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Experience of Student-Staff Liaison Committee - Chinese 2A

Mon 14 Dec 2015

At the first SSLC meeting of the year for Chinese 2A, the feedback that we received from our classmates in the forms they filled out were organized so that we had comments for each of the individual teachers and lessons. The issues which were raised about our Oral tutorials were that: '1. We are not speaking enough Mandarin in the lessons 2. The teacher does not speak enough Mandarin 3. The teacher's behaviour and humour is not inappropriate 4. The lesson time is not used productively, partly because the class is too big and because the .' Some of the solutions that were offered by students included 1. Splitting the class into smaller groups in order to allow more time for students to speak more Mandarin within the time given. 2.The addressing of the teachers approach to the lesson, and 3. before each lesson we are given the lesson structure so we know what vocabulary to prepare.

For the grammar lessons one of the main issues brought up was that the lesson was not very engaging and was rather monotonous. Another issue was that the grammar points are not explained well enough. The staff at the committee said that they would discuss with the teacher over how we could address these problems.

Finally, for the NPCR lessons the comments were generally positive, however one of the comments that we brought up, was that not enough time was being taken to ensure that students had a concrete understanding of the new content, and another comment was that it was not clear what preparation we have to do for the next lessons. The teacher for the NPCR lessons is looking to address these issues, and will try to make things clearer when setting out the preparation that we have to do and when going through new material.

 For the overall course a big issue brought up is that the spectrum of abilities amongst students is too varied. The staff understand that this is a big problem and are trying to address this, but they say that it will be hard to make major changes immediately. As a class rep I will try to make sure that each of the issues that we brought up are properly addressed, and once I receive a response from the heads about what changes will be made, I will inform this back to my fellow classmates.

 
 

Welcome to the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures Representation page.
 

Here you will find useful information about your School’s student representation system.
 

First of all, let us introduce you to your School Representatives. Each School has two School Reps whose role is to listen to you and bring any issues you raise to the relevant staff and committee meetings, such as the Student-Staff Liaison Committee or your School Council. In LLC, the Undergraduate School Representative is Georgie Harris and the Postgraduate School Representative is James Konrad Puchowski. Feel free to get in touch with them if you feel that you have something important to say to the School! Your School also contains Class Representatives who work very closely with the School Representatives, the Students' Association and the staff to ensure you make the most out of your courses. Potential areas Class Reps may engage with are issues with feedback, course content, and suitability of assessment.

 

The School Council is a democratic structure and forum that enables you to take a proactive approach to your student life. It is a way for you and your coursemates to voice your opinions about what is going on in your School, and you are entitled to bring up issues and ideas that you consider relevant to the student experience in these meetings. You can ask your School Representatives to talk on behalf of you, or you can speak for yourself and count on their help to bring these issues forward and support you. They take place at least once a semester, so keep an eye out for updates from your Reps and don’t forget to attend – the more students that show up, the better! In 2014/15 the School Representatives held an active and regular School Council, working on setting the agenda for the Teaching and Learning Forum. They also organised events for students returning from or planning their year abroad, in order for them to exchange their experience and gather opinions on how to improve the student experiences of studying abroad.
 

Another important thing to look out for in your School is Peer Support. The Peer Support programmes are student-led initiatives that offer guidance and advice for newer students by more experienced students. LLC has a variety of different schemes on offer:
 

CHINESE STUDIES:

The Chinese Studies Peer Support Group is for any student taking a Chinese single or joint honours degree. This group takes the lead in organising events and initiatives that support the social and academic life of these students. They run study sessions, pot-luck events and year abroad information sessions. Find out more about them here: https://www.eusa.ed.ac.uk/support_and_advice/peer_learning_and_support/get_peer_support/find_a_project/organisation/chinesePS/.

 

THE GRADUATE SCHOOL

LLC Masters Workshops are available to all Masters students studying in LLC. These multidisciplinary workshops aim to support students in key areas of academic study, such as essay planning and writing, proofreading, engaging with secondary criticism, and approaching dissertations. Peer-led by Masters students, where possible they invite PhD students along to share their advice and knowledge.

 

DELC PALS is available to all students within the Department of European Languages and Cultures. This scheme is run by higher year students who deliver focused study sessions for 1st and 2nd year students.

Further information here: https://www.eusa.ed.ac.uk/support_and_advice/peer_learning_and_support/get_peer_support/find_a_project/organisation/DELCPALS/.

 

If you would like further information on any of these schemes please contact: peer.support@eusa.ed.ac.uk.

 

In addition to Peer Support opportunities, you can make use of a number of Academic Societies implemented in your School. Whether you are looking for support in your studies, meeting like-minded students, networking or keeping up-to-date with your field of study’s latest news, they are the place to be! In the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures you can find LitSoc. This society offers weekly meet-ups on Thursday evenings with a variety of different events to take part in. These include author readings, pub quizzes and poetry slams. Last year, the society introduced Wordy Thursdays, a series of fortnightly poetry events comprised of three slam poetry workshops and three poetry slams each semester. In the past years, LitSoc has welcomed many eminent speakers including Will Self, A.L. Kennedy, Don Paterson, and Owen Jones. 
 

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