Advanced English Literacies

Subject EDUC90377 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 6.25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

July, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Sep-2015
Assessment Period End 13-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 21-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 09-Oct-2015

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 18 hours
Total Time Commitment:

85 hours

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Summer Term, Semester 1, Semester 2
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 Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

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Subject Overview:

This subject will lead teacher candidates to increase their understanding of the advanced forms of language and literacy that are developed in the middle years of schooling.

Candidates will engage with key research that indicates a significant transition in English literacy in the final years of primary school, the challenges facing teachers and school students in this phase of learning and the classroom practice that best supports middle years students’ learning.

Topics include: the multiple forms of literacy required for the comprehension, composition and production of complex texts central to English and other areas of the curriculum; the strategies that assist all school students to engage in comprehension; higher order thinking; critical analysis and inquiry around various written, visual, multimodal and technological texts; the development of academic language proficiency in reading, writing, listening and speaking, with a particular focus on the learning needs of ESL students.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject teacher candidates will be able to:

  • demonstrate understanding of the multiple forms of language and literacy required in English and across all areas of the curriculum in the final years of the primary school
  • analyse relevant research and current teaching practice that describe advanced forms of literacy and some of the challenges facing middle years teachers and students
  • implement teaching and assessment practices that support school students to comprehend, compose and produce more complex texts, with a particular focus on ESL school students
  • demonstrate an understanding of how to plan and implement their teaching of multiple forms of language and literacy in the middle years.

There are 2 assessment tasks:

  • An analysis and discussion paper (1000 words) due mid semester, 50%
  • An evaluation of curriculum (1000 words) due at the end of semester, 50%

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:

Collection of readings.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject teacher candidates will be able to:

  • Understand the significance of developing their practice on the basis of research evidence
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of teaching and assessment strategies that support students’ literacy learning; and
  • Communicate, effectively articulate and justify their planning of effective teaching in the middle years of schooling.

Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Teaching (Primary)

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