Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Choice of one optional method module from: ED36210, ED36310, ED36410, ED36510.
PGDE Entry Requirements

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 8 hours x 10 weeks


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT 1A (2000 WORDS) & 1B (1500 WORDS)  50%
Semester Assessment WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT 2 (5000 WORDS)  50%
Supplementary Assessment Written Assignment 1 (3500 words)  All failed elements of the assessment must be retaken if the average mark of the student is less than the required pass mark of 50%. New titles set.   50%
Supplementary Assessment Written Assignment 2 (5000 words)  All failed elements of the assessment must be retaken if the average mark of the student is less than the required pass mark of 50%. New titles set.   50%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:

1. Critically relate motivational theories to school and classroom practices by drawing upon examples from their observation and practice in School Experience 1;

2. Critically evaluate how pupils learn and plan accordingly;

3. Critically discuss any aspect of their subject that could lead to pupil misconceptions or is difficult to grasp or which is controversial;

4. Critically analyse pupils' learning by drawing upon a variety of assessments of pupils' work.


In this module, the following topics will be discussed in relation to the QTS Standards for the main subject methods.
The content themes for the 10 weeks (over two semesters) are as follows and will draw on examples of learning and teaching resources that are applicable to the teaching of English.

1. An understanding of the diverse learning needs of pupils
2. Knowledge and understanding of English at Key Stages 3, 4 and 5
3. Knowledge and understanding of the National Curriculum, including Cwricwlwm Cymreig
4. Knowledge and understanding of external assessment at Key Stages 3,4 and 5, including National Qualifications Framework and Learning Pathways
5. The ability to use ICT effectively
6. Knowledge and understanding of class management strategies
7. The ability to plan and prepare resources for effective lessons which are challenging and relevant to all pupils
8. The ability to teach lessons which are structured, varied, motivating and interactive
9. The ability to differentiate to meet the needs of all pupils including those with SEN
10. The ability to monitor, assess and record pupils' progress

Brief description

The Learning & Teaching (English) Method Course has been designed to meet the expectations of
The National Assembly for Wales circular 41/2006. Within this module, trainees are required to demonstrate a secure knowledge and understanding of English as their teaching subject. Additionally they are required to know and understand the National Curriculum Programmes of Study for English at Key Stages 3 & 4 as well as the Learning Pathways for progression through the 14-19 phase.
As part of their on-going professional development trainees will be required to review continuously (by completing an audit) their subject knowledge and understanding as well as Key Skills and to update their Professional Development Action Plan accordingly. Through various interactive workshops (individual, paired and group settings), trainees will be introduced to a range of teaching and assessment strategies.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication Via workshop activities, trainees will be required to share professional development experiences and encouraged to express their views and opinions on educational matters (not assessed). Their critical review of their professional development forms a key facet of this module and is assessed.
Improving own Learning and Performance As a requirement of this module, trainees will be required to audit their subject knowledge and understanding, as well as Key Skills. Progress will be monitored via the Professional Development Action Plans (PDAPs)
Information Technology Using the Web for research purposes and also to word-process assignments. Develop self-confidence in the use of ICT in the planning and delivery of lessons.
Personal Development and Career planning Trainees' strengths and priorities for future professional developments, forms an element of the Professional Development Portfolio. Completing the PDP will enable students to identify more clearly the evidence that substantiates their achievements (strengths, abilities, skills), aspirations and professional development priorities, and will help them to complete Section A of the Career Entry Profile that will act as a summary of their Initial Teacher Training as well as preparing them for their Induction period.
Problem solving Trainees will be required to select the most appropriate teaching and assessment strategies for topics within their subject. They will also consider the approaches to the teaching of controversial topics as well as addressing pupils' misconceptions.
Research skills Trainees will be required to synthesise and evaluate critically information relating to relevant issues in the teaching of their subject.
Subject Specific Skills Skills pertaining to the teaching of English
Team work Trainees will undertake group tasks within this module. Dissemination of good practices and school experiences will encouraged via group discussions.


This module is at CQFW Level 7