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Language for Learning and Teaching (EDN111)

Organisational Unit Education
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1E-internal, S1E-external
Description This unit explores concepts about language and literacy learning essential for teachers in all school settings. It aims to equip students with fundamental skills needed to support language development in their own classrooms by focusing on literacy development, including reading and technical skills of writing, and the use of language for positive classroom interactions and literacy learning. Concepts presented will be further explored in BED150 Understanding Teachers' Work and EDN235 Teaching English and Literacy in Primary Schools
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Understand the literacy level expected of contemporary teachers;
2. Understand the literacy level expected of contemporary students, and the importance of being a literacy model;
3. Understand reading and writing processes and relationships between reading and writing;
4. Understand how to develop and support reading comprehension;
5. Understand the fundamentals of language;
6. Understand how to assess the quality of writing;
7. Understand literacy development in primary and secondary schooling
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures/workshops: 3 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The unit takes a constructivist approach to learning. It begins wherever possible with what you already know about language, and encourages you to develop those understandings through active engagement in the unit. Lectures and workshops in this unit work together. The workshops are designed to help you apply the concepts introduced in the lectures, and workshops incorporate peer interaction through group-based learning with continuous peer and self-assessment opportunities. The unit is scaffolded so one idea builds on another in a clear sequence. For this reason, attendance at lectures and workshops is essential for internal students, and external students should listen to lecture recordings each week, complete the workshop activities, and engage regularly in online discussions with peers and tutors. Every single reading, lecture and activity has been selected and/or designed to help you to strengthen your ability to be an effective teacher and communicator of literacy skills and knowledge. This unit will also contribute to your preparation for the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE). It is important that you are an active and engaged participant in this unit.
Assessment There are 3 assessment components and an exam in this unit. Assignments are designed collectively to enable you to achieve each of the unit learning outcomes. Assignment 1: Literacy beyond English persuasive essay (25%); Assignment 2: Literacy-building reflection, learning plan and learning log (35%); Active engagement (10%); Exam, closed book (30%). Written feedback (quantitative and qualitative) reflects the rubrics that are provided for each assessment in the Unit Information and Learning Guide.
Prerequisites Enrolment in an initial teacher education course.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed EDU103 Principles of Language and Literacy may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Advanced Mathematics Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary Teaching) (BEd(EC&PrimTeach))
Bachelor of Education (Primary Teaching) (BEd(PrimTeach))
Bachelor of Education (Primary, 1-10 Health and Physical Education) (BEd Primary 1-10 HPE)
Bachelor of Education (Secondary Teaching) (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Biology and Environmental Science Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Biology and Human Biology Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Chemistry Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Earth and Environmental Science Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
English Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Geography and Economics (HASS) Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
History (HASS) Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Mathematics Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Physical Education Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Physics Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Politics (HASS) Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Primary, 1-10 Health and Physical Education (BEd) [New in 2014]
Appears in these Minors English and Literacy Education
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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