EDF1205 - English education 1 - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Chief examiner(s)

Anne Keary


Kelly Carabott (Clayton)
Karina Barley (Peninsula)

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)




This unit introduces students to the complexities involved in teaching English and literacy, and in developing theoretical perspectives on learning and teaching in the field. Students develop their own discipline knowledge of English. They are encouraged to research changing practices in the teaching of English, critically reflect on their own beliefs and teaching practices, and develop a robust theoretical perspective on the learning and teaching of literacy for a diverse range of learners. They focus on the range of ways children encounter and use symbol systems while exploring their diverse everyday worlds and building their literacy skills. Students develop understanding of relevant local and national English curriculum for schools, and the interrelated strands of language, literature and literacy.


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

  1. identify a range of theoretical perspectives on effective English and literacy teaching and learning approaches
  2. understand the importance of using a variety of texts and literature as part of an effective literacy program
  3. demonstrate competence in the use of a range of information and communication technologies (ICT) in accessing relevant research literature, developing teaching resources and strategies, and presenting evidence of their own learning in the area of English and literacy
  4. understand the connections between home, community and school literacy practices for the teaching and learning of literacy
  5. demonstrate an understanding of primary school curriculum relation to literacy learning.


Developing pedagogies for English and literacy practices (1600 words equivalent, 40%)

Curriculum planning in English (2400 words equivalent, 60%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • 24 contact hours over the semester
  2. Additional requirements:
    • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week

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