Teaching Language and Literature in the Primary Years - 2018

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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 2018: SP2
  • Assessment: Assessment - Planning Task (30%) , Essay (40%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 2,200.00
International 2,450.00

This unit will explore how to teach language, literature and literacy in the primary years. The unit will encompass historical and current ‘literacies’ pedagogies and examine how they inform the design of learning programs for children.

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

  1. evaluate a range of language and literature theories and pedagogies and explain how they can be applied to different learning contexts
  2. justify the selection of language and literature pedagogies for a particular context
  3. apply discipline knowledge, principles and concepts to create, evaluate and refine teaching programs to enhance student learning in the Primary English curriculum
  4. generate assessment strategies to monitor, measure, provide feedback and make consistent and comparable judgements of student learning in Primary Language and Literature.
  • Assessment — Planning Task (30%)
  • Essay (40%)
  • Presentation (30%)

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.

1Review and Introduction
2Explicit and didactic literacy pedagogy
3Authentic literacy pedagogy
4Functional literacy pedagogy
5Critical literacy pedagogy
6Designing Language Literature and Literacy learning for multiliteracies, multimodality and community context - Part A
7Designing Language Literature and Literacy learning for multiliteracies, multimodality and community context - Part B
8Learner diversity
9Assessment and Planning with Curriculum - Part A
10Assessment and Planning with Curriculum - Part B
11Short and long term planning - Using literature
12Presentation and justification of planning documents
13Review and Reflection

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Blogs
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • 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.

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