Subject details

  • Topics
    • Introduction to teaching literacy - theories, oral language and community
    • The literacy program - processes and approaches
    • Children's literature - multimodal texts, using all modes for learning
    • Scaffolding literacy development
    • Reading Development
    • Teaching Reading - phonics
    • Reading - Comprehension
    • Writing Development
    • Writing - teaching text and language features
    • Diversity and teaching English language learners
    • Reflection
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Chat Rooms
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Online Assessment
      • Audio-Video streaming

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

  1. demonstrate knowledge of the English curriculum and principles associated with effective teaching in the early years
  2. interpret and apply theory of children’s literacy development
  3. select appropriate content, assessment items, teaching strategies and resources in relation to the Australian Curriculum (or local curriculum documents)
  4. plan, structure and sequence English learning programs.
  • Assignment 1 - Essay (40%)
  • Assignment 2 - Exercises (60%)

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 will enable pre-service teachers to recognise and translate theory of children’s literacy development. The subject will prepare pre-service teachers to plan, assess and deliver English learning programs for children aged five to eight. A main focus will be on knowledge of curriculum documents and English content areas of language, literacy and literature.

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.

Related degrees