ED2SE1-Subject Specialism 2: English

Module Provider: Institute of Education
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2021/2

Module Convenor: Dr Alison Silby
Email: a.silby@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:
This module builds on the year one subject specialism module by furthering students’ knowledge of texts and their skills in critical reading. The focus of the module is on exploring the relationship between literature and identity. This involves considering how notions of gender, the family and culture are constructed through text, exploring these ideas as they appear in a range of texts for adults and children. The module will also examine language itself, in addition to other forms of communication, considering how language contributes to our sense of identity and constructs the world we inhabit, as well as the different texts we read.

The module also seeks to justify and define the place of children’s literature within English studies. Attention will be given to a wide variety of texts and theoretical approaches. Students will be confronted with issues of a literary and cultural nature which will enable them to deepen their understanding of children’s literature.


  • To develop students as critical readers

  • To explore theories of social constructionism and apply these theories through discussion of how identity is constructed through text and language

Assessable learning outcomes:

On successful completion of the module, trainees will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an appropriate understanding of social constructionism

  • Demonstrate an appropriate understanding of the importance of language in constructing concepts such as gender, the family and culture

  • Apply these understandings to texts to explain how identity is constructed by authors and to consider what purpose might be served

  • Exhibit the abili ty to read critically

Additional outcomes:

Successful candidates will:

  • Engage in discussion of the texts studied in sessions

  • Study, research and present independently and in groups

  • Make connections between texts, genres and critical reading to express a personal response, which is explored and developed further through interaction with others.

Outline content:
The module will include a variety of texts to explore notions of identity. Texts may include poetry, plays, books and other media. These texts may span a wide time range to explore how constructions of identity change and evolve.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
This module will be delivered in interactive sessions, which include lecturing, discussion, workshops and practical activities, and which will include blended learning, provided through Blackboard.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 23
Tutorials 2
Guided independent study: 175
Total hours by term 200
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

A Written Assignment of 2,500 words

Formative assessment methods:
Formative assessment will be made through ongoing observation of the students’ engagement with issues and positive contributions to sessions.

Penalties for late submission:

The Support Centres will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that 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: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
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.

Assessment requirements for a pass:

Reassessment arrangements:
Resubmission during the summer resit period.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

1) Required text books: Additional costs will vary according to the choice of novels used. Students should expect to spend in the region of £40.00 in order to complete this module.

2) Specialist equipment or materials: 

3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear: 

4) Printing and binding: Occasional printing of materials, although photocopies of materials will be provided in the teaching sessions . Students will need to provide a printed copy of their assessment. Library printing costs are 5p for B/W page and 15p for colour page

5) Computers and devices with a particular specification: 

6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence: 

Last updated: 13 August 2021


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