units

EDF4857

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
OfferedClayton First semester 2013 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Graham Parr (Clayton); Professor Simone White (Gippsland)

Notes

This unit is Part A of a two-part unit and must be taken in conjunction with Part B (EDF4858).

Synopsis

This unit enables pre-service education students to build a strong foundation for their career-long professional learning as teachers of English, literature, literacy and related subjects in secondary school (Years 7 to 12). Students work collaboratively and interdependently to develop their skills and knowledge in planning and implementing curriculum materials in the area of English language. Students also learn to appreciate how language, in its various modes and uses (including those involving ICTs), mediates the learning of all young people across a range of curriculum areas and in their outside-school lives. Through an examination of a range of national and international education policies and the Australian Curriculum: English, students are familiarised with current developments in theory and practice of English literacy education. The unit informs and facilitates students' active contributions to contemporary dialogue within the English teaching profession, drawing both on the rich traditions and on exciting innovations in English education, in Australia and internationally.

Outcomes

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. use, critically and creatively, a variety of communication strategies in different modes (including a range of ICTs) and in different teaching and learning contexts
  3. actively participate in professional conversations and debates about issues pertinent to English education
  4. inquire into, and develop, their professional identity as prospective teachers of English language, literature and literacy
  5. investigate the impact of recent language and literacy policy on curriculum, pedagogy, assessment and ethical issues in different subject areas
  6. enact and adjust as appropriate a variety of teaching strategies and practices that meet the needs of a diverse range of student learners, in a variety of settings and curriculum contexts.

Assessment

Assessment Task 1: A critical autobiographical narrative, drawing in part on a practicum experience (2000 words, 50%)
Assessment Task 2: A collaboratively designed unit of work focused on writing (2000 words equivalent, 50%)

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Average per week of 2-3 hours contact plus approximately 15 hours in self-directed study

Prerequisites

A minor sequence in English (literature or literary studies), or a minor sequence in writing, English language studies or linguistics together with a part in English (literature or literary studies)

Prohibitions

EDF4112 English language and literacy education