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Adult Literacy for Subject Specialists, Professional Development Certificate

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  • Objectives
    * To develop the skills and confidence of Adult Literacy and ESOL teachers in demonstrating and applying their knowledge of the theoretical frameworks of grammar, lexis and phonology involved in the study of English language * To develop teachers' pedagogical skills which acknowledge the learners' prior experience and perceptual skills and build upon existing skills, taking account of all levels of the core curriculum * To encourage participants to explore their individual needs as specialist literacy teachers and provide opportunities for relevant research, scholarship and reflection upon their practice
  • Entry requirements
    Entry Requirements Applicants should be in-service teachers of Adult Literacy or ESOL with a PGCE or Certificate in Education. They should also have the support of their institution and a suitably qualified and/or experienced, competent mentor
  • Academic Title
    Adult Literacy for Subject Specialists, Professional Development Certificate
  • Course description
    Level 4 (HE Level 1/2)

    This programme has been approved by the external body, Life Long Learning UK (LLUK) and aims to provide in-service qualified teachers of adult literacy or English as a Second Language (ESOL) with additional subject specialist knowledge in accordance with the published subject specifications.

    The first course is Theoretical Frameworks at Level 1 and focuses on the grammar, lexis and phonology in the English language. It also takes into account the personal, social, cultural and historical factors affecting the use of English and language learning as well as providing opportunities for participants to demonstrate their own skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing.

    The second course, Professional Development Studies, is at either level one or two and considers factors that influence and shape the use of language or literacy, encouraging participants to identify and explore their individual needs as specialist teachers of adult literacy or ESOL and to provide opportunities for research and investigation.

    The third course at level one runs throughout the programme and involves the development of a teaching practice portfolio which demonstrates practical application of the theory covered in the other two courses, and includes three practical teaching assessments in participants' institutions.


        * Theoretical Frameworks
        * Professional Development Studies
        * Teaching practice portfolio

    Career Options

    For teachers/trainers already within the FE and PCET sectors, these qualifications provide opportunities for full professional recognition as well as enhanced career development and progression into middle and senior management positions

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