Oral Language for Literacy and Learning

Subject EDUC90340 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2015.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

This subject will examine the role of oral language in classroom contexts, and the nature of student talk from a range of theoretical and practical perspectives. The significance of children's increasing language competence will be explored with reference to students' thinking, learning and comprehension of texts. The subject will focus on the relationship between language and literacy learning, strategies and approaches to support students' oral language development across a range of contexts and purposes, and the importance of strategic teacher talk in supporting students' learning.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the subject students will be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of theories of oracy related to literacy and learning;
  • articulate the purposes of classroom talk across a range of contexts and purposes; and
  • develop and extensive knowledge of strategies and approaches to promote students' language use.

Two assessment tasks equivalent to 5,000 words

  • An analysis of student talk interactions (2,000 words) due half way through the subject (40 per cent)
  • A negotiated project comprising an oral presentation (15 minutes, equivalent to 1000 words, 20 per cent) and a paper (2000 words, 40 per cent) due at the end of the subject.

Attendance at all classes (tutorial/seminars/practical classes/lectures/labs) is obligatory. Failure to attend 80% of classes will normally result in failure in the subject.

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

This subject aims to build skills in:

  • understanding the relationship between theoretical perspectives and classroom practice;
  • analysis and critical reflection on classroom practice; and
  • a capacity to articulate knowledge and understanding in oral and written presentations.
Related Course(s): Master of Education (Stream 100A) Coursework and Thesis A

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