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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Exploring the role of the English teacher; Exploring the 7-10 Lower Secondary English curriculum
    • Teaching reading (expository texts); Examining critical literacy; Differentiation; Critically examining resources; Planning lessons
    • Teaching reading (fiction); Examining critical literacy; Differentiation; Critically examining resources; Planning lessons
    • Teaching viewing; Examining critical literacy; Differentiation; Critically examining resources; Planning lessons
    • Teaching writing; Examining critical literacy; Differentiation; Critically examining resources; Planning lessons
    • Teaching creative writing; Examining critical literacy; Differentiation; Critically examining resources; Planning lessons
    • Examining formative assessments in Lower School English; The role of feedback; Examining the role of high stakes assessment such as NAPLAN and OLNA
    • Examining summative assessments in Lower School English; The role of feedback; Examining the role of high stakes assessment such as NAPLAN and OLNA
    • Digital Technologies
    • Program development in Lower Secondary English; Classroom considerations
    • Program development in Lower Secondary English; School and system consideration
    • Program development in Lower Secondary English; Exploring Professional Association
    • Review and Reflection
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • E-Portfolios
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links
      • FAQs
      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Online Assessment

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

  1. critically analyse issues and processes in relation to English curriculum including local and national perspectives
  2. apply teaching strategies that support and enhance students’ literacy and numeracy development in this major teaching area
  3. evaluate a range of resources, including technologies, and make appropriate selections to inform English Lower Secondary learning and teaching programs
  4. incorporate knowledge of the needs of students from diverse backgrounds and across the full range of abilities to devise differentiated learning and teaching experiences that support and challenge all students in English in Lower Secondary
  5. employ discipline knowledge, principles and concepts to plan learning and teaching experiences with demonstrated impact in English in Lower Secondary.
  • Assignment 1 - Essay (50%)
  • Assignment 2 - Report (50%)

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 subject

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

Introduction to local and national perspectives on lower secondary curriculum. Critical analysis and evaluation of English documents. Curriculum planning processes. Micro-teaching- planning, teaching and evaluating lessons. Teaching for diversity of learners' needs.

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