Primary Education with Teaching Qualification (Dumfries campus) MA

Literacy 2 DUMF2011

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course aims to build on the skills developed in Literacy 1 by deepening students' understanding of the teaching of writing and reading, and the development of talking and listening skills in classroom contexts.


3 hours per week (typically 2 hours per week lecture,1 hour per week workshop)

Excluded Courses





Essay 60% (ILOs 1, 3 and 4)

Presentation 40% (ILOs 2 and 5)

Course Aims

This course will focus on the teaching and learning processes and relevant theory involved in developing children's reading, writing, speaking and listening across the primary curriculum. Students will become familiar with a range of strategies for effective assessment of these four language outcomes, at both the pre-5 and other primary stages. To support their learning, they will study a range of children's writing and reading experiences in various genres, review instruments of assessment at different stages of learning, and discuss a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts matched to Professional Practice needs.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

1) explain the cognitive mechanisms and theory associated with reading and writing


2) examine the process of writing in a range of genres


3) develop effective classroom strategies to assess pupils' literacy skills

4) recognise the patterning of English writing, and its developmental progression from the earliest to the upper stages, in terms of teaching activities and pupil performance


5) examine the relationship between meaning, purpose and language choice in both fiction and non-fiction genres and consider classroom contexts and strategies which support pupils' engagement with texts.

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.