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Undergraduate Course: Primary Literacies 2: Developing literacies in the middle and upper stages (EDUA10168)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course addresses current research, theories, policies and perspectives regarding language and literacy learning and the implications for professional action in the primary school. Students will be encouraged to construct creative learning experiences that show clear and meaningful integration of language and literacy across the curriculum. Theories of genre, the writing process and critical literacy will be investigated. There is a focus throughout the course on recognising, valuing and including the literacies and languages that children bring with them from their everyday worlds into the classroom. These include a range of digital literacies or new literacies, as well as aspects of children's popular culture. Furthermore, the course will focus on approaches to supporting children with English as an additional language (EAL) in the primary classroom to access the mainstream curriculum. The course utilises ways of working with the student's own academic literacy needs and situates this within a sense of personal literacy biographies and personal search.
Course description Lectures, workshops and independent study will focus on the following themes but these will be delivered in an integrated way:

* Talking and listening
* Developing an appreciation of the writer's craft
* Reading and writing for information
* Poetry and language awareness
* Knowledge about language, language diversity and language policy
* Accounts of literacy learning; biography and personal narratives
* Analysis of literacy difficulties and appropriate intervention strategies
* New literacies; multimodal and digital texts
* Comprehension and critical literacy
* Literacy across learning
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 11, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 33, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 152 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Part 1 Summative Assessment 20%
Written reflective account of the formative presentation (1000 words) including responses to peer feedback.

Part 2 (80%) (During exam period)
A 2,000 word individual written assignment in which students produce an audio-taped recording of a group of four children engaged in an appropriate learning task working within a mainstream curriculum area. Part A will consist of a transcription of the children's talk covering three (not necessarily consecutive) minutes of the recording of the task. This is not included in the word count. Part B shall provide a rationale for the design of the task to encourage talk, collaboration and learning. This will be followed by an analysis of the children's linguistic, cognitive and social development as evidenced during the task and an evaluation of the effectiveness of the task for the children involved. Students are expected to provide a theoretical justification for the analysis and to demonstrate a developing understanding of, and engagement with, key principles, theory, policy and research in language and literacy and related approaches to teaching and learning.

Students must gain an average of 40% across both components of assessment.

Feedback Part 1: Formative Assessment: individual presentation in a group.
Students should reflect on their experiences and practices of teaching and pupil learning (during their school experience in Year 3) in relation to one area of literacy: talking & listening, reading or writing. This can be as a discrete subject or literacies across the curriculum.
Feedback will be offered through structured peer and self-assessment. This will provide feedforward advice for the written reflective account.

Part 2 Opportunity during a workshop to gain peer and tutor feedback on the design of a collaborative activity to encourage interaction and to support children's talking and listening skills. This will provide feedforward advice for the summative assessment. 2000 word summative assessment. Written formative feedback from the marker.

No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Reflect critically on the development of reading, writing, listening and talking in the middle and upper stages of primary school.
  2. Apply pedagogical knowledge in relation to the theory of teaching of reading, writing, listening and talking.
  3. Evaluate the role of assessment and the use of assessment evidence to support pupils' learning in literacy.
  4. Examine and differentiate between cognitive, personal, social and cultural aspects of children's literacy development.
  5. Critically appraise students' own literacy skills and attitudes.
Reading List
Bearne, E. & Kennedy, R. (2012) Literacy and Community: Developing a Primary Curriculum Through Partnerships. Royston: UKLA.
Cremin, T. & Myhill, D. (2011) Writing Voices: Creating Communities of Writers. London: Routledge.
Gibbons, P. (2009) English Learners, Academic Literacy and Thinking: Learning in the Challenge Zone. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
Medwell, J. A., Wray, D., Moore, G. E., & Griffiths, V. (2011) Primary English: Knowledge and Understanding (5th edition). Exeter: Learning Matters.
Pahl, K. & Rowsell, J. (2012) Literacy and Education: Understanding the New Literacy Studies in the Classroom (2nd edition). London: Sage.

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Adopt a reflective approach to school experiences
Take personal responsibility for students' own literacy development
Use enquiry to identify opportunities for learning.
Use communication to enhance understanding of a topic and to engage effectively with peers
Additional Class Delivery Information Each workshop will have a corresponding lecture (either face-to-face or penopticon)
KeywordsLiteracy development,Reading,Writing,Talking,Listening,Literacy practices,Literacy Assessment
Course organiserDr Kelly Stone
Tel: (0131 6)51 6514
Course secretaryMiss Deirdre Houston
Tel: (0131 6)51 6381
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