Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

Literacy Theories and Frameworks

Course summary

Course code: TETA1067
Level: 5
Credits: 15
School: Education and Health
Department: Secondary Ed, LLTE and PEandSport
Course Coordinator(s): Gordon Ade-Ojo

Specification

Pre and co requisites

None.

Aims

• The course aims to provide learners with an understanding of Literacy theories and frameworks. Learners will consider theories and principles relating to language acquisition and learning, theories and principles relating to literacy learning and development and how language can be described and analysed.
• Learners will also consider the processes involved in the development of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills for Literacy learners.

Learning outcomes

On completing this course successfully, trainees will be able to:
• Understand theories and principles relating to language acquisition and learning.
• Understand theories and principles relating to literacy learning and development.
• Understand how language can be described and analysed.
• Understand the processes involved in the development of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.

Indicative content

• Different ways in which language can be described and analysed.
• Analysis of communication at discourse / text, sentence and phrase as well as word level.
• Current theories of literacy learning and development and range of associated teaching and learning approaches.
• Links between child and second language acquisition (CLA / SLA).
• History of English Language Teaching (ELT).
• Error analysis.
• Historical approaches to SLA, including behaviourism, Chomsky, Interlanguage, Krashen.
• Current theories and principles relating to language acquisition and bilingualism and associated teaching and learning approaches.
• Bilingualism – BICS & CALP, code mixing, switching and borrowing.
• Analysis of process involved in listening, reading, speaking and writing.
• Interdependence of the four skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing and implications of this for planning, teaching and assessment.


Teaching and learning activity

Interactive Lectures
Peer learning
Tutorials
Guided independent learning activities
Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle)
Teaching Placement(s)
Portfolio development

Assessment

Coursework portfolio - 100% weighting - Pass/Fail
2250 words.

Outline Details - Task 1:
A report involving the analysis and evaluation of key literacy teaching / learning activities or resources
Task 2:
Essay task which requires trainees to review, evaluate, critically analyze and apply the principles of some key theories in the discipline