Texts For Diversity: Language Across Learning For Children With EAL EDUC5386

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course aims to provide practising teachers with an overview of current policy and practice in the area of working with children who are learning English as an additional language with a significant element of the course focusing on appropriate children's literature texts whose purpose is to support literacy development.


Blended learning: 5 three hour sessions (Saturdays and twilights) plus 4 hours online learning and 3 hour Tutorial.

Requirements of Entry

Suitable undergraduate studies


1. Students will keep a reflective diary of the diverse texts they have analysed and critiqued throughout the course. They will submit a 1000 word rationale for the texts they will select for part two of the assessment. - 25% (LO 1-4)

2. Students will develop a 4000 word outline and rationale for a socially relevant initiative for EAL children in a learning context. This initiative will be in response to issues identified in their reflective learning diaries.- 75% (LO 1, 2, 4)

Course Aims

This course will provide students with opportunities to:


Examine in detail how children develop and acquire a first language and additional languages.


Demonstrate awareness of how theories of language learning influence language development and acquisition in the family, school and wider community.


Embedded within this module will be opportunities to:


Examine and critique case studies of children learning an additional language in a variety of contexts


Complete an enquiry that links language learning theory, social political theory and classroom pedagogy.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

LO1 Demonstrate an understanding of how children develop and acquire a first and second language from multiple cultural and historical perspectives


LO2 Apply knowledge in order to challenge and expand their own values and attitudes towards children learning English as an additional language through classroom based enquiry and critical reflection.


LO3 Critically evaluate and reflect upon children's experiences of language learning in relation to language learning theory and developing classroom pedagogies including the use of children's literature.


LO4 Demonstrate an understanding of and concern for the local and global dimensions that impact on children as additional language learners in relation to issues of diversity, equality, health and well being and social justice through a variety of different media including children's literature.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.