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Teaching and Learning Unit: Latest Funding of New Teaching Initiatives [March 2002]

1.1

Project title:

Innovations in language teaching

 

Project leader:

Professor Sharon Wood and Ann Miller

 

Department:

Modern Languages

 

 

Description:

The School, under the remit of its Learning & Teaching Committee, wishes to undertake a programme of training workshops with a view to exploring best practice in delivery of language teaching programmes and implementing such techniques within the School’s own programmes. To achieve this, the School will invite selected practitioners in the field to demonstrate and discuss specific points of practice and to facilitate discussion of the implementation of such developments within the School. Specific topics to be covered include: using the internet for teaching languages; peer assessment of oral presentations; teaching translation as a skill. Each workshop will be followed by a meeting of the SML Learning & Teaching Committee to shape changes in local practice and identify further resource needs.

                              

 

Amount granted:

£980

1.2

Project title:

Video production as an aid to the study of film texts

 

Project leader:

Ann Miller

 

Department:

Modern Languages

 

 

Description:

The aim of this project is to develop an autonomous piece of assessed group work for the 2nd year module, Introduction to French Cinema. Each group will produce a short video in which they set out to copy as faithfully as possible a brief sequence from one of the films that they are studying. This will involve careful study of camera angles, camera movements, framing, composition, lighting and editing as well as elements of mise en scène such as actors’ movements and gestures. Although they will not be assessed on the quality of the video produced, they will be asked to produce an analysis of the film sequence that they have copied and an account of the decisions that were entailed in their own attempt to reproduce the sequence. The written analysis will include an evaluation of their experience of working as a group.

                              

 

Amount granted:

£350

1.3

Project title:

Developing study materials for part-time research postgraduates in the humanities and social sciences

 

Project leader:

Professor Barker

 

Department:

Graduate Office

 

 

Description:

The aim of this proposal is to develop generic training materials in research methods for part-time research students, especially for disciplines within the humanities and social sciences. Training is an important requirement of all research students, especially in the probationary period. Faculty-based training programmes are in place for full-time campus-based students, but many part-time students are not able to attend these. The requirement for training but the lack of provision for it has been identified as a considerable disincentive to prospective part-time research students. To address this problem, the project will develop an innovative and integrated menu of training materials for such students by adapting, enhancing and developing the materials that many departments have already developed for distance learning Masters students.

                              

 

Amount granted:

£1,800

 March 2002

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