Faculty of Education

Undergraduate, Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate, Postgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Education
Coordinator(s)Dr Scott Bulfin (Clayton); Professor Simone White (Gippsland)


EDF4406 English Education is a six point curriculum specialism unit, which enables pre-service education students to build a strong foundation for their professional learning as teachers of English, literature, literacy and related subjects in secondary school (Years 7-12). Students develop their capabilities in developing appropriate curriculum and pedagogy in these curriculum areas. Through an examination of the national policy and various State-based curricula, students are familiarised with current developments in English literacy education.


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

  1. critically reflect on their beliefs, ethical practices and experiences in regard to subject English and in regard to their teaching of this subject
  2. competently use a variety of communication strategies in different modes and in different teaching and learning contexts
  3. actively participate in professional conversations about issues pertinent to English education
  4. evaluate their own experiences of teaching English in schools and/or other settings
  5. design and publish text-related tasks and artefacts for students in schools and plan accompanying professional learning activities that could be used with peers and/or professional colleagues in schools.


This unit is graded Pass Grade Only (PGO); Assessment task 1: An evaluative piece focusing on the teaching of writing (2,000 words; 50%); Assessment task 2: Development of curriculum materials (and professional learning activities) related to the teaching of text (2,000 words equivalent; 50%.

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Scott Bulfin (Clayton)

Contact hours

3 hrs per week


Level 3, undergraduate degree, or by special permission, and at least a minor sequence in 'English literature' or 'Literary studies', or a minor sequence in 'Writing' together with a part in 'English literature' or 'Literary studies' , and must have passed in EDF4112 English language and literacy education or EDF5436


Students must be enrolled simultaneously in a professional experience unit(s).


EDF5437 English Education B