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This subject will examine the productive aspects of language and literacy through the composition of written, audio, visual, and multimodal texts, in spoken, print and/or digital forms. Intersections between theory and creating texts in practice will be explored. Participants will build the professional knowledge and skills required to teach students how to coherently express and develop ideas and communicate information for different purposes, through considered and deliberate choices about text structure and organisation, across a diverse range of text types, and modes. Participants will also reflect on and develop an understanding of themselves as writers/text creators; and of the role of teacher as writer in developing students as writers. Topics include: theory for teaching writing/text composition; writing and creating texts in the current Victorian/Australian Curriculum; social semiotics and designing meaning in different and multiple modes; composing multimodal print and digital texts; pedagogical models for teaching text composition; creativity and imagination in designing meaning; generating ideas; knowledge of function and form to enable students to creatively and purposefully shape meaning; teachers as writers/text composers; assessing student produced texts.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject participants should be able to:
- Analyse relevant educational theory and research concerning how to purposefully design meaning in creating print, audio and multimodal texts for various purposes
- Demonstrate strong subject and pedagogical knowledge of the productive aspects of literacy to enable the creation of audio, oral, written, visual, and multimodal texts, including print forms, and digital texts using ICT.
- Demonstrate strong understanding of how to purposefully design meaning using different semiotic modes, and to create texts for different purposes;
- Critically analyse and reflect on their own writing as creators of meaning; and articulate pedagogical insights from this process for teaching writing
- Demonstrate knowledge of how to identify and apply appropriate criteria for assessing student produced texts
- Interpret findings from student assessment data to evaluate student progress and make suggestions for modifying and enhancing teaching practice in relation to these findings.
- Critical thinking and reasoning
- Problem solving
- Evidence based decision making
- Creativity and innovation
- Teamwork and professional collaboration
- Self-reflection, career awareness and lifelong learning
- Active and participatory citizenship
Last updated: 10 November 2023