Faculty of Education

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedBerwick First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Pearl Subban


This unit is intended to enable students to develop their understanding of, and capacity for, developing appropriate curriculum and pedagogy across a range of subject areas, appreciating the importance of language and literacy in schooling and students' learning. It explores a range of theoretical perspectives on the learning and teaching of literacy, with respect to curriculum and pedagogy in the middle years (Years 5 to 8) of secondary schooling. Current policy environments are also examined in order to understand how these currently 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 secondary schools in relation to theoretical ideas of literacy learning in the middle years
  2. demonstrate their understanding of a range of effective and inclusive teaching strategies for literacy in the middle years, including approaches to planning, assessment and reporting
  3. explore issues related to integration of English language and literacy learning across different curriculum areas
  4. develop an understanding of recent language and literacy policy on curriculum, pedagogy, assessment including national testing, national curriculum and teacher professional standards
  5. become competent in the use of a range of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in accessing relevant research literature, in accessing and developing teaching resources and strategies and in presenting evidence of their own learning in the area of literacy.


Analysis of student writing (2000 words equivalent, 50%)
Planning reading curriculum (2000 words equivalent, 50%)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 3 contact hours per week

(b.) Additional requirements

  • 9 hours of independent study per week

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