Foundational English Literacy

Subject EDUC90367 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

February, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 06-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 14-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 13-May-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


Admission to the Master of Teaching (Primary)

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
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.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Paul Molyneux


Subject Overview:

This subject will introduce teacher candidates to research and practice that informs the development of literacy in the early years of schooling, the scope and sequence of language and literacy learning in the early years and the diverse nature of children’s language and literacy experiences in the prior-to school and school years.

Emphasis will be on theoretical perspectives of literacy acquisition and approaches that support the interrelationship between oral language, reading and writing. The focus here will be on the development of school students’ language with particular attention given to aspects of the English language such as phonology, vocabulary and grammar related to early reading and writing; theories of reading acquisition that inform the teaching of reading; the development of writing; curriculum frameworks and assessment tools; strategies to support whole, small group and individualised instruction in relation to print-based and multi-media texts to support literacy learning.

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • Demonstrate understanding of the impact of school students’ diversity on the design of language and literacy curriculum in the first and subsequent years of schooling;
  • Use their knowledge of contemporary theories of literacy learning and current professional perspectives to teach early reading and writing;
  • Design literacy curriculum to support school students’ language development and emergent literacy practices in educational contexts;
  • Implement assessment strategies to monitor school students’ development and to plan effective literacy programs.

There are 2 assessment tasks:

  • An analysis and critique of teaching practice (2000 words), due mid semester, 50%
  • A literature review (2000 words), due end of the semester, 50%

There is 1 hurdle requirement:

  • One hurdle task submitted in class mid semester

This subject has a minimum hurdle requirement of 80% attendance at all tutorials, seminars and workshops.

Prescribed Texts:

Hill, S. (2012). Developing early literacy: assessment and teaching. South Yarra: Eleanor Curtain Publishing.

Collection of readings

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of the subject, teacher candidates should:

  • Understand the significance of developing their practice on the basis of research and evidence.
  • Be able to critique, creatively plan, implement and evaluate curriculum.
  • Have the ability and confidence to participate effectively in collaborative learning contexts, while respecting individual differences.
  • Be confident and willing to use advanced communication technologies to support thier own learning and research and the learning of their students.
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Teaching (Primary)

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