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Teaching English and Literacy in Early Childhood and Primary (EDN235)

Organisational Unit Education
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1E-internal, S1E-external
Description This unit is typically completed in the second year of a Bachelor of Education Primary course. It aims to prepare students to plan, teach and assess English in primary classrooms. A balanced perspective and familiarity of the content, structure and role of the Australian Curriculum and language modes is presented including the general capabilities and cross-curricular priorities. The trans-disciplinary nature of teaching and learning language, literacy and literature will be explored
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this unit students are expected to be able to:
1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of language acquisition theories related to how students learn English and the implications for classroom practice.
2. Understand the concepts, substance, structure and organizational framework of the Australian English Curriculum.
3. Develop knowledge about teaching strategies, resources and assessment judgments related to the teaching of English.
4. Evaluate and design appropriate English learning sequences, lesson plans and assessment strategies that promote student learning and cater for specific needs.
5. Demonstrate an understanding of the role of the APST and the Murdoch Graduate Attributes in identifying professional learning needs.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures; 1 hour per week; workshops: 2 hours per week; topic based voc casts.
Unit Learning Experiences The unit uses a flipped classroom and project based constructivist approach to introduce and model a range of effective teaching/learning strategies and methods for teaching English. Pre-post assessment tasks introduce students to self-reflection strategies (AITSL online self-assessment tool). Weekly lectures reinforce the theoretical underpinnings, core concepts and teaching strategies of the unit to strengthen the nexus between theory and practice. Assessment of, for and as learning is modelled (Earl, 2003). Online weekly tasks based on the core text (Winch et al., 2014) connect individuals to the key concepts, curriculum and resources.. Pre-service teachers will use this data to plan, teach and assess English lessons in primary schools and develop an awareness of how to differentiate. Field-work will be used to collect diagnostic data and profile language learning of a child .The Australian Professional Standards for Teaching (APSTs), the Australian Curriculum (ACARA), School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCaSA of WA); Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and the Murdoch Graduate Attributes (MGAs) provide context, content and compliance components for the unit. LMS provides a platform for topic inquiry, ongoing discussion, access to virtual/model classrooms and research. One lecture, topic based podcasts and a two-hour workshop combine to link theory to practice.
Assessment The assessment and feedback for this unit is multifaceted: it models a diagnostic approach to teaching and learning that typically takes place in a primary classroom. It incorporates formative assessment tasks in the form of weekly online tasks connecting students to the theoretical underpinnings (35%); application of this theory is embedded in a project based profiling assignment (35%). Summative exam linked to the unit aims (30%). Assessment in this unit is used to guide the learning process.
Prerequisites Successful completion of BED100 Ideas in Education, and BED150/EDN112/EDN1121 Understanding Teachers' Work, and EDN111 Language for Learning and Teaching; OR enrolment in GradDip Primary or Primary (BEd) Graduate, and successful completion of BED150/EDN112/EDN1121 Understanding Teachers' Work.
Exclusions Students cannot undertake this unit for credit if they have successfully completed EDN223/EDN2231 Teaching English and Literacy in Primary Schools or EDU282/EDU2821 Primary Curriculum I (English).
Previously 2016: 'Teaching English and Literacy in Primary Schools'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Early Childhood and Primary Teaching (BEd) [New in 2019]
Primary Teaching (BEd) [New in 2014]
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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