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Undergraduate Module Descriptors 2012/13

BE4005: English One

Module Title English One
Module Code BE4005
Module Tutor Andrea McGowan
School Institute of Education and Public Services
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 4
Pre-requisites None
Co-requisites None
Restrictions Available only to students on the BEd (Hons) Primary Education / BA Primary Professional Education programmes
Brief Description

Children’s literature plays a pivotal role within this module, as does the development of the students’ own writing. This module aims to develop the students’ knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, English so that they can begin to communicate this enthusiasm to children. It aims to develop students’ subject knowledge and understanding of effective pedagogy with regards to delivering statutory requirements, and reflecting on non-statutory guidance. It will introduce students to the Letters and Sounds materials for the teaching of systematic, synthetic phonics, and respond to new Government publications as required. It aims to develop the students as reflective practitioners and teachers, and begins with the subject of the oral tradition.

Indicative Syllabus

The module will focus on a range of children’s literature and how it can be used to promote valuable learning experiences. Discussions will support the development of subject knowledge and an understanding of effective pedagogy. The module will also explore different text genres with a particular focus on ‘traditional tales’ and the importance of the oral tradition. Students will be introduced to the non-fiction genre and consider how it might be used effectively in school. The module will also include several sessions on the teaching of early reading and the role of synthetic phonics. As the module progresses, students will be asked to engage in tasks that develop their storytelling skills, improve their own writing and enhance their critical reviews of texts. The module will support the development of key subject knowledge and encourage students to reflect on their professional development in English. Finally, students will develop an understanding of inclusive values and learn how to interpret Programmes of Study appropriately for a diversity of learning needs.

Learning Outcomes

Successful students should:

1. Share good quality literature with a view to enhancing learning in English, developing personal subject knowledge and understanding associated theory

2. Select appropriate texts for teaching from a range of children’s literature by discussing, analysing and interpreting such texts and considering teaching and learning opportunities

3. Capture and maintain the interest of an audience (in University or school) through the ways in which they read and write for them

4. Have begun to develop their knowledge about language and literature through investigating children’s texts and developing some insight into the child as a reader

5. Have begun to develop a knowledge and understanding of the methods and expectations set out in statutory and non-statutory documentation and guidance

6. Have begun to develop their ability to plan appropriate English lessons which motivate pupils and employ interactive teaching methods.

7. Develop an understanding of inclusive values and learn how to interpret Programmes of Study appropriately for a diversity of learning needs, in order to access all children to learning in the subject

Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 30
Independent Learning Hours: 120
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 100% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 2000 words or equivalent
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources

The Library Catalogue contains full details of the current reading list for this module. Further details may also be found in the Module Guide.

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