EGH324 : Language and Literature in the Classroom

Convener(s): Jessica Mason


General Information

The module explores English as a school subject: students will explore the teaching and studying of novels, poetry, creative writing and linguistics, primarily at secondary school level. The module will invite students to reflect on their own experiences as students of 'English', both at school and university, and encourage them to think critically about what they think English is, or should be, ‘for’. Other topics covered will include: English education and social justice, innovative approaches to teaching English (including ‘pedagogical stylistics’), the sociology of reading in a group, teaching and power, and thinking about teachers and students as readers.


3 hours per week: - 1 hour lecture - 1 hour seminar - 1 hour supervised independent research group. In the research groups students will be placed into small groups which they will remain in for the duration of the module. Groups will be supported to independently select relevant materials relating to English education (such as academic articles, discussion topics, news events or T.V. programmes) and will direct their own group discussions and analyses each week. This will support the first part of your assessment.


Independent Research Journal (50%) Students will pursue their own interests within English education and engage in written critical reflection on their findings. Subjects could include: research articles/chapters, newspaper articles, teacher blogs, personal experiences, and relevant documentaries. Students will be encouraged to maintain this journal throughout the unit as (unmarked) formative assessment. Students will choose to either select and refine journal entries or alternatively produce an overview of key entries to submit for summative assessment. Unit Design and Commentary (50%) Students will design a unit of work focusing on an area within English of their choice (such as studying a novel, a poetry or creative writing unit) and produce a reflective commentary. Students will draw on knowledge accrued over the module to justify the decisions they have taken in the design of their unit.

Contact Details

0114 222 0196

Information last changed: Wednesday 03rd of February 2016 :: 02:21:31 PM (GMT)

Please note: This module may or may not run in any individual session. Please check with the course convener.


The University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK