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 First semester 2015 (Day)
Peninsula First semester 2015 (Day)
City (Melbourne) Term 1 2015 (On-campus block of classes)
Coordinator(s)Dr Jane Kirkby (Berwick); Dr Denise Chapman (City); Dr Jane Bone (Peninsula)


This unit uses creative approaches to develop students' knowledge and understanding of English discipline specific content. Students learn how to develop personal literacy through integrated approaches and an explicit focus on reading recovery and language development across reading, writing, speaking and listening. Students explore a wide range of literature suitable for children and engage with various approaches to storytelling and language arts, including digital and cross-arts storytelling. Students develop their skills in English and literacy including how to critically analyse texts, how to select and present literature for children and methods of integrating language arts across the curriculum. By developing their own English communication skills as story makers and tellers, students gain an understanding of pedagogies for engaging children in literature and developing literacies through storytelling.


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

  1. develop knowledge and understanding of English discipline specific content and how to develop personal literacy
  2. develop knowledge of the diversity of genres in children's literature
  3. demonstrate an understanding of effective selecting of literature for children of diverse backgrounds and abilities that will promote literacy
  4. show their developing competency in presenting literature and stories to children in a variety of ways that promote oral and written literacy
  5. develop an appreciation of the role literature, storytelling and the arts play in health and wellbeing, sustainability, intercultural communication and Indigenous Australian and Asian people's cultures and perspectives
  6. understand and apply varied approaches to integrating the study of English language, literature and language arts across the curriculum.


Children's literature, storytelling and arts-based investigation (2000 words or equivalent, 50%)
Multimedia research assignment on English and literacy (2000 words or 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

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