This unit consists of two interrelated components of study. In part one of their study, preservice teachers investigate language and literacy conventions as they correspond to the development of reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing, and creating texts. Preservice teachers will develop a strong disciplinary understanding of language comprehension, grammatical and vocabulary conventions and language / communications use and function to develop their pedagogical knowledge and skills across the English curriculum strands of language and literacy in social contexts. The study of literacy education in the primary years is framed by praxis inquiry that enables preservice teachers to reflect on their personal literacies, skills, knowledge and understanding of theoretical, philosophical, and practical approaches to the teaching of language and literacy and the concepts, conventions and structures of English to be taught to students.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Design and construct a self-assessment plan for assessing personal literacy skills and implement a personal plan of remedial action for improvement;  
  2. Critically reflect on pedagogic knowledge of Language and Literacy conventions required in Literacy Education in the Primary Years;  
  3. Evaluate models of language and literacy development and the types of teaching and learning practices and activities that are successful in improving students' literacy; and  
  4. Design and construct a digital POSTER to assist students in developing mastery and use of language conventions, techniques, modes of communication and forms of representation in virtual and traditional text contexts and situations.  
  5. Demonstrate capacity in engaging parents in the reporting of student learning and achievement process.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Report Diagnostic assessment of personal and professional literacy content knowledge. 30%
Assignment Plan a series of 3 literacy lessons with reference to the Victorian English Curriculum standards. 40%
Presentation Construct a poster that provides an informed account of literacy learning in the Primary Years. 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.
Seely Flint, A., Kitson, L., Lowe, K., & Shaw, K. (2014).
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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