Language and Literacy for Teachers - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Essay (40%) , Exercises (40%) - Learn more

Unit provided by

2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit was previously known as Valuing Language.

Please be aware that the unit EDC131 Language and Literacy for Teachers is a mandatory unit for all students in either the Bachelor of Education (ECE) or the Bachelor of Education (Primary) course. All courses at Curtin University are required to contain a unit that covers the essential skills of academic writing and referencing and the University’s Academic Integrity guidelines. In these two courses, that content is covered in EDC131. Therefore it is a University requirement that this unit cannot be granted as credit on the basis of studies completed elsewhere. All students must complete EDC131 as a first year unit. If students are seeking credit for similar units completed elsewhere, credit can be given for an Elective unit in the programs instead.

This unit provides an introduction to language, its development, use and centrality to living and learning. Effective teaching of language, literature and literacy rests upon theoretical understanding and practical appreciation of the roles of language and languages in all socio-cultural contents. The modes, textual varieties, purposes and functions of English are emphasised as students develop confidence in their own academic and professional literacy.

This unit emphasises Standard 2 (know the content and how to teach it) of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. In addition, the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority’s Curriculum Specification 1 (psychology and child development), 2 (Education and curriculum studies), 3 (early childhood pedagogies) and 4 (family and community contexts) are addressed.

Please Note:  If it’s your first time studying a Curtin University unit you’ll need to complete their compulsory ‘Academic Integrity Program’. It only takes two hours to complete online, and provides you with vital information about studying with Curtin University. The Academic Integrity Program is compulsory, so if it’s not completed your unit grades will be withheld.

Find out more about the Academic Integrity module.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. develop personal literacy skills for academic and professional contexts and demonstrate personal academic integrity
  2. assess personal levels of competence and confidence about language and literacy and successfully implement a plan to meet required standards
  3. demonstrate an understanding of multiliteracies through applying them for different purposes in diverse contexts and at different times
  4. evaluate the roles of language and languages in diverse contexts as central to living and learning.
  • Essay (40%)
  • Exercises (40%)
  • Test (20%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1The importance of studying English language, literacy and literature - What is Literacy
2Value of language as integral to dynamic socio cultural practices - within communities
3History: Diversity and cultural contexts of Language
4Oral Language development - Birth to Adult
5Contexts: Texts, meaning making and the purposes and functions of Language
6Communication: Language structures and styles across diverse contexts.
7Language as a creative psycho socio-cultural process
8Language in the classroom context.
9Indigenous Language variation - EAL and EALD
10Texts - How we communicate through many types - including ICT and visual texts
11Introduction to teaching strategies for English
12Overview of curriculum for English

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • E-Portfolios

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • Communications Toolkit : 3rd edition


    ISBN: 9780170243612


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

  • Enquire online

    Need to ask a question that's best put down in words?
    Make an online enquiry.

    Enquire now

    Ready to enrol?

    Start studying this unit now.


    Got a question?

    Get an answer from one of our friendly Student Advisors.