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Lismore
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Unit description

This discipline unit develops students’ understanding about the nature of English language as the basis for human communication. It investigates key knowledge and skills associated with the study of English as a discipline. It presents theories on the acquisition of language, and associated principles and practices. It investigates the importance of home, culture, language and context to the learning of language and literacy.

Unit content

The English Discipline:

  • Broad and critical knowledge and understanding of English as a discipline

Nature and role of Language:

  • Literature
  • Study of a broad range of literature that gives insights into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, multicultural and children’s experiences, for example texts from Australia and other countries, and children’s literature.  
  • Text types and genres of literature.
  • Literacies
  • Study of literacies (definition and concepts)
  • Types of literacies (Multi, critical, visual, techno-literacies) and links to ‘traditional written literacy’
  • Language: Spoken and receptive language (stages of development) and oral language.

Acquisition of Language:

  • Recent theory and practice related to acquisition of language (reading, writing, speaking, listening and visual literacy)
  • Language development including cultural considerations and multi/bilingualism including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages
  • Language acquisition

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1discuss the nature and role of English as a language of communication for participation in societyIntellectual rigourCultural competence
2investigate theories of language acquisition, and the relationship between language acquisition and learningIntellectual rigour
3demonstrate knowledge and skills associated with the study of English as a discipline, including textual analysis and engagement with literatureIntellectual rigour
4evaluate the importance of home, culture, language and context as part of language and literacy learning Communication and social skillsCultural competence
5demonstrate skills in personal, academic and disciplinary literaciesLifelong learningCommunication and social skills

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. discuss the nature and role of English as a language of communication for participation in society
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  2. investigate theories of language acquisition, and the relationship between language acquisition and learning
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  3. demonstrate knowledge and skills associated with the study of English as a discipline, including textual analysis and engagement with literature
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  4. evaluate the importance of home, culture, language and context as part of language and literacy learning
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  5. demonstrate skills in personal, academic and disciplinary literacies
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (10 weeks)
Structured online learning (10 weeks)
Assessment
Presentation40%
Essay60%

Teaching method
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (10 weeks)
Structured online learning (10 weeks)
Assessment
Presentation40%
Essay60%

Teaching method
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (10 weeks)
Structured online learning (10 weeks)
Assessment
Presentation40%
Essay60%

Teaching method
Tutorial online 1 hour (10 weeks)
Structured online learning (10 weeks)
Assessment
Presentation40%
Essay60%
Notice

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