Unit aim

Provides a theoretical and research-based understanding of the development of children’s (reading, writing, talking and listening) skills in the early childhood and primary classroom. Students will develop the practical skills necessary for the role of teacher as assessor, planner and facilitator of the development of literacy skills. In particular students will learn to design assessment, teaching and learning strategies that maximise student engagement and inclusivity; employ ICTs; and integrate English with other KLAs. The unit also focuses on key transition points between early childhood, primary and secondary settings.

Unit content

Curriculum, scope and sequence:

Scope and sequence of English curriculum (Early Childhood- Primary curriculum) for language teaching and learning and support resources for Early Childhood and Primary literacy and English teaching (early years to 12).

Understanding of transitional stages of education (home- Early Childhood, Primary, Primary- Secondary).  

Multi-literacies and other literacies across and within the English curriculum and the teaching of literacy (visual, multi-literacies, critical and techno-literacies).

Research evidence related to teaching reading, writing, speaking, listening

Pedagogy:

Models of pedagogy for teaching English Language (reading and viewing, writing and responding, speaking and listening) including; reading, phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary knowledge, text comprehension, concepts of print, grammar, punctuation, spelling, writing and handwriting.

Inclusive pedagogies for teaching literacy to students from EAL and/or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds including ICT pedagogies and strategies.

Assessment:

Linking assessment to language acquisition and literacy development across Early Childhood and Primary education contexts and settings (early years-12) including assessment for and of learning.

Range of assessment strategies and types of assessment; diagnostic, formative and summative assessment appropriate to stages of learning and literacy areas.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • This text will be used for the weekly readings and is a compulsory text for the unit: Winch, G, Ross Johnston, R, March, P, Ljungdahl, L & Holliday, M, 2014, Literacy Reading, Writing and Children’s Literature, 5th edn, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. ISBN: 9780195521160.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Coffs Harbour

Teaching method
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (10 weeks)
Structured online learning 1 hour (10 weeks)
Assessment
English Curriculum - summary and resources40%
English Curriculum- teaching and assessment activities 60%

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (10 weeks)
Structured online learning 1 hour (10 weeks)
Assessment
English Curriculum - summary and resources40%
English Curriculum- teaching and assessment activities 60%

Lismore

Teaching method
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (10 weeks)
Structured online learning 1 hour (10 weeks)
Assessment
English Curriculum - summary and resources40%
English Curriculum- teaching and assessment activities 60%

Online

Teaching method
Tutorial online 2 hours (10 weeks)
Structured online learning 1 hour (10 weeks)
Assessment
English Curriculum - summary and resources40%
English Curriculum- teaching and assessment activities 60%
Notice

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