BSc Education

Year of entry: 2022

Course unit details:
Teaching & Learning Literacy

Course unit fact file
Unit code EDUC22012
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by School of Environment, Education and Development
Available as a free choice unit? Yes

Overview

 This unit aims to:

  • develop and build on knowledge and understanding relating to theories of literacy
  • enable students to understand the underlying social and psychological complexities of the acquisition of written language
  • develop an understanding of the principles underpinning the National Literacy Framework operating in UK schools.

The course will cover the following areas:

  • the acquisition of literacy before starting school
  • the relationship between home and school learning
  • what makes a good reader
  • approaches to teaching reading
  • the assessment of reading performance
  • the emergence of writing
  • reflective writing
  • the National Literacy Framework
  • the assessment of writing performance
  • bi-literacy: literacy in more than one language
  • digital literacy

Aims

 

This unit aims to:

  • develop and build on knowledge and understanding relating to theories of literacy
  • enable students to understand the underlying social and psychological complexities of the acquisition of written language
  • develop an understanding of the principles underpinning the National Literacy Framework operating in UK schools.

Learning outcomes

 

Category of outcome

Upon successful completion of the unit, students should be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

  • demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which children come to understand the relationships between signs and meaning
  • demonstrate an understanding of the teaching methods used to develop children’s literacies
  • demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between social context and acquisition of literacy

Intellectual skills

  • develop critical analysis skills using primary and secondary data
  • demonstrate the capacity to use and critically reflect on prior research in the field of literacy acquisition
  • demonstrate an awareness of the debates surrounding children’s literacy acquisition

Practical skills

  • demonstrate and develop academic writing skills
  • demonstrate the capacity to use and debate with academic research on literacy acquisition
  • develop and demonstrate communication skills with adults and children

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • demonstrate report writing skills
  • demonstrate communication and group work skills

 

Syllabus

 

The course will cover the following areas:

  • the acquisition of literacy before starting school
  • the relationship between home and school learning
  • what makes a good reader
  • approaches to teaching reading
  • the assessment of reading performance
  • the emergence of writing
  • reflective writing
  • the National Literacy Framework
  • the assessment of writing performance
  • bi-literacy: literacy in more than one language
  • digital literacy

Teaching and learning methods

 The course will blend tutor-led input in lectures with group work which is largely student-led, and practical work outside the classroom.

 

Knowledge and understanding

 

Knowledge and understanding

  • demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which children come to understand the relationships between signs and meaning
  • demonstrate an understanding of the teaching methods used to develop children’s literacies
  • demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between social context and acquisition of literacy

 

Intellectual skills

 

Intellectual skills

  • develop critical analysis skills using primary and secondary data
  • demonstrate the capacity to use and critically reflect on prior research in the field of literacy acquisition
  • demonstrate an awareness of the debates surrounding children’s literacy acquisition

 

Practical skills

 

Practical skills

  • demonstrate and develop academic writing skills
  • demonstrate the capacity to use and debate with academic research on literacy acquisition
  • develop and demonstrate communication skills with adults and children

 

Transferable skills and personal qualities

 

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • demonstrate report writing skills
  • demonstrate communication and group work skills

 

Assessment methods

Assessment task

Word Length or Equivalent

Weighting within unit

Individual presentation

10 min presentation and handing in of PPT presentation

30%

Assignment

3,000 word essay

70%

 

Feedback methods

The course will blend tutor-led input in lectures with group work which is largely student-led, and practical work outside the classroom.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 22
Tutorials 8
Independent study hours
Independent study 170

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Zeynep Onat-Stelma Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Activity Hours Allocated
Lectures and tutorials 30
Directed Reading 25
Independent reading 60
Preparation for Assessed Presentation 20
Preparation for Assignment 70
Total Hours 200

 

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