Literatures, Languages & Cultures

Teaching excellence

We believe that the best learning experiences happen when all of us are actively engaged in working together.

In the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (LLC), we see the relationship between students and staff as one of partnership. For us, this means students working alongside staff in the classroom, in the world-leading research that underpins our teaching, in the development of learning and teaching policy, and ultimately in building and maintaining a thriving academic community.

To help facilitate this partnership, our School has developed a Student-Staff Charter, which sets out the basic principles that govern our relationship with our students and acts as the foundation for the LLC learning experience. Our aim is to foster independent learning, personal development and, ultimately, an inspiring learning and teaching environment and transformational student experience.

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Eleoma receiving her teaching award
Dr Eleoma Bodammer (centre) receiving her award for Best Assessment Feedback in the Students' Association Teaching Awards 2018

The teachers you’ll meet at LLC are also highly research-active, passing on the same passion and world-class expertise that gained us excellent results in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF).

You’ll see many of them giving public lectures, talks and workshops throughout the year, particularly during the Edinburgh summer festivals, publishing articles and books, and commenting or being interviewed in the media.

Many of our highly-skilled language teaching staff are native speakers, with lived experience of the cultures we teach in the classroom and which our languages students enjoy on the year aboard.

We have an excellent track record in the Students’ Association Teaching Awards, the University’s annual celebration of excellence in teaching, research supervision, tutoring and support, nominated and judged by current students.

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To achieve our partnership goals, we rely on an active, empowered student body and a sound system of student representation.

Student input is an important factor in all our quality control procedures, and there are a number of ways in which you, as a student, can make your voice heard and help us further improve the quality of our courses and services. Please do consider helping us through questionnaires, participation in staff-student liaison committees, and representation on School committees, such as our Board of Studies and Quality Assurance committee.

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Teaching Matters

We are proud to work with the University's Institute for Academic Development (IAD). Read our contributions to IAD’s Teaching Matters website and blog.

Fumiko Narumi-Munro wins Teaching Award for use of feedback

She reflects on working in partnership with undergraduate students and colleagues to reshape Japanese courses and excellent peer support.

Delving into the art of translation

Share Your Words judge, Dr Charlotte Bosseaux, tells us there’s no such thing as a ‘one size fits all’ solution in translation and why the phrase Wabi-Sabi resonates.

What the Victorians Made of Romanticism - revealed!

Professor Tom Mole’s latest book has won the Media Ecology Association’s Dorothy Lee Award. We talk to him about the book’s innovations and about how our students can engage with its themes.

Telling stories of future fossils

We talk to Royal Society of Literature award-winner, David Farrier, about why it’s important for literature to engage with place, time and the environment and about how students can get involved.

Teaching trio win awards hat-trick

Three of our fantastic teaching staff have won Students’ Association Teaching Awards, including for their approach to feedback and inclusive learning.

Related links

The Institute for Academic Development