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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

School/College

School of Education

Unit aim

Provides a theoretical and research-based understanding of the development of children’s (reading, writing, talking and listening) skills in the early childhood and primary classroom. Students will develop the practical skills necessary for the role of teacher as assessor, planner and facilitator of the development of literacy skills. In particular students will learn to design assessment, teaching and learning strategies that maximise student engagement and inclusivity; employ ICTs; and integrate English with other KLAs. The unit also focuses on key transition points between early childhood, primary and secondary settings.

Unit content

Curriculum, scope and sequence:

Scope and sequence of English curriculum (Early Childhood – Primary – Kindergarten – Year 6) for English teaching.

English content strands: Language, Literacy and Literature.

Curriculum in Australia: National and State based English curriculum, including curriculum structure, content and use within planning for teaching English. Australian Curriculum: Cross curriculum priorities and General Capabilities.

Research evidence related to teaching reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

Teaching pedagogy:

Models of pedagogy for teaching English content: Reading and Viewing, Writing and Representing, and Speaking and Listening. Content: reading; phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary knowledge, text comprehension, concepts of print, grammar, punctuation, spelling, writing, text types and handwriting.

Inclusive pedagogies for teaching English to students from EAL and/or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds.

Assessment:

Assessment across Early Childhood and Primary Education (Kindergarten/Foundation – Year 6) including assessment for, as and of learning.

Range of assessment strategies and types of assessment; diagnostic, formative and summative assessment appropriate to stages of learning and literacy areas.

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 review current academic literature about English curriculum and pedagogy for Primary Years: Foundation/Kindergarten – Year 6 Intellectual rigour
2 demonstrate knowledge of the structure, content and requirements of the Australian Curriculum F-6 English and NSW K-6 English Syllabus Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
3 design a teaching and assessment sequence for the curriculum content and pedagogy for English across: Speaking and Listening, Reading and Viewing and Writing and Representing Knowledge of a discipline Communication and social skills
4 prepare lesson plans which incorporate the Australian Curriculum General Capabilities and Cross Curriculum Priorities within K-6 English curriculum Knowledge of a discipline Communication and social skills

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

  1. review current academic literature about English curriculum and pedagogy for Primary Years: Foundation/Kindergarten – Year 6
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  2. demonstrate knowledge of the structure, content and requirements of the Australian Curriculum F-6 English and NSW K-6 English Syllabus
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. design a teaching and assessment sequence for the curriculum content and pedagogy for English across: Speaking and Listening, Reading and Viewing and Writing and Representing
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  4. prepare lesson plans which incorporate the Australian Curriculum General Capabilities and Cross Curriculum Priorities within K-6 English curriculum
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

  • Tompkins, G, Smith, C, Campbell, R & Green, D, 2018, Literacy for the 21st Century: A Balanced Approach, 3rd edn, Pearson Australia, Melbourne. ISBN: 9781488615719.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.