Teaching Language and Literacy in Junior Primary - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Essay (50%) , Exercises (50%)

Unit provided by

2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit emphasises comprehensive knowledge and application of the skills, conventions, processes and strategies for teaching English in Primary School (Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, Standard 2, know the content and how to teach it). Students develop personal and professional literacies, an English teaching philosophy and extensive instructional and pedagogical strategies for promoting children's literacy during the primary school years.

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

  1. develop a knowledge base of skills, conventions and processes of language, literature and literacies
  2. critique and contest current theories and issues in English teaching
  3. analyse effective teaching of skills, processes and strategies in language, literature and literacies
  4. evaluate skills, processes and strategies for becoming an effecive teacher of language literature and literacies
  5. demonstrate knowledge and application of professional literacies.
  • Essay (50%)
  • Exercises (50%)

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

You don't have to enrol in this unit if you have completed EDP230 Literacy Education 2 as they are considered equivalents.

  • Additional materials

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to Developing Early Literacy - Review first Literacy Unit: Literacy for Teachers
2The foundations of literacy learning and some key teaching strategies for developing early literacy
3The key elements of early reading - phonological awareness
4The key elements of early reading - phonics
5Comprehension, Vocabulary and Fluency
6The key elements of early writing - developing ideas
7The key elements of early writing - text types and language features
8How to teach grammar as part of writing
9The importance of Children's Literature and digital literacies
10Teaching English Language Learners
11The Literacy Classroom
12Planning and managing literacy learning

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Blogs
  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • E-Portfolios
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links
  • Wikis

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation 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.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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