The definition of literacy in the Australian Curriculum is informed by a social view of learning that considers how language works to construct meaning in different social and cultural contexts. This unit articulates the intrinsic and interdependent relationship between social context, meaning and language and developing pedagogic knowledge and skills across the literacy continuum of language, literature and literacy. Through this unit, you will demonstrate broad understanding of content, and a solid understanding of teaching practices to integrate theory and practice. This unit will prepare graduates with the knowledge of a diverse range of students, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, and a range of appropriate literacy pedagogies and teaching practices needed to be classroom ready. The unit continues the development of personal literacies, and addresses understandings of the concepts, substance and structure of English language. The pedagogies underpinning teaching listening, reading, viewing, speaking, writing and will be evidenced across a range of contexts: oracy, print, visual and digital texts, using and modifying language for different purposes in a range of contexts. The unit will familiarise you with a range of informal and formal diagnostic, formative and summative approaches to assessing student learning in literacy across the continuum in primary settings.

This unit links with the course intentions of guaranteeing that graduate teachers have deep and connected understandings of the content they are teaching and the pedagogical approaches for implementing the curriculum. This unit also connects with the course learning outcome of demonstrating an understanding of a broad and coherent body of knowledge of content, pedagogy, curriculum and assessment in relation to the changing nature of education in a rapidly-evolving global context.   

Unit details

Location:
Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
EEC4102

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Interrogate the knowledge and capability in the planning and teaching of a range of literacies, including mathematical literacy to diverse learners across the continuum in the primary curriculum areas;  
  2. Adopt differing forms of assessment to evaluate and plan effective learning and teaching of knowledge and skills across the literacy continuum, including providing forms of appropriate feedback to students about their literacy learning;  
  3. Identify key debates and principles in literacy education applied in practice as they relate to 21st century learning;  
  4. Identify their own future professional learning needs related to the teaching of literacy to culturally and academically diverse learners including those from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds; and  
  5. Elucidate the skills, knowledge and understanding of the English and literacy content, substance and structure required for teaching English in primary school and evaluate their own: content knowledge, pedagogic skills, ability to use evidence based assessment data to meet student needs.  
  6. Develop and present a self-assessment plan, which charts the ongoing development of their personal literacies throughout the course.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Report Report on theoretical and pedagogical aspects of the English curriculum. 30%
Review Reflection on professional literacy content and pedagogy connected to AITSL standard for graduating teachers. 30%
Project Plan, resource and reflect on the delivery of a scheme of work to include a sequence of lessons differentiated for learners of different abilities. 40%

Required reading

University students will be provided with an up-to-date reading list via the VU Collaborate system.

Literacy in Australia: pedagogies for engagement, 2nd edition
Seely Flint, A Kitson, L Lowe, K&Shaw, K 2014
John Wiley & Sons, Milton, Queensland

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