Language and Literacy for Teachers - 2018

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

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2018 Fees
Domestic 820.00
HECS 820.00
International 1,070.00

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.

1Introduction to Language and Literacy
2Language: Making Meanings in Social Contexts
3Englishes (including AboriginalEnglish)
4Language and Culture
5Understanding Oral Language
6Language Development
8Perspectives of Literacy?
9Learning to Read
10Children's Literature
11Learning to Write
12English in The Australian Curriculum and Early Years Learning Framework

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.

Textbook information for this unit is currently being updated and will be available soon. Please check back regularly for updates. Alternatively, visit the The Co-op website and enter the unit details to search for available textbooks.

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