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Dressed For Success: Bringing Texts Alive in the Classroom - EDU00055H

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  • Department: Education
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Amanda Naylor
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23

Module summary

This module is intended for students have an interest in finding out how to teach literary texts in practical contexts or who want to explore aspects of teaching English to different age groups.  

The module designed to give students a knowledge of the principles of engaging learners in schools with texts from a variety of genres; non-fiction texts, novels, short stories, poems and plays.  Students will also learn about the different debates and research around the pedagogy of teaching fiction and non-fiction texts in educational contexts.

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Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Spring Term 2022-23 to Summer Term 2022-23

Module aims

After completing this module, students will have gained a knowledge of the principles of how to engage students in schools with texts from a variety of genres; non-fiction texts, novels, short stories, poems and plays.  They will also engage with the theoretical underpinning of how to engage students with texts.

Module learning outcomes

Subject content – after completing this module, students should:

  • Understand techniques that can be applied to texts of different genres and historical periods in the classroom context
  • Be familiar with the variety of curricula and guidelines that surround the teaching of texts  in the classroom
  • Have an in-depth knowledge of specific texts that are used in the classroom with students of English at different key stages
  • Be aware of the different modes of engagement that can be used with pupils of English language and Literature
  • Have a critical understanding of research into the pedagogy of English as a  school subject
  • Be able to reflect on the different debates and positions around the pedagogy of teaching fiction and non-fiction texts in schools


Academic and graduate skills – students will:

  • Develop their research and analytical skills with preparations and reading for each session
  • Develop their communication skills with opportunities to present to the class
  • Critically evaluate their own experiences and development in the light of the knowledge garnered in class
  • Be able to write and think about, should they wish to do so, potential applications of the course in future teaching practices

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Task Length % of module mark
Essay - 3000 words
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Essay - 3000 words
N/A 100

Module feedback

Students will get oral, peer feedback on their formative 'Working up a text' presentation and written feedback from the module tutor. Marked summative assignments will be assessed in line with department policy.

Indicative reading

Atherton, C., Green, A. & Snapper, G. (2013). Teaching English Literature 16-19 An Essential Guide. Abingdon: Routledge

Davison, J. and Dowson, (2014) J. Learning to Teach English in the Secondary School, 4th Edition.  Abingdon: Routledge

Dymoke, S. (2009) Teaching English Texts 11-18 London: Continuum

Fleming, M. (2017). Starting Drama Teaching. (4th Edition). Abingdon: Routledge

Fleming, M., and Stevens, D. (2015). English Teaching in the Secondary School: Linking Theory and Practice. 4th Edition. Abingdon: Routledge

Gibson, R (2016). Teaching Shakespeare: A Handbook for Teachers. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Naylor, A., & Wood, A. B. (2012). Teaching Poetry: Reading and responding to poetry in the secondary classroom. Routledge.


The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.