Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This is a core subject in which we aim to provide students with a firm grounding in language learning, children's literature and literacy. Students will have the opportunity to develop foundational understandings of the theories, strategies and practices associated with learning and teaching English in a primary school setting. The subject is structured around the connections between oral language and beginning reading and writing with links to children's literature, ITC skills and the use of ongoing authentic assessment practices to inform teaching. Communicating in a blended learning environment utilising ICT skills are embedded within the course and utilised in assessment tasks.

FacultyFaculty of Education

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJoan Stewart

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Teaching (Primary)


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsLiteracy, Helping Students Construct MeaningPrescribedCooper, J.D,BELMONT USA, CENGAGE LEARNING. ALSO AVAILABLE AS AN E BOOK
ReadingsA grammar companion for primary teachers.RecommendedDerewianka, B.NEWTON, NSW, PRIMARY ENGLISH TEACHING ASSOCIATION (PETA)(2004)
ReadingsDeveloping early literacy: assessment and teaching.RecommendedHill, S.ELEANOR CURTAIN PUBLISHING (2006)
ReadingsSupporting struggling readers and writers:strategies for classroom intervention 3-6.RecommendedStrickland, D., Ganske, K & Monroe, JNEWARK, DE: INTERNATIONAL READING ASSOCIATION (2002)
ReadingsTalking classroom:shaping children's learning through oral language instruction.RecommendedSmith, P (Ed)NEWARK, USA, INTERNATIONAL READING ASSOCIATION (2001)
ReadingsTeaching synthetic phonicsRecommendedJohnson, R. & Watson, J.EAST EXETER, LEARNING MATTER (2007)
ReadingsTell me: children, reading & talk with the reading environmentRecommendedChambers, A. (2011)THE THIMBLE PRESS, STROUD, UK
ReadingsThe reading workshop; creating space for readersRecommendedSerafini, F.(2001)PORTSMOUTH, USA, HEINEMANN
ReadingsWrite ways: modelling writing formsRecommendedWing Jan, L.MELBOURNE,OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS (2006)
ReadingsWriting links: handwriting for Victoria.RecommendedEvely, Murray and ChristinePORT MELBOURNE: RIGBY HEINEMANN(1997)(YEARS 1 & 3)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJoan Stewart

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
Critical analysis of and report on Student Writing Samples (1700 words)50
Individual reflective essay (1500 words) plus Team presentation.Topic: Understanding Quality Children's Literature50