EDUC5516 Literacy Across the Curriculum

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Students examine and critique research-based approaches to teaching literacy as a general capability and the English curriculum in the primary classroom, including vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, writing/creating, visual literacy and spelling in the context of a range of text types, with a focus on Years 3 to 6. Students also learn how to plan and sequence learning experiences for literacy and English in primary settings, using student data, and use a range of pedagogical strategies to support whole class, small group and individualised literacy instruction.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of how primary-aged children learn language and literacy; (2) demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the English curriculum and Literacy as a general capability curriculum and a range of pedagogical approaches to teach it; (3) articulate a theory of literacy learning and teaching for the primary years, based on a critical analysis of research and theoretical literature; (4) create a planning document in English /Literacy that is appropriate for diverse learning needs; (5) demonstrate knowledge of how to develop children's literacy skills to support numeracy across the curriculum; (6) create, use and evaluate a range of resources for teaching and learning literacy in the primary years, including digital technologies; and (7) plan for the use of assessment strategies, including informal, formal, diagnostic, formative and summative approaches when developing an integrated unit of work focused on English and Literacy across the curriculum.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) case study; (2) Planning document with rationale; and (3) test. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the case study, Planning document with rationale, and test components.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Grace Oakley
Unit rules
EDUC5504 Language and Literacy in Early Childhood
Contact hours
Contact hours: 30 hours (online and face to face). Further information is available in the unit outline.
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  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.