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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Former School/College

Former School of Education

Pre-requisites

96 credit points in any SCU units OR be admitted to course: 1151020 - Graduate Diploma of Education OR 3707000 - Bachelor of Education (Secondary)

Unit aim

Develops an understanding of communication and language requirements for teaching; the explicit nature of language and literacy, and thinking and questioning, as well as information and communication technologies. The importance of effective communication to meet needs of diverse and different learners is linked to appropriate pedagogical skills and tools.

Unit content

Module 1: Literacy Skills — Student Communication

  • Language and learning
  • Literacy demands
  • Supporting students with literacy needs.

Module 2: The Teacher’s Toolbox

  • Using language effectively in the classroom (reading, writing, speaking and listening)
  • Developing listening skills and techniques to engage students in discussion
  • Devising appropriate student group structures to address teaching and learning goals
  • Developing thinking skills and using questioning techniques designed to support learning
  • Strategies for inquiry learning.

Module 3: Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)

  • ICT theory, concepts and skills. ICT theory, concepts and skills.
  • Integration of ICT applications for KLAs in secondary education.
  • Computer Skills Assessment (Diagnostic self-assessment).

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 analyse the literacy demands of students together with the requirements of the syllabus and other available data to identify areas of literacy need
2 develop teaching plans that embody a literacy focus, incorporating the effective use of literacy strategies and assessment tasks to inform teaching, as well as developing specific strategies for students who require additional support
3 discuss policies, practices and strategies regarding diversity, difference, equity and access, and special needs of students, to achieve effective communication
4 evaluate the potential for and relevance of information and communication technologies to enhance learning and teaching in key learning areas and adapt innovative technologies using inclusive approaches to support student learning needs
5 use language effectively in the classroom (reading, writing, speaking, listening) and demonstrate thinking skills and questioning techniques to support learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. analyse the literacy demands of students together with the requirements of the syllabus and other available data to identify areas of literacy need
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  2. develop teaching plans that embody a literacy focus, incorporating the effective use of literacy strategies and assessment tasks to inform teaching, as well as developing specific strategies for students who require additional support
    • GA4:
  3. discuss policies, practices and strategies regarding diversity, difference, equity and access, and special needs of students, to achieve effective communication
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  4. evaluate the potential for and relevance of information and communication technologies to enhance learning and teaching in key learning areas and adapt innovative technologies using inclusive approaches to support student learning needs
    • GA4:
  5. use language effectively in the classroom (reading, writing, speaking, listening) and demonstrate thinking skills and questioning techniques to support learning.
    • GA6: