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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

Unit aim

Introduces students to English teaching in secondary education. Students learn about syllabus requirements, the development of a unit of work, the development of detailed lesson plans and the selection of appropriate assessment strategies. There is also an opportunity to reflect critically on contemporary perspectives and issues in the teaching of English in secondary schools. The focus in this unit is on the Years 7-10 classroom.

Unit content

1. Knowledge of English Years 7-10 (Stages 4 and 5) syllabus content
2. Knowledge of pedagogy
3. Knowledge of curriculum and assessment requirements

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 demonstrate broad and critical understanding of the concepts and content of the Years 7-10, including recent theory and research, contemporary perspectives and issues, and cultural contexts of relevance
2 understand and discuss the role of the English syllabus in the secondary curriculum
3 develop engaging and appropriate units of work and lesson plans related to selected theoretical and practical content and learning outcomes from either the English Years 7-10 syllabus, demonstrating familiarity with the required syllabus outcomes, objectives, key competencies, knowledge, skills and understandings
4 apply current pedagogical theory including the NSW DEC Quality Teaching Framework to the development of effective teaching and learning strategies that encourage students with a diversity of learning needs, styles and cultural backgrounds to engage effectively with English in Stages 4 and 5
5 exhibit a well-developed ability to utilise a range of strategies to assess student achievement of learning outcomes, to recognise how learners use their current understanding to discover, develop and incorporate new skills, knowledge and understanding, and to report the achievement of learning outcomes
6 identify and critically examine assessment and reporting procedures and strategies in the context of a standards-referenced assessment framework
7 prepare units of work and marking criteria using outcomes in the Years 7-10 syllabus with a particular emphasis on either: reading/writing, listening/speaking or viewing/representing.

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

  1. demonstrate broad and critical understanding of the concepts and content of the Years 7-10, including recent theory and research, contemporary perspectives and issues, and cultural contexts of relevance
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  2. understand and discuss the role of the English syllabus in the secondary curriculum
    • GA4:
  3. develop engaging and appropriate units of work and lesson plans related to selected theoretical and practical content and learning outcomes from either the English Years 7-10 syllabus, demonstrating familiarity with the required syllabus outcomes, objectives, key competencies, knowledge, skills and understandings
    • GA4:
  4. apply current pedagogical theory including the NSW DEC Quality Teaching Framework to the development of effective teaching and learning strategies that encourage students with a diversity of learning needs, styles and cultural backgrounds to engage effectively with English in Stages 4 and 5
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  5. exhibit a well-developed ability to utilise a range of strategies to assess student achievement of learning outcomes, to recognise how learners use their current understanding to discover, develop and incorporate new skills, knowledge and understanding, and to report the achievement of learning outcomes
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  6. identify and critically examine assessment and reporting procedures and strategies in the context of a standards-referenced assessment framework
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  7. prepare units of work and marking criteria using outcomes in the Years 7-10 syllabus with a particular emphasis on either: reading/writing, listening/speaking or viewing/representing.
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA6:

Prescribed texts

  • Gannon, S, Howie, M, & Sawyer, W (eds), 2009, Charged with meaning: Re-viewing English, 3rd edn, Phoenix Education, Melbourne, Vic. ISBN: 978-1-921586-18-7.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.