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)
Coordinator(s)Dr Pearl Subban


This unit is the third in a sequence of three units to prepare students to teach English language, literacy and literature in primary schools. Students develop an understanding of their role as teachers of literacy across the curriculum with specific attention to Years 5 to 8. The unit explores a range of theoretical perspectives on the learning and teaching of English. Students also analyse current policy documents in order to understand how these mediate teachers' work.


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

  1. critically reflect upon their beliefs, ethical approaches and experiences of language and literacy learning in schools
  2. demonstrate their understanding of a range of effective and inclusive teaching strategies for developing literacy across the curriculum, including approaches to planning, assessment and reporting
  3. critically examine the factors influencing current policy on English curriculum, pedagogy and assessment, including the influence of international and national testing
  4. competently use a range of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to access and develop teaching resources and strategies
  5. provide evidence of their own learning in the area of English language, literacy and literature
  6. develop units of work to address the increasingly complex literacy demands of the twenty-first century.


Analysis of student writing (2000 words equivalent, 50%)
Unit planning (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

  • 10 hours of independent study per week

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

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