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EPE2201 Catering for Diversity in Literacy Learning

Semester 2, 2021 Online
Short Description: Diversity Literacy Learning
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Education
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 070199 - Teacher Education not elsewher
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 14 April 2021


Examiner: Nathan Lowien


Pre-requisite: BEDU (Primary) or BPED Only - EDP2111

Other requisites

Students enrolling in courses which do not follow the recommended enrolment pattern cannot be assured of a developmental learning experience or program completion within their preferred timeframe.


Literacy is one of three interrelated strands of the Australian Curriculum: English. Teachers in mainstream English classrooms need to cater for a diverse range of student learning needs. Learners bring different prior knowledge, including their cultural and social backgrounds and prior literacy experiences to their learning at school. Understanding the differences among literacy learners and how to assess, plan and cater for these diverse literacy learning needs is critical to effectively teach literacy learning in the primary years.


This course will address the diverse learning needs of literacy learners in the mainstream English classroom and how teachers can assess, plan and cater for these differences. Working with the literacy strand of the Australian Curriculum: English, a repertoire of pedagogical approaches will be explored including dialogic pedagogies and differentiated assessment strategies.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course in accordance with the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership’s (AITSL) Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST). On successful completion of this course pre-service educators should be able to:

  1. explain factors that contribute to the diversity of learners in mainstream English classrooms (APST 1.3, 1.4);
  2. critically analyse and explain how a rich literacies classroom can support learners with diverse literacy learning needs (APST 1.2, 1.3, 2.5);
  3. discuss how student diversity is reflected in and catered for within the Australian Curriculum: English (APST 2.1, 2.5);
  4. analyse and plan for the diverse learning needs of readers, writers and speakers diverse learning needs including additional support and extension opportunities (APST 3.1, 3.2, 3.3);
  5. discuss how dialogic pedagogies can extend students’ productive talk and learning in literacy contexts across the curriculum (APST 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 4.1);
  6. plan differentiated assessment tasks and adjustments within the Australian Curriculum: English for diverse literacy learners’ needs (APST 3.4, 3.6, 4.1, 5.1).


Description Weighting(%)
1. Student diversity in educational contexts in Australia – observing and analysing diverse literacy learning needs 20.00
2. Planning for readers’ diverse learning needs, including additional support and extension 15.00
3. Planning for writers’ diverse learning needs, including additional support and extension 15.00
4. Planning for speakers’ diverse learning needs, including additional support, extension and dialogic approaches to literacy learning 20.00
5. Differentiated assessment for diverse literacy learning needs 10.00
6. Planning for diverse literacy learning needs within the Australian Curriculum: English 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 80.00
Private Study 85.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 40 40 20 Aug 2021
ASSIGNMENT 2 60 60 15 Oct 2021

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them, to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative items for the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Referencing in assignments must comply with the APA referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ library's referencing guide. This guide can be found at

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:
1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement
2. forms part of the Bachelor of Education and is benchmarked against the:

  1. internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review
  2. Queensland College of Teachers
  3. Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL).

Other requirements

  1. Participation: Students can expect it will be necessary to participate in and contribute to a range of learning opportunities in this course including online study activities, lectures, tutorials, seminar presentations, group discussions and self-directed study activities in order to apply the coursework that will enable quality assessment tasks to be submitted as evidence of professional development.

Date printed 14 April 2021