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This subject is designed for Teacher Candidates who want to develop their knowledge of the English language and how it works. The subject will provide a study of English as it relates to the teaching of language and literacy in the primary school and early secondary years with a focus on developing Teacher Candidates’ understanding of how language works at different levels of meaning (text, sentence and word) and the connections between these levels in a range of written texts that primary and early secondary students read and write.
The subject will also examine ways in which meaning is conveyed in images, drawing upon frameworks which enable the analysis of visual texts and will explore the relationship between written text and image in multimodal texts such as picture story books. Throughout the subject, students will build a basic metalanguage for describing and talking about language and images that is reflected in the Victorian Curriculum.
This subject is highly recommended for Teacher Candidates undertaking the Literacy Specialised Pathway in the Master of Teaching (Primary).
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- understand systems of choice which create meaning in written (verbal) and visual texts;
- use knowledge about language and related language–informed pedagogy to create an environment to develop primary school / early secondary learners' literacy in subject English and across the curriculum;
- critically analyse, appraise and select texts for use in the classroom to support and extend students' language and literacy learning; and
- use a metalanguage in their teaching of literacy across the primary / early secondary years of schooling.
This subject will develop the following set of key transferable skills:
- Clinical reasoning and thinking
- Problem solving
- Evidence based decision making
- Creativity and innovation
- Teamwork and professional collaboration
- Learning to learn and metacognition
- Responsiveness to a changing knowledge base
- Reflection for continuous improvement
- Linking theory and practice
- Inquiry and research
- Active and participatory citizenship.
Last updated: 6 December 2019