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EPS2007 Children's Literature and Language

Semester 2, 2021 Online
Short Description: Children's Literature&Language
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


Co-requisite: EDX1000 or EHE1100


The Australian Curriculum: English consists of the three interrelated stands of Language, Literature and Literacy. Teachers of language need to have an understanding of grammar. Teachers of literature need to have an understanding of the historical, social and cultural perspective of literary traditions. Teachers of literacy need to understand learners bring different prior knowledge, including their cultural and social backgrounds and prior literacy experiences to their learning at schools.


This course will explore the Australian Curriculum: English strands of Language, Literature and Literacy. The course will examine how literature can be used to enrich the educational experience of learners. Students will explore how cultural and social backgrounds and prior literacy experiences can influence learning. Strategies for introducing learners to many literary genres and formats will be investigated. Opportunities to identify literary devices, language and image resources used in literature to represent meaning will be provided.


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 completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. explain factors including cultural and social backgrounds and prior literacy experience influence literacy learning consolidate knowledge of language and image meaning making resources for teaching the Australian Curriculum (APST 1.2, 3.3);
  2. devise a literary pathway to demonstrate an understanding of the many genres and formats in children's literature and analyse the literary devices used in literature (APST 2.1);
  3. explain how grammar meaning resources and literature can be used in rich literacy classrooms to embed the General Capabilities in teaching and learning (APST 2.5, 2.6);
  4. select, embed and apply meaning making resources to analyse language and visual features represented in a text to connect English with other primary learning (APST 3.4);
  5. demonstrate appropriate cognitive, literacy and communication skills, including spelling, grammar, punctuation and APA referencing.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Literature: literary and non-literary texts 30.00
2. Language devices and grammar meaning making resources 20.00
3. Visual devices and visual grammar making resources 20.00
4. Reading Comprehension: prior knowledge, cultural and social backgrounds


Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

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Humphrey, S, Droga, L & Feez, S 2012, Grammar and meaning, Primary English Teaching Association Australia, Newtown, New South Wales.
McDonald, L 2018, A literature companion for teachers, 2nd edn, Primary English Teaching Association Australia, Newtown, New South Wales.

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 50 50 20 Aug 2021
Assignment 2 50 50 22 Oct 2021

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximize 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.

  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 available weighted marks for the summative assessment items.

  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 assessment items in the course.

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

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There will be no Deferred or Supplementary examinations in this course.

  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. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment purposes. Such copies should be despatched to the USQ within 24 hours of receipt of a request to do so.

  2. Electronic submission of assignments is required for this course. All submissions must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ study desk for this course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if requested by the Examiner.

  3. Reliable access to the internet is a requirement of this course as the course contains electronic assessment and submission elements. In order to avoid internet issues, on-campus students should upload their assignments electronically using the same computer laboratories. Online students who knowingly do not have reliable access to the internet should actively seek alternative internet access (e.g., Internet cafes, local libraries, or work places) for assessment submission. Online students are able to use the on-campus student computer laboratories once access has been enabled. To be granted access, Online students need to contact ICT and ask to have a student account enabled so that they can work on-campus.

  4. Students are expected to open their university provided email account and check it regularly for personal communication. In accordance with the Electronic Communication with Students Policy and Procedure ( information sent to the student's USQ email account will be regarded as being received.

  5. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use the 7th edition of the APA Style Manual to format their assignments. The APA Style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.

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: conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement. The course forms part of the Bachelor of Education suite and is benchmarked against the 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.

Date printed 14 April 2021