Faculty of Education

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton First semester 2015 (Day)
Peninsula First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mrs Marian Nicolazzo (Clayton); Dr Jennifer Rennie (Peninsula)


This unit is the first of two that develop students' understanding of English and literacies learning in the Victorian and Australian curriculum. This unit focuses on the range of ways children encounter and use literacy in a diverse social, cultural and technological world. It introduces conceptual frameworks for understanding and critiquing the processes of how children learn about literacy. Students explore the importance of translating home and community learning into various institutional settings and vice versa. The teaching of literacy is examined from a number of current theoretical perspectives, and students develop appropriate pedagogical practices that support children's literacy learning. With a particular focus on the early years, the unit explores effective pedagogies to enhance children's oral language, reading, writing and visual literacies, taking into account issues related to information and communication technology.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. critically reflect upon and develop their own personal English and literacy skills
  2. demonstrate their understandings of what constitutes texts within a multiliteracies environment
  3. demonstrate their understandings of what 'counts' as literacy
  4. demonstrate their understandings of how literacy is enacted in various different cultural and social settings, including homes, communities, daycare, pre-school and school
  5. demonstrate knowledge of a range of theoretical perspectives related to how young children learn and develop their literacy knowledge, skills and understandings
  6. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of effective ways to plan, teach and assess learning experiences to develop young children's early reading, writing, oral language and visual literacies.


Multimodal report on multiple approaches to literacy education (can include individual and/or group work) (2000 words or equivalent per student, 50%)
Integrated unit of work and/or resources on effective literacy practices (can include individual and/or group work) (2000 words or equivalent per student, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 2 hours per week

(b.) Additional requirements:

  • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

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