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
OfferedBerwick Second semester 2015 (Day)
Peninsula Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Julie Faulkner (Berwick); Dr Joanne Quick (Peninsula)


This unit further develops students' understanding of the complexities involved in the teaching of English and literacy and in developing theoretical perspectives on the learning and teaching of literacy and expert teaching practice in this field. The focus is on middle and upper primary. Students are encouraged to research changing literacy practices, critically reflect on their own beliefs and teaching practices, and develop a robust theoretical perspective on the learning and teaching of literacy to a diverse range of learners. Students critically examine current literacy practices, including assessment, curriculum and reporting of literacy learning, in order to develop effective methods of literacy pedagogy and planning in their own teaching. Students' pedagogical practices take into account the changing social futures and needs of primary school students.


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

  1. identify a range of theoretical perspectives on effective literacy learning in the middle and upper primary and secondary years
  2. reflect on their personal professional learning during placement and implement teaching and learning strategies that demonstrate an understanding of a range of effective and inclusive teaching strategies for literacy in the middle and upper primary classroom, including approaches to planning, assessment and reporting
  3. explore ways to integrate literacy teaching across the curriculum
  4. understand the importance of using a variety of texts and literature as part of an effective literacy program
  5. become competent in the use of a range of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in accessing relevant research literature, in accessing and developing teaching resources and strategies, and in presenting evidence of their own learning in the area of literacy.


Professional portfolio of English and literacy practice (2000 words equivalent, 50%)
Curriculum planning in English and literacy (2000 words equivalent, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

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

  • 2 contact 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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