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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2012 - 2013

Module Title Special Methods English
Module Code ES562A
School School of Education Studies

Online Module Resources

Module Co-ordinatorMs Irene WhiteOffice NumberCA109
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

To equip student teachers with the ability to define, create and maintain an effective learning environment. To introduce students to contemporary approaches in a range of teaching & learning skills. To develop confidence in a range of initial teaching skills through reviews, analysis, demonstration, peer coaching and guided feedback To provide students with a detailed knowledge and understanding of the content and assessment methodology of the Junior Cycle and Senior Cycle curricula in curriculum English in second-level schools. All students are required to participate in Micro-teaching as part of this module.

Learning Outcomes

1. Critically evaluate and critique a range of teaching methods relevant in the subject of English in the post-primary curriculum.
2. Generate student centred lessons which promote effective learning.
3. Critically analyse how students learn and compare and contrast effective teaching methods to support and scaffold this learning.
4. Articulate a critical awareness of a variety of pedagogical theories and practices that enable and enhance classroom management.
5. Formulate pedagogically proficient lessons for delivery in English.
6. Integrate ICT appropriately and effectively into the delivery of English syllabus.
7. Utilise a variety of differentiation strategies in lesson planning to devise effective and inclusive lessons.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24Input and Reflective Discussions
Group work24Subject specific collegial group
Independent Study12Researching theory and resources
Independent Study65Researching theory and resources
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Yearly Scheme of Work
Junior Certificate

Yearly Scheme of Work
Leaving Certificate

Yearly Scheme of Work
Leaving Certificate Applied

Lesson Planning
Aims and Objectives

Assessment for Learning
Evaluation and Assessment

Participative Learning
Group Work

Participative Learning
Pair Work

Participative Learning
Role Play

Questioning for Learning
Lower Order Questioning

Questioning for Learning
Higher Order Questioning

Teacher Exposition

Concept Development

Teaching Texts

Varying Stimuli

Micro Teaching

Curriculum and Resources
Exploration and Analysis of Syllabi

Curriculum and Resources
Exploration and Development of Resources

Curriculum and Resources
Special Education and Diversity

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
Indicative Reading List

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