Teaching Secondary English PG (11363.1)
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Band 1 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of student development, how this affects student learning and implications for inclusive curriculum and teaching;
2. Display knowledge and understanding of the Australian Curriculum's cross-curriculum priorities and general capabilities;
3. Demonstrate a broad knowledge and understanding of the structure of the Australian Curriculum for English at secondary and senior secondary levels, the relationship between Language, Literature and Literacy and their significance to teaching and learning in the English classroom;
4. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the concepts, substance and structure of the content and teaching strategies needed in secondary English classroom;
5. Adopt a reflective approach to teaching and the related ability to plan for and implement to teaching, learning and assessment strategies that inform and have a positive impact on English learners in the contemporary secondary classroom;
6. Display knowledge and understanding of literacy, numeracy and ICT teaching strategies and resources, and how these can be used to expand curriculum learning opportunities for all students;
7. Identify and implement strategies to support inclusive student participation and engagement in classroom activities;
8. Demonstrate an understanding and ability to implement assessment strategies, including informal and formal, diagnostic, formative and summative approaches to assess and report student learning;
9. Demonstrate the capacity to organise and manage classroom activities and behaviour, to provide clear directions, and to maintain a supportive and safe learning environment; and
10. Engage with professional colleagues, and professional learning, to maintain a productive working environment and to improve professional practice.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
1. UC graduates are professional - work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict
2. UC graduates are global citizens - adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries
2. UC graduates are global citizens - behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings
Students should not enrol in this unit if Secondary English has not been identified as a teaching area in their initial offer letter. If you are unsure if the unit is approrpiate to you, please contact the unit convener for information.
PrerequisitesThis unit is only available to students in the Master of Secondary Teaching.
Students must have passed 11354 Using Data to Improve Learning AND 11351 Curriculum and Assessment in Secondary Education.
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Recommended readings for this unit include:
Boas & Gazis (2016). The Artful English Teacher: Over 100 practical strategies for the English classroom. Australian Association for the Teaching of English.
Butt, Fahey, Feez, Spinks & Yallop (2000) 2nd edition. Using Functional Grammar: An Explorer's Guide. Sydney: National Centre for English Language Teaching and Research, Macquarie University.
Campbell & Green (Eds.) (2000) Literacies and Learners: Current Perspectives. Malaysia: Prentice Hall.
Cope & Kalantzis (Eds.) (2000) Multiliteracies: Literacy Learning and the Design of Social Futures. London and New York: Routledge.
Gannon, Howie & Sawyer (Eds.) (2009). Charged with Meaning: Re-Viewing English (3rd Ed.). Melbourne: Phoenix Press.
Gee (2003) What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Literacy and Learning. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Quin & Driver (2020). Secondary English: Subject and Method. Melbourne: Cambridge University Press.
Shann (2014). Imagined Worlds and Classroom Realities. Sydney: Sense Publishers.
Simpson & White (Eds.) (2013) Language, Literacy & Literature. Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
Tovani (2000) I Read It, But I Don't Get It: Comprehension Strategies for Adolescent Readers. Portland: Stenhouse Publishers.
Wiliam & Leahy (2015) Embedding Formative Assessment. Moorabbin: Hawker Brownlow.
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
Approval of extenuating circumstances will be dependent upon the production of supporting documentation and at the discretion of the unit convener.
All assessment items required to be submitted online must be submitted via the appropriate Canvas drop box. It is the student's responsibility to upload the correct and corresponding draft or assessment item to the right submission section. Assignments must be submitted in a format accessible to the assessor(s), as stated on the relevant canvas site. If the unit convener and/or tutor are unable to access a submission, a standard late penalty of 5% of the total marks possible for the task may be applied per day until the assignment is made accessible.
Special assessment requirements
Normally an aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the unit
Satisfactory completion of a 15-day Professional Experience Placement, as evidenced by a satisfactory final report, is required to pass this unit.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
Provision of valid documentation
Please note that the University takes student conduct very seriously. All documentation provided to University staff must be valid and the provision of fraudulent documentation carries with it potentially serious consequences, including suspension and/or exclusion from the University. Note that all allegations of student misconduct will be referred to the Associate Dean for Education (ADE) as a prescribed authority for investigation.
As this is a 6cp unit, you are required to commit approximamtely 300 hours to class activities, readings, study and assessment preparation over the course of the semester.
In practice this looks like:
Face-to-face Workshops and clinics - 33 hours (11 x 3 hour workshops)
Reading, study and assessment preparation - approximately 150 hours distributed as needed across the semester (Approximately 14 hours per week across 11 teaching weeks)
15 days of Professional Placement (approx. 120 hours) is also associated with this unit.
Attendance at all scheduled sessions in this unit is compulsory and absences could result in a fail. All absences need to be supported by appropriate documentation (e.g. medical certificate).
Successful engagement with all learning activities in this accredited Initial Teacher Education course is necessary to demonstrate that you have met the Graduate career stage of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (AITSL, 2011).
It is recognised that sometimes absence is unavoidable. If you are absent for more than two sessions, however, your engagement with the unit could be considered unsatisfactory.
Completion of Placement:
Successful completion of the professional experience component is critical to success in the whole unit. Refer to assessment (5a) on the Canvas site for further details. Students must make themselves familiar with the processes and policies of professional experience.
Participation in School Clinics:
Participation in ‘school based' tutorial classes is a compulsory condition of this unit, and attendance will be recorded. You must participate in 100% of the ‘school based' tutorial classes to pass this unit. In the event that you cannot attend your assigned session due to illness or extreme circumstances, you must provide appropriate documentation to the Unit Convener as soon as possible. In the case of sessions missed due to illness or extreme circumstances, both the academic content and the professional experience component are required to be made up. More than two documented absences may lead to failure of the unit due to non-completion.
Note: This unit's school-based tutorial classes will occur on Fridays, from Week 2 to Week 7 of the UC Semester 2 calendar (six sessions).
Required IT skills
It is expected that students undertaking this unit will have a basic level of information technology competence. This includes the electronic manipulation of documents, use of PowerPoint, photographs, videos, slide shows, e-books, websites and apps.
Work placement, internships or practicums
WWVP: You are required to have a current Working with Vulnerable People card in order to participate in this unit
Canvas: Please refer to the Professional Experience section on the Teacher Education Canvas site for full information on the Professional Experience requirements.
Please note: This unit involves professional practicum and therefore additional student responsibilities are required in addition to those described in section 6. Work-place learning requires strict adherence to professional practice principles and ethics. Students and staff confidentiality must always be maintained, including for assessment items such as e-portfolios, reports or essays. The professional nature of this unit also requires 100% participation at all learning activities (lectures, tutorials etc as scheduled – see section 3) for the successful completion of this unit (also see section 6c). If attendance requirements cannot be satisfied (e.g., timetable clash), it is recommended that you contact the Academic Programs Team to discuss re-scheduling this unit.
Use of student email account
The University Email policy states that "students wishing to contact the University via email regarding administrative or academic matters need to send the email from the University account for identity verification purposes". Therefore all unit enquiries should be emailed using a student university email account. Students should contact email@example.com if they have any issues accessing their university email account.
In all cases of absence, sickness or personal problems it is the student's responsibility to ensure that the unit Convener is informed. The minimum participation requirement must be met in order to pass the unit (regardless of supporting documentation).
Research Led Education: This unit involves research-led education and/or work-integrated learning. There are active researchers delivering this unit who are able to engage students in deep and active learning and transmit to students their passion for the research they are carrying out.