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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LLLC2228 Using Stories to Develop Learning

20 creditsClass Size: 25

Module manager: Becky Cherriman

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

Completion of 4 core modules at level 1

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module will consider the growing international trend of storytelling with the specific objective to consider the educational opportunities presented in the use of storytelling in the classroom. Students will consider the importance of narrative for developing readers, and how this may be utilised to increase confidence and understanding in learners. The module examines the effectiveness of storytelling as a teaching and learning tool. The module gives you the opportunity to develop your creative skills and examines the effectiveness of storytelling as a teaching and learning tool.


- to explore storytelling as a learning and educational tool;
- to locate storytelling in its historical and cultural tradition;
- to develop skills in telling stories as part of learning and teaching;
- to develop critical skills in relation to using stories with young people;
- to consider the practical uses of storytelling in learning, in the context of children's literature.

Learning outcomes
To extend general knowledge, critical understanding and practical experience of using stories and storytelling as an educational tool.

To be able to identify a range of genres designated as writing for children (as well as storytelling) and to use select techniques linked to these genres within the student's writing and storytelling.

To have developed critical reading skills in relation to new and existing writing and storytelling for children and that of other students, as well as work by published authors and professional performers.

To have gained practical experience of producing and presenting writing and stories for children as an educational and learning tool.

Skills outcomes
Being digital: As part of this module students will develop a range of digital literacy skills. Further details are provided in the module handbook


The content will cover such areas as:
- Introduction to Storytelling
- The oral tradition
- The Power of Stories to Effect Change
- Specific Audiences: Age groups
- Children's poetry
- Picture Books
- Contemporary Issues in Young Adult fiction
- Practical Research

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours180.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Students will be expected to research both theories of storytelling and other mediums, eg children's literature, online forums, film and television.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Through class and group discussions, observation and feedback, feedback on drafts for assignments and individual/group tutorials.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentAn original, or significantly adapted narrative that has been developed individually to meet specific learning outcomes. E.g a short story of 3,000 words, a narrative poem or collection of poems totalling 60-lines, a picture book of 18-pages, an interactive web-based narrative totalling 12 'pages’. An accompanying 2000-word critical reflection.100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 09/05/2022 16:33:43


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