Our popular English course aims to:
- provide you with the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills needed to become an effective and innovative teacher of English
- extend your awareness of the range and scope of English as a subject in schools today
- provide opportunities for you to experience and explore a variety of approaches to teaching the subject
- allow you to develop an appreciation of your own strengths and weaknesses
Over the course of the programme, you will be based in two of our Partnership schools where you will have the opportunity to develop your skills in a teaching background.
The school-based activities involve structured classroom observations, planning and research projects and practical teaching - the latter starting by teaching individual pupils, eventually leading through group work to full classroom teaching.
The course is organised as three modules:
- Professional Issues in school based education
- Teaching and Learning in the Curriculum
- Self-directed Study
These modules provide an opportunity to explore, in a more theoretical way, the issues to do with teaching and learning through lectures and mixed subject and phase seminar groups taught as a conference week usually after Christmas. In addition to covering Teacher standards these modules will enable assessment work to be carried out for the award of PGCE.
The English sessions are designed to enable you to engage in activities which will open up the subject from the viewpoints of both teacher and learner. You will be given opportunities to reflect critically upon current classroom practice and to draw on observation, teaching and research undertaken in schools. Some of the teaching for English Education will take place in a school setting.Sessions will usually include work on:
- The English teacher, The National Curriculum and literacy strategy
- Planning lessons and schemes of work
- Approaches to reading
- Writing and responding
- Assessment in English
- Teaching Poetry
- Speaking and listening
- Classroom management and English teaching
- English at key stage 4
- Drama in the English Curriculum
- Special Needs
- Shakespeare in Schools
- English post 16
- Media Studies
Sessions will embrace a number of themes which do not appear under separate headings: mixed ability classes, drafting, managing group work, IT, knowledge about language, gender and multicultural issues. You will be expected to work in a variety of ways including group-work, individual writing, seminars and student-led discussions.