Each year we ask all students to complete a pre-course assignment. The purpose of this assignment is to provide you with an opportunity to carry out some background reading and research around a current topic and to write a short academic essay which will be marked by your academic tutor during the first week of term. Written feedback, targets and guidance will be given in order to support you with the development of your academic writing skills at Level 7 (MA level).

In preparation for your first academic group meeting in September please click on the link below and read the following: The Educational Value of Dialogic talk in whole class dialogue

http://oer.educ.cam.ac.uk/wiki/The_educational_value_of_dialogic_talk_in_whole-class_dialogue

After you have read the article we would like you to produce a short piece of writing (no more than 1000 words) to answer the following question: “In the light of this article, and your own experience working with children, what is the educational value of talk?”

Be prepared to submit the piece of work electronically when asked to do so during the induction week of the 17th September.