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The Practice (PCK) of Teaching English (9886.2)

Level: Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1, 4
Faculty: Faculty of Education
Discipline: Academic Program Area - Education


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In this unit literacy and its relationship to language and language teaching is examined. It stresses the interrelationship between literacy and language development, learning and teaching. Literacy does not act the same way in all societies or in all educational and social contexts. Effective teachers of language and literacy need a depth of theoretical knowledge and breadth of pedagogical understanding and skills. Students will study what language is, how it develops from birth and relations between language acquisition, learning, teaching and culture. It introduces, explores and develops the key theoretical and pedagogical principles and skills needed to be effective teacher s of language and literacy. Students will have opportunities to analyse children's reading and writing processes. They will examine the national English curriculum F-10 and explore, design, demonstrate and evaluate practices for teaching, assessing and promoting children's literacy development.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Engage with research on literacy and language development for children from different socio-cultural contexts and with different abilities;

2. Understand the roles adults play in childrens literacy development, and oral language as a foundational for literacy success;

3. Understand the key theoretical and pedagogical principles and skills needed to be an effective teacher of language and literacy;

4. Understand the language and literacy development from birth to fluency and of the content descriptions of the three interrelated national curriculum strands of Language, Literature and Literacy;

5. Demonstrate skills in exploring, designing, carrying out and evaluating teaching methods, and for assessing and promoting literacy development for children from different socio-cultural contexts and with different abilities; and

6. Communicate, interpersonal and organisation skills.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

3 hours per week and professional experience x 5 days.


Students must have passed 36 credit points including unit 9863 Core Literacy.



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