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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

Builds on TCH10174 - Curriculum Specialisation: English I. 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 11-12 classroom.

Unit content

1. Knowledge of English Stages 6
2. Knowledge of pedagogy in relation to teaching English
3. Knowledge of curriculum requirements for teaching English

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 demonstrate a broad and critical understanding of the concepts and content of Stage 6, including recent theory and research in the discipline, contemporary perspectives and issues, and cultural contexts of relevance Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
2 understand and discuss the role of the English syllabus in the senior secondary NSW curriculum Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
3 develop engaging and effective units of work and lesson plans related to selected theoretical and practical content and learning outcomes from the Stage 6 syllabi, demonstrating familiarity with the required syllabus outcomes, objectives, key competencies, knowledge, skills and understandings Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Communication and social skills
4 apply current pedagogical theory including the NSW DET 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 Stage 6 Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Communication and social skills
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 Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Communication and social skills
6 identify and critically examine assessment and reporting procedures and strategies in the context of the Preliminary and HSC standards-referenced assessment framework Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Communication and social skills
7 prepare units of work and marking criteria using outcomes in the Stage 6 Syllabus with a particular emphasis on either: reading/writing, listening/speaking or viewing/representing. Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Communication and social skills

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

  1. demonstrate a broad and critical understanding of the concepts and content of Stage 6, including recent theory and research in the discipline, contemporary perspectives and issues, and cultural contexts of relevance
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. understand and discuss the role of the English syllabus in the senior secondary NSW curriculum
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. develop engaging and effective units of work and lesson plans related to selected theoretical and practical content and learning outcomes from the Stage 6 syllabi, demonstrating familiarity with the required syllabus outcomes, objectives, key competencies, knowledge, skills and understandings
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  4. apply current pedagogical theory including the NSW DET 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 Stage 6
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  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
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  6. identify and critically examine assessment and reporting procedures and strategies in the context of the Preliminary and HSC standards-referenced assessment framework
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  7. prepare units of work and marking criteria using outcomes in the Stage 6 Syllabus with a particular emphasis on either: reading/writing, listening/speaking or viewing/representing.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

  • Available from: http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/syllabus_hsc/english/eng-std-adv-prescriptions-2009-14.html: Board of Studies, 2009, HSC English Prescriptions 2009–14..
  • Available from: http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/syllabus_hsc/english/eng-std-adv-prescriptions-2015-20.html: Board of Studies NSW, 2013, HSC English Prescriptions 2015–20..
  • Available from: http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/syllabus_hsc/english/english-adv-module-b.html : Board of Studies, 2007, English advanced Module B: Critical study of texts, support document..
  • Board of Studies NSW, 2009, Stage 6 Syllabus, English, Board of Studies, Sydney, NSW.
  • Gannon, S & Sawyer, W, 2009, Charged with meaning: Re-viewing English, 3rd edn, Phoenix Press, Putney, NSW.
  • Winton, T, 1991, Cloudstreet, McPhee Gribble, Melbourne, Vic.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.