English and Education

Module code: EN3196

Module co-ordinator: Dr Holly Furneaux

This module provides students with an enhanced understanding and experience of teaching English at primary or secondary level. By the end of the module, you will have gained...

  • The ability to create imaginative and accessible teaching resources based on your own learning
  • Skills in planning and producing lessons and teaching materials appropriate to the groups you are working with
  • Insight into school English curricula

  • An understanding of student needs and strategies for meeting them
  • Improved communication skills
  • A greater appreciation of your own subject knowledge and the opportunity to develop this by engaging school students in effective learning

Learning

The module consists of:

  • General workshops on teaching (eight hours over the course of the semester, delivered by School and College Services); topics will include child protection, classroom management, learning styles, and curriculum design
  • Workshops run by the School of English; these will present methods for making English language and literature material accessible and engaging in the classroom, strategies for reaching a range of learners, and ways to support the school curriculum
  • Ten half-day sessions in local schools, with in-placement training provided by the class teacher and support staff
  • Peer review in the form of individual and peer group reflection

Assessment

  • Project (50%): You will plan and deliver a lesson for KS2, KS3, or KS4 English students derived from material you have covered as part of your degree course; create an accompanying online resource; and reflect on the process. You will be assessed on a 3,000-word portfolio consisting of a detailed lesson plan, a written summary of the online resource, and a reflective commentary on the rationale behind it. You will also discuss the impact of this teaching on your own understanding of the subject matter.
  • Journal (30%): A reflective log of 2,000 words written throughout your placement. You will be asked to reflect on your observation of classes and on your own delivery of lessons. You will also be asked to write about aspects of your placement school, such as its curriculum, provision of pastoral care, provision of services to meet the special educational needs of students, and disciplinary procedures.
  • Teacher Assessment (20%): An appraisal by the class teacher of your contribution throughout the placement.