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Professional Experience: English in Practice (EDN2104)

Organisational Unit Education
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2E-external
Description This unit typically occurs in the second year of study in a Bachelor of Education. The semester long unit incorporates a compulsory three-week Perth-based placement enabling students to contextualise theory and practice under the guidance of an experienced WA mentor teacher. Students will complete set tasks before, during and after the 15-day placement. The Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (Graduate Level), Murdoch Graduate Attributes, English Curriculum and General Capabilities frame the unit outcomes and expectations.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the concepts, substance and structure of the content and teaching strategies of English, the Arts and HPE
2. Organise content into an effective learning and teaching sequence suitable for students' learning needs
3. Plan lesson sequences using knowledge of student learning, content and effective teaching strategies and using a range of teaching strategies and resources including ICT
4. Demonstrate the capacity to organise classroom activities and provide clear directions
5. Demonstrate understanding of assessment strategies to assess and promote learning
6. Demonstrate understanding of the purpose of providing timely and appropriate feedback to students about their learning
7. Understand the importance of obtaining feedback from mentor teachers to support your learning and improve practice
Timetabled Learning Activities
Unit Learning Experiences This second year unit links English theory to practice by engaging pre-service teachers in a range of online tasks before and after a three week placement. Pre-service teachers will be mentored by a qualified teacher throughout the placement, a co-teaching approach will be employed to plan, teach and assess. Students will focus on getting to know the students, the curriculum, classroom management strategies and effectively plan, teach and assess a sequence of lessons.
Other Learning Experiences This unit requires a compulsory three week full-time Perth-based block placement.
Assessment There are three assessed components for this unit: 1. Satisfactory (ungraded pass) completion of online workbook tasks. 2. Preparation of a mini lesson plan in the SimLab environment. 3. Placement performance. Assessment of placement involves feedback from an on-site mentor teacher. Students assessed against a standardised assessment format based on the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) and Murdoch Graduate Attributes (MGA). Curriculum focus: English, Art/Health/ P.E. Professional. Murdoch Graduate Attributes: Communication skills; Critical and Creative Thinking; Independent Learning; Social Interaction.
Students at risk of failing are identified early and an external mentor assigned to support, observe and assess. A final summative assessment report is submitted based on pre-service teachers ability to address identified APST and MGA.
Prerequisites Successful completion of EDN235/EDN223 Teaching English and Literacy in Primary Schools and EDN221 Learning and Teaching plus concurrent enrolment in BED200 Assessment and Action Research. Concurrent enrolment in EDN236 Teaching The Arts in Primary Schools and EDN248 Teaching Health and Physical Education in Primary Schools is strongly recommended.
Exclusions Students enrolled in the GradDipEd (Primary) or GradDipEd (Secondary) should not enrol in this unit.
Students who have successfully completed EDN2100 Professional Experience: BEd Primary may not take this unit for credit.
Notes Prior to placement in any school for Professional Experience, it is mandatory that pre-service teachers complete and successfully obtain obtain several forms and clearances. Information and forms regarding these mandatory requirements can be accessed via the Professional Experience website:
Completion and submission of these mandatory requirements is essential before placements can be arranged. Students enrolled internally and externally MUST successfully complete this school experience in the Perth metropolitan area. Students who fail this unit must gain permission from the Academic Chair to progress.
Assessment A result of Ungraded Pass or Fail is awarded for this unit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
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)
Primary, 1-10 Health and Physical Education (BEd) [New in 2014]
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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Dr Veronica Gardiner
Lecturer - Literacy

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2176
e: Veronica.Gardiner@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.021 - Building 450, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: S2E-External
Dr Veronica Gardiner
Lecturer - Literacy

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2176
e: Veronica.Gardiner@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.021 - Building 450, Murdoch Campus
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