Language And Literacy 3 DUMF3032

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course focuses on the teacher's role in extending pupils' responses to imaginative texts, through listening, viewing, talking, and also through a range of expressive arts activities. Independent reading of contemporary and historical fiction at the student's own level, and discussion of Scottish and international cultural contexts of literature, enable students to undertake more confidently a leadership role in the language curriculum, including teaching, learning and assessment activities.


3 hours per week: one x 2-hour lecture and one x 1-hour seminar.

Requirements of Entry

Entry to Year 3 of the MA Honours Primary Education with Teaching Qualification.


Co-requisite Year 3 courses on the MA Honours Primary Education with Teaching Qualification.


Assignment (40%) - due mid-semester

Examination (60%) - December exam diet

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

This course builds upon the work which the students have done in the previous two courses in Literacy, and links in general into the Liberal Arts curriculum. There are also links into School Experience, where the focus on Expressive Arts and upon creativity is especially relevant. This course aims to enable students to extend their competence in teaching the full range of the Language curriculum.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course the students will be able to demonstrate:
an awareness of the role of literature in creating contexts for personal and emotional growth
- knowledge of a variety of literacy and media genres and forms, and of relevant teaching strategies to promote their use in linked programmes or topic work
an awareness of cross-curricular expressive and ICT activities to enhance learning in language
an awareness of reading development and strategies at various stages of the child development, including initiating reading programmes at early stages
participation in a variety of individual and group writing tasks in order to heighten their personal awareness of the process and contexts of response to texts
- a fuller awareness of the teacher's role in effective assessment of performance, and its implications for 'next steps' in teaching
- a developed professional awareness of the impact of national and local policy initiatives on classroom teaching and assessment of language, with special relevance to the Curriculum for Excellence and Assessment is for Learning
an extended knowledge and understanding, at a personal level, of aspects of the language curriculum to provide a deeper foundation for critical analysis of subject, content and pedagogy.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Normally, attempted completion of all formative and summative assessments and attendance of 80% of compulsory classes.