This unit (ETP5001) of study focuses on the development of language and literacy in the Lower Primary context. Preservice teachers will develop a strong disciplinary understanding of how to teach across the three strands of language, literacy and literature as articulated in the Primary English Curriculum. The unit will develop pedagogical content knowledge in the teaching of reading, writing, speaking and listening. The unit also requires students to reflect on their personal literacy skills and knowledge and make connections to professional practice. Students will be introduced to the theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of how to teach literacy and language in a Lower Primary classroom. Practical approaches to the teaching of grammar, phonics, comprehension and literature will involve the study of English language conventions and structures.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Design a self-assessment plan based on the LANTITE results for improving literacy content knowledge and skills. Present a poster detailing a method of how this plan is going to be enacted with reference to the AITSL standards;  
  2. Critically reflect on a range of pedagogies to teach Language and Literacy conventions required in the Lower Primary Years;  
  3. Reflect on theoretical models of language and literacy practice to inform an understanding of professional content knowledge;  
  4. Design and construct a unit of work comprising a series of 3 lesson plans supported by contextualised resources with evidence of differentiated learning and formative and summative assessment; and draw on data to report on student learning and achievement; and  
  5. Demonstrate ability to teach language conventions, techniques, modes of communication and forms of representation in virtual and traditional text contexts and situations.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Poster Diagnostic assessment of personal and professional literacy content knowledge. 15%
Assignment Plan a series of 3 literacy lessons with reference to the Victorian English Curriculum standards. 55%
Presentation Video recording based on lesson components that demonstrate either language, literacy or literature teaching strategies 30%
All assessments, equivalent to 5000 words of written assessment in total, must be satisfactorily completed in order to complete the unit.

Required reading

Literacy in Australia. Pedagogies for Engagement. 3rd Edition
Seely Flint, A., Kitson, L., Lowe, K., Shaw, K. Humphrey, S., Vicars. M, and Rogers, J. (2020)
Milton, Queensland: John Wiley & Sons.

Links to recommended readings and resources for this unit will be provided to students via the Learning Management System (VU Collaborate)

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