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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Advanced

Former School/College

Former School of Education

Unit aim

This unit develops higher-level understandings of literacy pedagogy, skills and knowledge.  This is then applied with a practical focus on planning and programming, application of curriculum and learning routines, and assessment for effective literacy learning with respect to both early childhood and primary settings. The diversity of literacy learners and differentiation of the curriculum are addressed, as is the effective use of ICTs in the teaching of literacy in diverse classrooms.

Unit content

Differentiation and Diversity:

Knowledge of multi-literacies and other literacies across and within the English curriculum and the teaching of literacy (visual, multi-literacies, techno-literacies).

Ways of differentiating curriculum to meet the diverse needs of learners in the English classroom/early childhood settings including use of IEP/PLSs, visual, multi-literacies, and techno-literacies: for EAL/D students; low SES students; culturally diverse students; students from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds; and gifted and talented. students.

Role and value of English in the broader school/early childhood curriculum, including, e.g. syllabus, EAL/D scales, and the relationship between English other KLAs.

Pedagogy, Skills and Knowledge:

Understanding the elements of the physical, psychological and social classroom/early childhood environment, including online learning environments and literacy teaching routines. 

Application of knowledge of the literacy curriculum, teaching and learning strategies, resources, and pedagogy to the teaching of literacy in early childhood and primary contexts.

Deepening understanding about literacy programs and interventions in use in schools/centres, with special focus on the teaching of phonics and phonemic awareness in the processes of becoming literate.

Knowledge and evaluation of a range of contemporary literacy programs and interventions in use in centres/schools

Role and value of English in the broader school curriculum including cross-curriculum priorities and general capabilities with a focus on literacy and numeracy

Literacy Assessment:

Assessment of literacy needs; types of literacy assessment for use with children early years to 12; the assessment cycle; assessment strategies; continuous assessment; recording and reporting; NAPLAN and its place; program evaluation.

Using literacy assessment data to design differentiated learning activities.

Planning for literacy learning:

Planning for, with scholarly justification, the establishment of a literacy learning environment.

Planning for literacy learning, including: establishment of pedagogies for early childhood and primary settings, kinds of planning (year, term, unit and weekly plans); engaging with the content/elements of planning; completing a quality plan for literacy teaching; accommodating for and understanding student differences and needs; assessment for planning.

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 evaluate a range of contemporary literacy programs and interventions and teaching strategies for children early years to 12 years and how they are implemented in schools/EC centres. Knowledge of a discipline Cultural competence
2 analyse how teachers develop learning routines around the teaching of the elements of literacy. Knowledge of a discipline Cultural competence
3 design formative and summative assessment tasks with feedback, moderation and reporting for the assessment of literacy learning. Knowledge of a discipline Cultural competence
4 design a unit of work which includes differentiated teaching and learning strategies and the effective use of ICTs to meet the needs of diverse classrooms and to empower learners across key transition points Knowledge of a discipline Cultural competence

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

  1. evaluate a range of contemporary literacy programs and interventions and teaching strategies for children early years to 12 years and how they are implemented in schools/EC centres.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  2. analyse how teachers develop learning routines around the teaching of the elements of literacy.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  3. design formative and summative assessment tasks with feedback, moderation and reporting for the assessment of literacy learning.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  4. design a unit of work which includes differentiated teaching and learning strategies and the effective use of ICTs to meet the needs of diverse classrooms and to empower learners across key transition points
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.