Faculty of Education

Undergraduate, Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 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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LevelUndergraduate, Postgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Scott Bulfin (Day); Ms Sarah Rutherford (Off-campus)


This unit is part B of a two-part unit and must be taken in conjunction with part A (EDF4857).


This unit builds on EDF4857 English education in the secondary years A by extending pre-service students' capacities, as they continue 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 plan and implement appropriate curriculum in the area of English language. They also learn to appreciate how language, in its various modes and uses, including those involving information and communication technologies (ICTs) , mediates the learning of all young people in school 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 the theory and practice of English literacy education, with a particular focus on senior English curriculums. The unit informs and facilitates students' active contributions to contemporary dialogue within the English teaching profession, drawing both on the rich traditions and exciting innovations in English education in Australia and internationally.


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
  7. critically evaluate their practicum experiences of teaching English in schools and other settings
  8. design and publish text-related tasks and artefacts for teaching a diverse range of students in schools and collaboratively 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)

An evaluative piece focusing on an experience of teaching writing on a practicum (2000 words, 50%)
Design of innovative curriculum materials (and professional learning activities) related to the teaching of text (2000 words equivalent, 50%)

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Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

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

  • 2-3 contact hours per week

(b.) Additional requirements:

  • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week


EDF4857 or EDF4112