Subject details

  • Topics
    • Introduction to Language and Literacy
    • Language: Making Meanings in Social Contexts
    • Englishes (including AboriginalEnglish)
    • Language and Culture
    • Understanding Oral Language
    • Language Development
    • Multiliteracies
    • Perspectives of Literacy?
    • Learning to Read
    • Children's Literature
    • Learning to Write
    • English in The Australian Curriculum and Early Years Learning Framework
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • E-Portfolios

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

  1. develop personal literacy skills for academic and professional contexts and demonstrate personal academic integrity
  2. assess personal levels of competence and confidence about language and literacy and successfully implement a plan to meet required standards
  3. demonstrate an understanding of multiliteracies through applying them for different purposes in diverse contexts and at different times
  4. evaluate the roles of language and languages in diverse contexts as central to living and learning.
  • Assignment 1 - Essay (40%)
  • Assignment 2 - Exercises (40%)
  • Assignment 3 - Test (20%)

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

This subject was previously known as Valuing Language.

Please be aware that the subject EDC131 Language and Literacy for Teachers is a mandatory subject for all students in either the Bachelor of Education (ECE) or the Bachelor of Education (Primary) degree. All degrees at Curtin University are required to contain a subject that covers the essential skills of academic writing and referencing and the University’s Academic Integrity guidelines. In these two degrees, that content is covered in EDC131. Therefore it is a University requirement that this subject cannot be granted as credit on the basis of studies completed elsewhere. All students must complete EDC131 as a first year subject. If students are seeking credit for similar subjects completed elsewhere, credit can be given for an Elective subject in the programs instead.

This subject provides an introduction to language, its development, use and centrality to living and learning. Effective teaching of language, literature and literacy rests upon theoretical understanding and practical appreciation of the roles of language and languages in all socio-cultural contents. The modes, textual varieties, purposes and functions of English are emphasised as students develop confidence in their own academic and professional literacy.

This subject emphasises Standard 2 (know the content and how to teach it) of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. In addition, the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority’s Curriculum Specification 1 (psychology and child development), 2 (Education and curriculum studies), 3 (early childhood pedagogies) and 4 (family and community contexts) are addressed.

Please Note:  If it’s your first time studying a Curtin University subject you’ll need to complete their compulsory ‘Academic Integrity Program’. It only takes two hours to complete online, and provides you with vital information about studying with Curtin University. The Academic Integrity Program is compulsory, so if it’s not completed your subject grades will be withheld.

Find out more about the Academic Integrity module.

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