|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts|
|School or Department :||School of Education|
|Student contribution band :||Band 1|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
|Version produced :||23 May 2022|
Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MELT or MPLT
Literacy forms the basis for learning in all curriculum areas across early childhood and primary contexts, as well as the ability to function as an active citizen in an increasingly global community. Teachers of literacy should be familiar with historical and current theories of literacy, along with research based strategies for planning a balanced approach to literacy teaching and learning for children birth to eight (8) years. Literacy approaches must acknowledge the needs of diverse groups of learners by using a wide range of texts including children’s literature and culturally diverse, digital and context appropriate materials. Knowledge of how to carefully scaffold learning and assessment tasks and to investigate the how, why and what of literacy learning are essential components of a preservice teachers learning journey.
This is the first English curriculum course. The teaching of reading and writing in the early years is central to this course. The importance of oral language experiences and development of the knowledge and understanding of skills and resources required for effective literacy teaching and learning will be explored. In addition, the teaching and learning of reading and writing through a variety of approaches, such as play-based pedagogies and phonemic awareness, in the early years (birth - 8) is a focus. Preservice teachers will investigate curriculum and pedagogy for literacies learning, and a variety of balanced approaches for the English curriculum and the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). The course will also introduce preservice teachers to literacy strategies for teaching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Children's literature will be explored in order to develop a flexible repertoire of practices and resources that assist planning. Specific focus is given to children's literature and the use of literacy resources for promoting reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. The use of resources from diverse disciplines, including ICT, will ensure that the learning of literacies is embedded into learning across the curriculum. Preservice teachers will learn to design and plan integrated and inclusive learning opportunities, authentic assessment tasks and use of data to challenge and support a diverse range of literacy learners. Within this course preservice teachers are to engage in an authentic literacy investigation with a learner.