Subject details

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

  1. demonstrate ways to engage students in reading for pleasure, enabling them to respond to texts in meaningful ways
  2. explain the devices authors use to construct and convey meaning in literary and visual texts
  3. appraise the aesthetic and social value of literature and visual texts for different students
  4. interpret and translate themes and images in texts in different semiotic modes (e.g. written to visual).

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject is one of a set of 3 undergraduate option units to prepare Initial Teacher Educators (ITE) to specialise in teaching literacy and English. This subject introduces a range of literary texts applicable to students from Foundation to Year 10, including: short stories, novels, poetry, prose, plays, film and multimodal texts, in spoken, print and digital online form. The subject explores how texts reflect the historical and socio-cultural context of their creation and how different readers respond to them through the lenses of their own personal and socio-cultural context. The text–to-life and life-to-text significance of literature will be explored. In addition to the analysis of linguistic, literary and multimodal devices available to authors, students will investigate how these devices are applied in the process of textual creation. A diverse range of texts, valued for their aesthetic, social and cultural significance, will be at the heart of the subject and will include literature spanning from Australia (including the oral traditions and written texts of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders); Asia and the world, as well as sustainability. The subject will explore the dynamic, constantly evolving and polysemic nature of genres of literature.

The expectation is that students will have completed two mandatory (non-option) subjects in English/Literacy before taking this subject.

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  • Essay (50%)
  • Project (50%)

Textbook information is pending.

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