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Unit Overview


In this unit, pre-service teachers will be introduced to teaching and assessing language and literacy in the early years of school (F-2), with an emphasis on speaking and listening, and early reading. The unit emphasises explicit and systematic teaching of phonological awareness and phonics and developing pre-service teachers' knowledge about language for teaching English to children in the early years of school. Pre-service teachers learn about the important role of parents, carers and community in early language and literacy learning. They learn how to write lesson plans for early literacy.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Primary Education major sequence

Students are able to (1) apply knowledge of young children's development in language and literacy, with an emphasis on speaking and listening and reading; (2) compare key pedagogical approaches for teaching phonological awareness and phonics in the early years of schooling; (3) use key curriculum documents relevant to the teaching of English in the early years of schooling; (4) write and justify lesson plans for teaching early language and literacy; (5) apply key assessment techniques relevant to young children's language and literacy learning; (6) discuss the role of parents, carers and community in early language and literacy learning; and (7) apply knowledge about language (KAL) relevant to the F-2 Australian Curriculum: English.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) quiz; (2) essay; and (3) lesson plans - group assignment. 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 quiz, essay, and lesson plans - group assignment components.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit rules
Enrolment in
BH020 Bachelor of Education (Primary) (Honours)
Contact hours
30 hours
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.