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Distance Learning Postgraduate Studies in Adult Literacy, Numeracy and ESOL

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10 week modular programmes for experienced practitioners from the University of Lancaster

The University offers 10 week modular courses designed to be taken by experienced practitioners on a stand alone basis or credited towards a Postgraduate Diploma/ Masters in Adult Literacy, Numeracy and ESOL.

Friday afternoon 28th & Saturday 29th of April start

Module – Debates in ESOL Teaching & Research with Kathy Pitt
With the introduction of the subject specifications for ESOL teaching, this module addresses the specialist knowledge required for continuing professional development in the field. The module will cover:

– Learning an additional language: looking for universal characteristics
– The good language learner: changing definitions?
– From mono- to multi-lingualism: language use across settings and identities
– Learning the written language: cultures, communities and classrooms
– Learning the spoken language: from ideal to asymmetrical interaction

Module – Family and Community Literacies – Tutor Jane Mace
From an examination of studies which have seen literacy as a social practice in family and community life, this module considers some political dimensions to the educational programmes designed to promote ‘family literacy’. In considering the strategies adopted for evaluating such programmes, we will also look more broadly at ways of collecting, analysing and using research data that can reveal insights and generate new learning.

– Scribes, domains and authorship
– Literacy and the dynamic of family life
– Citizenship and the literacy of community life
– Family learning: policies and practice
– Evaluating the family and community programme

Each Module allows you to:
– Build on your Level 4 qualifications using a flexible plan that can lead to a variety academic qualifications over time
– Explore a specialist interest within a department recognised internationally for its excellence in teaching and research
– Discuss issues that concern you with other practitioners & managers around the country
– Gain experience of e-learning in a fully supported on-line environment

What students say about studying at Lancaster
"I have thoroughly enjoyed studying at Lancaster and the variety of topics – some of which were new to me. All the tutors and programme team have been very supportive and their enthusiasm for their specialist subjects has encouraged me in my studies"

"The Programme has significantly helped my career"… "It has provided me with an academic focus and requirements to engage in studies that have expanded both my knowledge and understanding."

Future module details and starting dates:

October start
Approaches to Adult Literacy Numeracy & ESOL with Uta Papen
Language and Linguists for Teachers with Kathy Pitt

January start
Reflective Research and Evaluation for Professional Practice with Paul Davies
Perspectives on Literacies and Learning in Criminal Justice Settings with Tutor Anita Wilson
Workplace Basic Skills Policy and Practice with Joy Evans and Fiona Frank

Each Module requires 200 hours of study, and involves a mandatory face-to-face day and a half induction session at the start. The induction is followed by supported distance sessions conducted through email and a secure Virtual Learning Environment.

Cost per module April 2006 is £600

Iindividual Modules are subject to an annual increase in-line with Lancaster University policy and UK inflation, unless paid in advance.

Please contact the University if you have a question about your CPD route or for module information. The Unviersity deals with many queries about professional development issues by phone, and e-mail and is able to keep in close touch with developments around the country.

Web reference

Contact details

Kathryn James
Educational Research
County South
Lancaster University

Tel: 01524 510828


Lancaster University is a core partner in the National Research and Development Centre for Adult literacy and Numeracy funded by the DfES.


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