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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Introduction to Developing Early Literacy - Review first Literacy Unit: Literacy for Teachers
    • The foundations of literacy learning and some key teaching strategies for developing early literacy
    • The key elements of early reading - phonological awareness
    • The key elements of early reading - phonics
    • Comprehension, Vocabulary and Fluency
    • The key elements of early writing - developing ideas
    • The key elements of early writing - text types and language features
    • How to teach grammar as part of writing
    • The importance of Children's Literature and digital literacies
    • Teaching English Language Learners
    • The Literacy Classroom
    • Planning and managing literacy learning
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Blog
      • Chat Rooms
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • E-Portfolios
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
      • Wikis

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

  1. develop a knowledge base of skills, conventions and processes of language, literature and literacies
  2. critique and contest current theories and issues in English teaching
  3. analyse effective teaching of skills, processes and strategies in language, literature and literacies
  4. evaluate skills, processes and strategies for becoming an effecive teacher of language literature and literacies
  5. demonstrate knowledge and application of professional literacies.
  • Assignment 1 - Exercises (50%)
  • Assignment 2 - Essay (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

Entry Requirements

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject emphasises comprehensive knowledge and application of the skills, conventions, processes and strategies for teaching English in Primary School (Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, Standard 2, know the content and how to teach it). Students develop personal and professional literacies, an English teaching philosophy and extensive instructional and pedagogical strategies for promoting children's literacy during the primary school years.

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