Learning Area Language and Literacy 2

Subject 460-582 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2008.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours
Total Time Commitment: 125 hours total commitment
Prerequisites: 460-581 Learning Area Language & Literacy 1
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Kristina Love
Subject Overview: The English Language and Literacy LAS offers practical and theoretical perspectives on literacy and language studies beyond those covered in the English Learning Area subject. In English Language and Literacy B, students will use their knowledge about language (KAL) to look more closely at the way in which KAL is taught within the year 7-10 secondary English program and to develop confidence in supporting language and literacy development across the curriculum. In addition, they will develop: awareness of key literacy support programs, understandings of the theoretical underpinnings of these; ability to adapt these for use in their own teaching contexts; and a critical capacity to examine a range of school-based, state-based and national literacy initiatives.
Assessment: There are 2 assessment tasks: A class presentation on the teaching of a language - focused unit of work with Year 7-10 students (2000 words equivalent) due mid semester (50%) A report of an Action Research Project (2000 words) due end of semester (50%)
Prescribed Texts: Grammar and Meaning: an introduction for teachers’ Louise Droga and Sally Humphrey, Target Texts, 2003 Making a Difference, 2004 (Department of Education, Victoria)
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

By the completion of the subject, teacher candidates will:

  • Have a well developed knowledge of the structures and functions of the English language;
  • Be able to design lessons and units of work which engage secondary school students in the disciplined study of spoken and written language;
  • Be able to diagnose the literacy needs of students at risk in the secondary school and design an appropriate intervention;
  • Have strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Be able to work collaboratively with other students/teachers in the preparation of programs for students at risk .

On completion of this subject, teacher candidates will have the knowledge, skills and understanding to enable them to:

  • Be skilled communicators who can effectively articulate and justify their practices as knowledgeable agents of changes.
  • Be flexible and able to adapt to change through knowing how to learn;
  • Understand the significance of developing their practice on the basis of research evidence;
  • Work in teams with skills in cooperation, communication and negotiation;
  • Be independent of mind, responsible, resilient, self-regulating;
  • Have a conscious personal and social values base.
Related Course(s): Master of Teaching (Secondary)
Master of Teaching (Secondary)

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