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English in the Primary Curriculum (EDN565)

Organisational Unit Education
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: SP2-internal, SP2-external
Description Contemporary research drives the core understandings, methods and strategies required to effectively plan, teach and assess English in primary classrooms. The content and resources are guided by national and state curriculum and the professional standards for teachers (graduate level). A diagnostic approach to the teaching of language, literature and
literacy will be focus of the unit. Students will develop a balanced perspective of language acquisition theory and its impact across the language modes within the teaching/learning process.
Unit Learning Outcomes The Unit Learning Outcomes for this unit are aligned with the Course Learning Outcomes for the Master of Teaching and the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. 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 Seminars: 2 hours per week over 10 weeks
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 texts (Oakley & Fellowes, 2016; Tompkins, Campbell, Green, & Smith, 2015) 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.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 one-hour workshop combine to link theory to practice.
Assessment The assessment and feedback for this unit is multifaceted as it models a diagnostic approach to teaching and learning that typically takes place in a primary classroom. It incorporates research-based learning to examine different approaches to literacy instruction (40%); application of theoretical underpinnings and evidence-based practices is embedded in a thematic programming assignment (45%); formative assessment (15%).Assignments are designed collectively to enable students to achieve each of the unit learning outcomes.
Prerequisites Enrolment in the Master of Teaching (Primary) and successful completion of EDN5501 Transition to Teaching
Exclusions EDN2231 or EDN223 Teaching English and Literacy in Primary Schools
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Master of Teaching (Primary) (MTeachPrim) [New in 2015]
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 Anabela Malpique

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2378
e: A.Malpique@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.014 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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Dr Anabela Malpique

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2378
e: A.Malpique@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.014 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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