Teaching Language and Literacy in the Primary Years - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP4
  • Assessment: Case Study (40%) , Exercises (60%)

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,200.00
International 2,450.00

This unit encompasses contemporary language and literacy theories and broad content for the language and literacy areas of the English curriculum. It will focus on applying what is learnt about teaching, children’s development, learning and assessment to the context of language and literacy teaching in primary classrooms. The unit explores processes for the design and organisation of appropriate learning opportunities for effective language and literacy instruction using a range of instructional procedures.

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

  1. research and analyse current language and literacy theories and practices
  2. explain how current language and literacy theories and practices have been applied to primary classroom contexts
  3. integrate knowledge of the needs of students from diverse backgrounds and across the full range of abilities to develop differentiated teaching and learning experiences that support and challenge all students in language and literacy
  4. apply discipline knowledge, principles and concepts to plan for the delivery and evaluation of teaching and learning experiences that will impact on student learning in the primary English curriculum
  5. appraise a range of resources, including technologies, and make appropriate selections to inform language and literacy programs.
  • Case Study (40%)
  • Exercises (60%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Other special requirement — Access to Microsoft Office or a unit approved alternative, access to video creation and editing software.

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 and overview to literacy for the 21st century and assessing own literacy development
2Becoming an effective teacher of language literature and literacy, the necessary background knowledge and skills of the pre-service teacher?
3Assessment of literacy - looking at data from children and relating it to develop children's learning
4Pedagogies for teaching
5Resources for learning
6Working with today's learners - what do they have to build understanding around?
7Making meaning across multimodal texts
8Developing fluent readers and writers
9Instructional design including comprehension strategies for multimodal learning
10Organising for literacy instruction and planning for learning using the Australian Curriculum- Part A
11Organising for literacy instruction and planning for learning using the Australian Curriculum - Part B
12Catering for diverse learners and learners of English as an additional language
13Reflection and review

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • E-Portfolios
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • FAQs
  • Online Assessment
  • Resources and Links

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.

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Required textbooks

  • Read Record Respond Professional Support New

    By:Bayetto, Anne

    ISBN: 9780195520729


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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