Subject details

  • Topics
    • Introduction and overview to literacy for the 21st century and assessing own literacy development
    • Becoming an effective teacher of language literature and literacy, the necessary background knowledge and skills of the pre-service teacher?
    • Assessment of literacy - looking at data from children and relating it to develop children's learning
    • Pedagogies for teaching
    • Resources for learning
    • Working with today's learners - what do they have to build understanding around?
    • Making meaning across multimodal texts
    • Developing fluent readers and writers
    • Instructional design including comprehension strategies for multimodal learning
    • Organising for literacy instruction and planning for learning using the Australian Curriculum- Part A
    • Organising for literacy instruction and planning for learning using the Australian Curriculum - Part B
    • Catering for diverse learners and learners of English as an additional language
    • Reflection and review
  • 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
      • Online Assessment
      • FAQs
      • Audio-Video streaming

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

  1. research and analyse current language and literacy theories and practices
  2. explain how current language and literacy theories and practices have been applied to primary classroom contexts
  3. integrate knowledge of the needs of students from diverse backgrounds and across the full range of abilities to develop differentiated teaching and learning experiences that support and challenge all students in language and literacy
  4. apply discipline knowledge, principles and concepts to plan for the delivery and evaluation of teaching and learning experiences that will impact on student learning in the primary English curriculum
  5. appraise a range of resources, including technologies, and make appropriate selections to inform language and literacy programs.
  • Assignment 1 - Exercises (60%)
  • Assignment 2 - Case Study (40%)

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 encompasses contemporary language and literacy theories and broad content for the language and literacy areas of the English curriculum. It will focus on applying what is learnt about teaching, children’s development, learning and assessment to the context of language and literacy teaching in primary classrooms. The subject explores processes for the design and organisation of appropriate learning opportunities for effective language and literacy instruction using a range of instructional procedures.

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