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Unit Overview


In this unit, pre-service teachers will explore and evaluate a range of approaches for teaching English and literacy to children with diverse needs within the Primary (F-6) classroom. Pre-service teachers will consider factors that impact on the achievement and engagement of children across the full range of abilities and from diverse social and cultural backgrounds. Through engagement with the research literature, pre-service teachers will learn in depth about effective teaching of English and literacy children with reading and writing difficulties and disabilities such as dyslexia and dysgraphia, including the use of assistive technologies. They will also further their knowledge and understanding about teaching children from diverse social and cultural backgrounds and how to be culturally responsive. This unit will equip pre-service teachers with advanced knowledge on how to create, justify and evaluate English/literacy programs that engage and support children with diverse needs.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Primary Education major sequence

Students are able to (1) critically review research literature on how to teach and engage children with difficulties and disability in reading and writing.; (2) discuss how culturally responsive teaching of English and literacy can influence children's engagement and achievement.; (3) create and justify interventions for teaching English and literacy to children with difficulties or disability in reading or writing.; (4) evaluate strategies for identifying children with literacy learning difficulties.; and (5) investigate and critique programs for addressing literacy learning difficulties..


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) essay; (2) presentation; and (3) planning document and supporting rationale. Further information is available in the unit outline.

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

Unit rules
Successful completion of
Unit(s) EDUC1013 Teaching English in the Early Years of School
Successful completion of
Unit(s) EDUC2011 Teaching English in the Middle and Upper Primary Years
Successful completion of
Unit(s) EDUC2017 Texts and Literature in Primary School English
Successful completion of
Unit(s) EDUC3013 Data-informed Practice in the Primary English Classroom
Enrolment in
BH020 Bachelor of Education (Primary) (Honours)
Contact hours
30 hours
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • 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 one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. 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.
  • 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.