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This subject is offered to Master of Teaching students who are completing two other Learning Area Studies, but wish to have some generalist understanding of English teaching as a third Learning Area Study. The subject familiarises students with the key State and National English curriculum policy statements and guidelines and how to plan and evaluate English lessons and units drawing on curriculum frameworks.
Foundations of English Teaching focuses on the teaching of English at Levels 7 to 10. Areas addressed include: lesson and unit planning, responses to reading and viewing, approaches to writing in English, using drama to respond to literary texts, and teaching language in in context. The subject enables students to engage with a range of texts including young adult fiction, poetry, drama, film and multimedia.
This elective also encourages students to explore approaches that integrate aspects of their other learning areas with the key concepts of English teaching.
Intended learning outcomes
By the completion of the subject, students should be able to:
- Interpret and implement levels 7 to 10 of the Victorian Curriculum: English.
- Design lessons and units of work which engage secondary school students in the English curriculum
- Design and implement a range of assessment tools and practices relevant to learning development in English
- Engage students in the use and analysis of the structures and functions of spoken, written, visual and digital language
- Demonstrate strong oral and written communication skills
- Work collaboratively in the preparation of materials and activities
- Utilise diverse pedagogical strategies to provide rich and creative learning environments that empower all learners
- Utilise inclusive teaching practices and resources which demonstrate an awareness of cultural diversity and its implications for society and education.
- Utilise digital technologies to expand learning opportunities for students.
- Develop in students the practices and attitudes required for critical thinking and the ability to work both independently and cooperatively.
- Identify own professional learning goals and develop a plan to address these.
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: 13 September 2021