Developing Literacy Skills in Chinese

Subject EDUC90697 (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:

April, Parkville - Taught online/distance.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 19-Apr-2015 to 29-May-2015
Assessment Period End 10-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 27-Apr-2015
Census Date 01-May-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 22-May-2015

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: This subject is only available online.
Total Time Commitment:

85 hours


The following subject must have been successfully completed:

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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 provides an introduction to issues in literacy development, theories of reading and metalinguistic awareness development, research into Chinese first and second language learning, and presents recommendations for metalinguistic awareness and literacy development in the Chinese classroom. It provides opportunity to explore concepts related to the ways character forms (components) relate to meanings, and how these are used to make characters, and words and the consequent implications for learners and for sound teaching practice.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject students will be able to:

  • Understand the nature of reading development and consider the implications for the Chinese second language classroom
  • Identify the critical features of the Chinese writing system, and consider ways to represent these to school based learners
  • Apply interactive approaches to character teaching and learning in the classroom
  • Reflect on the value of particular concepts and processes for effective literacy development in the Chinese second language classroom.

Weekly participation in Discussion Forum activities, totalling approximately 1000 words, or equivalent 40%

Assignments comprising weekly tasks involving choice of texts, text analysis, research information on authors and content, and creative practice design, totalling approximately 1500 words, or equivalent, 60%

Prescribed Texts:

Online readings

Recommended Texts:

Students in this subject will be enabled to develop

  • an in-depth knowledge of their specialist discipline
  • the habit of critical reflection
  • awareness of ethnocentricity and the means to develop towards ethnorelativity
  • the ability to lead in innovative practice
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Related Course(s): Professional Certificate in Chinese Language Teaching
Specialist Certificate in Chinese Language Teaching

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