Postgraduate Module Descriptor

EFPM321: Reading the World

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

Introduction: an overview of research in reading; learning to read; the role of phonics in decoding text; the role of comprehension in reading; international reading standards.

Children’s Literature:  the place of picture books in reading development; the history of literature written for children; classic children’s literature; fiction for the primary school; teen fiction; non-fiction texts; contemporary authors; reading for pleasure.

Developing Comprehension: taxonomies of comprehension skills; comprehension strategies; self-regulation; analysing students’ comprehension levels; developing comprehension skills.

Reluctant Readers: reading and motivation; understanding readers’ perspectives; gender differences in attitudes to reading; supporting reluctant readers.

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities 268 seminars of 3 hours each (4 Study Days): Face-to-face or online webinar, plus 2 one hour webinars
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities7Workshop: Reader Exchanges (conducted online), One per week.
Guided independent study32Fieldwork: observing children’s responses to teenage literature, and observing comprehension skills revealed in lessons
Guided independent study60Independent Study: reading children’s literature and collation of critical evaluation of texts read
Guided independent study10Preparation of a research proposal for the research assignment.
Guided independent study40Data collection and analysis for research assignment
Guided independent study40Preparation of a Powerpoint presentation with audio recorded commentary offering a critical evaluation of children’s literature
Guided independent study85Completion of written assignment for summative assessment. Task includes further reading in relation to focus of the project, synthesis of material and drafting/redrafting the final piece of work.

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

Module Dropbox for sharing resources and materials