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Teaching Adult Literacy/English: (Awarded by the University of Bedfordshire) Level 5 University CPD Certificate

Why study this course?

This is a 45 credit in-University CPD Certificate. It is Ideal for teachers who already have Level 2/GCSE English, Level 3 English and even a degree in an English related subject. This course will provide specialist English professional teacher training for teachers who teach English up to Level 3 in the Skills for Life area of post-compulsory education. The programme is recognised by the Department for Education and Skills and incorporates the 2014 Education and Training (ETF) teacher teaching standards. It is recommended for teachers of Functional Skills and GCSE English. The course allows a teacher to become an English Subject Specialist. Although applicants should be aware that all teachers of English are required to gain a full initial teaching qualification (CertEd/PGCE) in addition.

What will I study?

This is a 1 year part-time course and weekly attendance is required. The course covers the following areas:
• English Language Use
• Personal language use to a high level
• English Language Skills
• Understanding the nature and inter-dependency of the four language skills and how they apply to teaching
• Factors Affecting Language Use & Learning: investigates issues which influence language learning
• Theoretical Frameworks
• The theory behind lexis, grammar and phonetics
• Developing Literacy Programmes
• How the main theories relate to Literacy teaching
• Teaching Practice
• Using the core curriculum to create Literacy teaching programmes

You will be able to:
• Understand theories and principles relating to language acquisition and learning
• Understand theories and principles relating to Literacy learning and development
• Understand how language can be described and analysed
• Understand the processes involved in the development of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills
• Understand the significance of language change for Literacy learners
• Understand the significance of language variety for Literacy learners
• Understand the relationship between language and social processes
• Understand factors which influence literacy and language acquisition, learning and use

What will I be able to do after I complete this course?

This standalone University Certificate in Skills for Life (SfL) is worth 45 H.E credits at Level 5. Although a standalone qualification the credit can be used towards a degree at a University. This course is a requirement for those English/Literacy teachers wishing to gain QTLS as a Skills for Life (SfL) specialist.

How will I be assessed?

Most of the taught sessions will be used for discussions and group exercises which students will need to supplement with independent study. Assessment on the course is via a system of credits. Credits are awarded when students can demonstrate through a portfolio of work, assignment or presentation that they have met the Learning Outcomes of the modules. Some Learning Outcomes are related to practical skills, others to knowledge gained. When students have gained credits for all the modules, they receive the overall award. All assessments are subject to moderation by the University and also by an external moderator.

Assessment includes:
1. Two Case Studies (3000 words in total)
2. Discourse Analysis (2,500 words)
3. Spoken Forms - 30 minute group presentation and evaluation (500 words)
4. Teaching File (Including Observation of Teaching)
5. Reflective evaluation/journal (2,000 words