PG7005: Core Strength: English


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PG7005: Core Strength: English

Module Title Core Strength: English
Module Code PG7005
Module Tutor Rachel Eperjesi
School School of Education
CAT Points 30
Level of Study 7
Brief Description

This module provides students with the opportunity to develop a strength in Primary English Education through engagement with subject knowledge enhancement, development of subject pedagogical understanding, and through critical reflection and analysis.  Students will develop an enhanced knowledge of English at their own level and a good knowledge of the English primary school curriculum. They will develop a good understanding of children’s learning in English, particularly in relation to the use of children's literature as a resource, as well as a good understanding of potential barriers to progress. Students will develop a critical approach to literature about children’slearning in English. They will also develop a critical and analytical approach to discussing children’s learning in English.

Indicative Syllabus

Subject knowledge: deepening understanding of the knowledge and skills needed for teaching and learning from the primary English curriculum, including an emphasis on selecting good quality texts, engaging resources and inspiring children's literature.


Subject pedagogy: consideration of the distinctive nature of learning in English, inclusive teaching and learning strategies to meet the needs of all pupils within English, an introduction to the role of the subject leader, and the application of ICT to enhance children's learning, such as through the use of audio-visual or interactive texts.


Critical reflection and analysis: development of an evidence-based approach to the analysis of children's learning in English, the evaluation of teaching in English, the critique of journal articles related to teaching and learning in English, and critical reflection on the strengths and limitations of different teaching approaches as underpinned by theory.

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to demonstrate:

1.  an understanding of their own strengths and areas for development in English

2.  an enhanced level of English subject knowledge

3.  an understanding of learning theories related to primary English

4.  a good understanding of the benefits and/or limitations of using varied children's texts and resources to promote learning in English

5.  an ability to engage critically with literature about primary English

6.  an ability to reflect critically on the learning process in English


In addition, students operating at Masters level should be able to demonstrate:

1.  a well-developed ability to engage critically with the issues, analyse significant aspects of teaching and learning and synthesise ideas

2.  a well-developed ability to discuss and critique theories of teaching and learning in English, based on wide reading of relevant sources and

analysis of first-hand evidence

Learning and Teaching Activities
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 100% Coursework: Individual, standard written: Standard: 5000 words or equivalent
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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