LS2LTR-Literacy: Social, Educational and Cognitive Perspectives

Module Provider: English Language and Applied Linguistics
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Pre-requisites: LS1SG Sounds, Grammar and Meaning LS1ELS English Language and Society
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Tony Capstick


Summary module description:

This module aims to explore the nature of literacy practices, drawing on a range of social and educational contexts. We will consider both the theoretical bases of production and comprehension of written language and will review methodological approaches to research in reading and writing.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of this module it is expected that the student will be able to:
-Summarise cognitive processes of reading and writing;
-Collect and analyse data on literacy practices;
-Summarise major theories of literacy practices from social perspectives;
-Discuss literacy practices in different contexts (educational and multilingual);
-Describe writing systems.

Additional outcomes:
The module aims to encourage the development of students' critical thinking skills, in relation to evaluating ideas, research and teaching approaches. Students will be encouraged to use IT resources for asynchronous discussion of key topics. Oral presentation skills will be promoted.

Outline content:
The module will look at developing literacy skills from cognitive and social perspectives. In the first half we will focus on the cognitive processes of reading and writing. We will also look at what skilled readers and writers do in English, and how teaching can help in the development of these skills, in children learning this as their first language of literacy and learners reading and writing in English as a second/foreign language. We will consider a variety of research methods.

In the second half, we will discuss writing systems and the social bases of literacy, including multilingual literacy practices.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Integrated lectures with workshops and oral presentations.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20 2
Tutorials 10
Project Supervision 1
Guided independent study 121 46
Total hours by term 152.00 48.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 45
Written assignment including essay 45
Oral assessment and presentation 10

Other information on summative assessment:
Course work

• Students will make one oral presentation in groups. (10%)
• Students will write one essay of 2,000 – 2,500 words. (45%)

Relative percentage of coursework: 55%

Formative assessment methods:
Feedback on group preparation for oral presentation.
Feedback on assignment outline.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    One 2-hour examination, with two questions.
    Relative percentage of examination: 45%

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Resubmission of coursework by 22nd August in the year the course is taken and/or re-assessment by examination in August.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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