Masters | Postgraduate Course - Education: Language and Literacy - Blended or Distance learning MA Course Details within University of Exeter

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Education: Language and Literacy - Blended or Distance learning MA

Study Details

MA 3 years part-time blended learning or distance learning

 The ability to read and write well is fundamental to a learner’s prospects and ultimate career ambitions. This specialism will help you better understand the requirements of your students and to develop strategies to improve their language and literacy skills and assessment outcomes.

The syllabus may include:

  • Context and issues - research in reading and writing; learning to read and write; the role of phonics in decoding text; the role of comprehension; international reading standards; writing in the language curriculum; developing as a writer
  • Children’s literature - the place of picture books in reading development; the history of literature written for children; classic children’s literature; fiction for the primary school; teen fiction; non-fiction texts; contemporary authors; reading for pleasure
  • Comprehension - comprehension strategies; analysing students’ comprehension levels; developing comprehension skills
  • Reluctant readers - reading and motivation; understanding readers’ perspectives; gender differences in attitudes to reading; and supporting reluctant readers
  • The writing process - theories of writing; students’ composing processes; the writing process in the curriculum; re-thinking classroom processes
  • Creative writing - defining creative writing; professional writers’ perspectives; the creative writing workshop; developing students’ critical responses to writing; assessment
  • The grammar-writing relationship - the historical grammar debate; prescriptive and descriptive grammar; functionally-oriented grammar; teaching grammar to support writing development
  • Writing conversations - the importance of talk in the teaching of writing; generation, formulation, revision; managing effective classroom talk about writing; supporting meta-linguistic conversations.

Students wishing to follow a specialism may have it named on your degree certificate, highlighting the specialist knowledge and experience you have in this field.

Module details

Taught modules

  • EFPM321 Reading the World 30 Distance learning or blended learning
  • EFPM318 Writing the future 30 Distance learning or blended learning

Entry Requirements

This specialism is aimed principally at students with a BA/BEd/PGCE in Primary Education, a PGCE in Secondary English, or a PGCE in any secondary subject with high literacy demands. You will also normally need to be currently in a teaching post, or have access to an appropriate classroom setting for the school-based elements.

Programme Funding

We offer numerous scholarships to encourage exceptional students to apply for Masters programmes at the University of Exeter.