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EDEN290 English Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment 1 (B-8)


EDLA342 Literacy Education 2: Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment , EDLA369 Literacy Education 2

Unit rationale, description and aim

During the later years of primary schooling it is expected that students have mastered reading and writing skills and that they are able to use reading and writing as tools for learning in all content areas.

The focus of this unit is on research–based application to scaffold children’s learning and teacher assessment of both Receptive (reading, listening and viewing) and Productive (writing, creating, speaking) modes using increasingly more complex Imaginative, Informative and Persuasive texts and a variety of media (e.g. written, oral, and multimodal). Preservice teachers will also understand how to teach, plan. monitor, assess and integrate children’s composition and comprehension skills across a range of curriculum areas in years 3–6 whilst catering for diverse learning needs. Learning in this unit will require critical evaluation of a range of approaches to teaching literacy and assessment based on theories of children’s literacy development within the socio–cultural approach.

This aim of this unit is to extend pre–service teacher knowledge and understanding of English language, literacy and literature for teaching, pedagogy and assessment as applied in the Upper Primary and Middle years classroom. Pre–service teachers are required to scaffold children’s learning of more complex levels of reading and writing processes, cater for diversity and support upper primary students to become effective, analytical and critical readers and writers.

Learning outcomes

To successfully complete this unit you will be able to demonstrate you have achieved the learning outcomes (LO) detailed in the below table.

Each outcome is informed by a number of graduate capabilities (GC) to ensure your work in this, and every unit, is part of a larger goal of graduating from ACU with the attributes of insight, empathy, imagination and impact.

Explore the graduate capabilities.

On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

LO1 - Apply theories of children’s literacy development to critically evaluate a range of teaching approaches and resources to understand the concepts, content and structure of Receptive and Productive modes of English (GA1, GA4, GA5; APST 1.2, 1.5, 2.1, 3.4)

LO2 - Select, organise and create a range of teaching content into an effective and engaging learning and teaching sequence in English and other curriculum areas, applying knowledge of curriculum, assessment and reporting based on research-based strategies for upper primary using more complex texts (GA4, GA5, GA7, GA8, GA9, GA10; APST 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.5, 2.6, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 4.1, 4.5, 7.4)

LO3 - Apply content and pedagogical knowledge to program, plan and teach Reading/Viewing and Writing/Composing skills using more complex texts, incorporating teaching strategies for diverse learners’ needs (linguistic, Gifted and Talented; Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander and ASD) (GA1, GA4, GA5, GA7, GA8, GA9, GA10; APST 1.2, 1.3, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 4.1, 4.5)

LO4 - Explain effective assessment approaches, design of assessment tasks and application in the upper primary classroom in relation to Imaginative, Informative and Persuasive texts (GA4, GA5, GA7, GA8, GA9, GA10; APST 3.6, 5.1)

Graduate attributes

GA1 - demonstrate respect for the dignity of each individual and for human diversity

GA4 - think critically and reflectively 

GA5 - demonstrate values, knowledge, skills and attitudes appropriate to the discipline and/or profession 

GA7 - work both autonomously and collaboratively 

GA8 - locate, organise, analyse, synthesise and evaluate information 

GA9 - demonstrate effective communication in oral and written English language and visual media 

GA10 - utilise information and communication and other relevant technologies effectively.


On successful completion of this unit, pre-service teachers should be able to:

1.2 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of research into how students learn and the implications for teaching..

1.3 Demonstrate knowledge of teaching strategies that are responsive to the learning strengths and needs of students from diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds.

1.5 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of strategies for differentiating teaching to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities.

1.6 Demonstrate broad knowledge and understanding of legislative requirements and teaching strategies that support participation and learning of students with disability.

2.1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the concepts, substance and structure of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area.

2.2 Organise content into an effective learning and teaching sequence.

2.3 Use curriculum, assessment and reporting knowledge to design learning sequences and lesson plans.

2.5 Know and understand literacy and numeracy teaching strategies and their application in teaching areas.

2.6 Implement teaching strategies for using ICT to expand curriculum learning opportunities for students.

3.1 Set learning goals that provide achievable challenges for students of varying abilities and characteristics.

3.2 Plan lesson sequences using knowledge of student learning, content and effective teaching strategies.

3.3 Include a range of teaching strategies.

3.4 Demonstrate knowledge of a range of resources, including ICT, that engage students in their learning.

3.5 Demonstrate a range of verbal and non-verbal communication strategies to support student engagement.

3.6 Demonstrate broad knowledge of strategies that can be used to evaluate teaching programs to improve student learning.

4.1 Identify strategies to support inclusive student participation and engagement in classroom activities.

4.5 Demonstrate an understanding of the relevant issues and the strategies available to support the safe, responsible and ethical use of ICT in learning and teaching.

5.1 Demonstrate understanding of assessment strategies, including informal and formal, diagnostic, formative and summative approaches to assess student learning.

7.4 Understand the role of external professionals and community representatives in broadening teachers’ professional knowledge and practice.


Topics will include:

  • Review of theories of the processes of reading and writing development and the ways in which these theories shape and construct literacy programs (e.g., socio-cultural, functional, cognitive in the later years of primary schooling)
  • Metalanguage for examining and creating written and multimodal printed and digital texts of literary, factual and persuasive texts intended for older children in the English and Literacy as a General Capability
  • Strategies for promoting and motivating children’s literacy learning, including strategies for spelling, writing, creating multimodal texts to develop competence and comprehension
  • The theory, practices and strategies that support children to become effective, analytical and critical writers and readers of a variety of text types for different purposes
  • Assessment-related issues and the purposes, characteristics, and limitations of various types of assessments (diagnostic, formative and summative)
  • Effective methods of planning and sequencing activities and strategies that are intended to promote literacy and learning, monitoring and assessment across the curriculum
  • Pedagogies for teaching Reading/Viewing of multimodal printed and digital texts.
  • Pedagogies for teaching Writing/Composing of multimodal printed and digital texts.
  • Strategies to differentiate Literacy instructions for diverse learners (for example: linguistic and /or religious; Gifted and Talented; Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander and Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Understanding the use of state and national curriculum requirements in planning literacy programs
  • Literacy Learning Progressions
  • Literary Literacies: Digital, Cultural, Narrative, Critical and Deep Literacies: The future

Learning and teaching strategy and rationale

Teaching and learning in this unit is based on a Social Constructivist approach (Vygotsky, 1978), which emphasises the critical importance of the cultural and social aspects of learning. Learning will be scaffolded through both explicit instruction and opportunities to engage in a range of interpersonal activities to enable students to learn from and with each other as active co-constructors meaning, skills and understanding. This approach is highly effective for the teaching of literacy in the upper Primary classroom and Middle Years. Learning will be supported by online activities and a range of current research delivered in the form of reading, reflection, discussion, webinars, podcasts and other multimedia options.

This is a 10-credit point unit and has been designed to ensure that the time needed to complete the required volume of learning to the requisite standard is approximately 150 hours in total across the semester. To achieve a passing standard in this unit, pre-service teachers will find it helpful to engage in the full range of learning activities and assessments utilised in this unit, as described in the learning and teaching strategy and the assessment strategy.

The unit is hosted on a Learning Management System (LMS) site with resources and online links, announcements, and a discussion board to post questions and reflections that promote connection between content and educational experiences.

 Mode of delivery: This unit may be offered in different modes to cater to the learning needs and preferences of a range of participants.


Most learning activities or classes are delivered at a scheduled time, on campus, to enable in-person interactions. Activities will appear in a student’s timetable.


Learning activities are delivered through a planned mix of online and in-person classes, which may include full-day sessions and/or placements, to enable interaction. Activities that require attendance will appear in a student’s timetable.

Online unscheduled

Learning activities are accessible anytime, anywhere. These units are normally delivered fully online and will not appear in a student’s timetable. 

Online scheduled

All learning activities are held online, at scheduled times, and will require some attendance to enable online interaction. Activities will appear in a student’s timetable.

ACU Online 

In ACU Online mode, this unit is delivered asynchronously, online using an active, guided learning approach. Pre-service teachers are encouraged to contribute to asynchronous weekly discussions and receive regular and timely feedback on their learning.

Assessment strategy and rationale

The assessment tasks and their weightings allow pre-service teachers to progressively demonstrate achievement against the course learning outcomes by demonstrating academic and professional standards. The unit focuses on developing an understanding of, and skills across the professional knowledge, practice and engagement needed to meet expectations of the Graduate Attributes and the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers - Graduate level.

Assessment Task 1 focuses on preservice teachers’ ability to apply linguistic subject knowledge gained in the first, second and current unit to distinguish delicate types of genres within major genre families (i.e. Imaginative, Informative and Persuasive) commonly encountered in the Year 3-6 English and other curriculum areas, compose high-quality texts to be used model texts for teaching Writing/Composing. Assessment Task 2 assesses preservice teachers’ skills to design activities to scaffold students’ writing and composition of texts to demonstrate their learning in English and other curriculum areas. Assessment Task 3 focuses on preservice teachers’ knowledge and skills to design a program to teach comprehension of multimodal texts with consideration for diverse student abilities. The three assessment tasks are sequenced to allow feedback and progressive development of content knowledge and skills to prepare pre-service teachers for pedagogical knowledge units in the sequence of language and literacy units.

A range of assessment procedures is used to meet the unit learning outcomes and develop graduate attributes and professional standards and criteria consistent with University assessment requirements.

Minimum Achievement Standards

The assessment tasks for this unit are designed to demonstrate the achievement of each learning outcome. In order to pass this unit, students are required to submit ALL assessment tasks and achieve an overall Pass.

To promote sustained learning, pre-service teachers are expected to complete weekly readings and practice tasks as assigned by teaching staff and submit ALL assessment tasks. Assessments in EDEN291 include two Critical Tasks:

  • Assessment Task 2: Learning Activities Group Presentation
  • Assessment Task 3 Unit of Work 

These tasks are core to the demonstration of a number of Australian Professional Teacher Standards. In order to pass this unit, pre-service teachers must demonstrate mastery of every summative standard listed in the learning outcomes and attain a score of at least 50% in Task 2 and Task 3 and achieve a Passing grade overall.

Overview of assessments

Brief Description of Kind and Purpose of Assessment TasksWeightingLearning OutcomesGraduate Attributes

Assessment Task 1: Portfolio

Compose a portfolio of imaginative, informative and persuasive monomodal and multimodal texts in the English and other curriculum areas and critically analyse and evaluate them for their suitability to be used for literacy instructions. 


LO1, LO4

GA1, GA4, GA5, GA7, GA8, GA9, GA10

Assessment Task 2: Learning Activities


CHOICE: Group Presentation or Individual Presentation

Design a Guided Writing (Joint Construction) teaching sequence to scaffold for composition of one text type in curriculum areas other than English.

Option 1: Demonstrate 5 minutes of whole class (teacher-students) interactions from the teaching sequence to demonstrate the teacher's facilitation for negotiation of meaning and language learning opportunities.

Option 2: Provide a detailed transcript of whole class (teacher-students) interactions from the teaching sequence to demonstrate the teacher's facilitation for negotiation of meaning and language learning opportunities.

Critically analyse and evaluate your teaching sequence and teacher's talk during Text Negotiation based on relevant pedagogical theories introduced in the unit.


LO1, LO2

GA1, GA4, GA5, GA7, GA8, GA9, GA10

Assessment Task 3: Unit of work


Select suitable resources (two different text media, one written, one multimodal) suitable for Year 3-6 English and analyse them for teaching contents to teach critical comprehension of a literary concept.

Create a program of at least 5 weeks. The use of effective assessment approaches (diagnostic, formative and summative) should be incorporated to focus teaching along with the use of ICT to expand learning opportunities for all students.

Provide 3 detailed lesson plans, one Before, one During and one After Reading/Viewing.


LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4

GA1, GA4, GA5, GA7, GA8, GA9, GA10

Representative texts and references

Required text(s)

Relevant state and territory English curriculum documents

Seely Flint, A., Kitson, L., Lowe. K., Shaw. K., Vicars, M., Feez, S., & Humphrey, S. (2020). Literacy in Australia: Pedagogies for engagement (3rd ed.). Wiley.

Tomkins, G., Smith, C., Campbell, R., & Green, D. (2019). Literacy for the 21st century: A balanced approach (3rd ed.). Oxford University Press

Recommended references

Derewianka, B., & Jones, P. (2016). Teaching language in context (2nd ed.). Oxford University Press

Fisher, D., Frey, N., & Hattie, J. (2016). Visible learning for literacy, Grades K-12. Corwin Literacy.

Henderson, R. (2019). (Ed.). Teaching literacies: Pedagogies and diversity (2nd ed.). Oxford University Press.

Hertzberg, M. (2012). Teaching English language learners in mainstream classes. Primary English Teaching Association Australia (PETAA).

Humphreys, S. (2017). Academic literacies in the middle years: A framework for enhancing teacher knowledge and student achievement. Routledge.

Kalantzis, M., Cope, B., Chan, E., & Dalley-Trim, L. (2016). Literacies (2nd ed.). Cambridge University Press.

Layne, S. (2015). In defense of reading aloud: Sustaining best practice. Stenhouse

Parkin, B., & Harper, H. (2019). Teaching with intent 2: Literature-based literacy teaching and learning. Primary English Teaching Association Australia (PETAA).

Unsworth, L. (2001). Teaching multiliteracies across the curriculum. Open University Press

Winch, G., Johnston, R., March, P, Ljungdahl, L., & Holliday, M. (2020). Literacy: Reading, writing and children’s literature (6th ed.). Oxford University Press.

Zbraracki, M. (2015). Writing right with text types. Oxford University Press.

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