Subject details

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

  1. examine local, national and global research and evidence-based practices in English in Lower Secondary
  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.
  • 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: what should we use in the classroom?
    • 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 Associations
    • Review and Reflection
  • Study resources

    • Instructional Methods

      • Standard Media
      • Online assignment submission
      • Web links
      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
    • Online Materials

      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Online Assessment
      • Resources and Links

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

You must either have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this unit, or currently be enrolled in the following subject(s); or enrol in the following subject(s) to study at the same time or prior to this subject:

CUR-EDS102-Teaching in the Secondary School

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject was previously known as EDS121 Curriculum and Instruction Lower Secondary: English.

This subject is designed to prepare pre-service Lower Secondary English teachers. Focus will be on curriculum planning, teaching strategies, evaluation, resources, the demonstration of positive impact on student learning and research relating to Lower Secondary English. Teaching and learning practices to support and challenge a diverse student cohort are explored.

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  • Student Literature Website (50%)
  • Planning Resource (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.

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