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Unit Overview


This unit is for pre-service teachers who plan to teach secondary school English. It provides a theoretical framework for teaching, learning and assessment. Familiarity is developed with current curriculum documents. Through active participation in workshops, students develop an understanding of strategies for effective teaching and learning, skills for planning and programming, development of instructional materials and resources and develop an understanding of issues relevant to English teaching.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) demonstrate an awareness of the developmental and diverse learning needs of adolescent learners in English; (2) display a repertoire of teaching and learning strategies relevant to the secondary English curriculum; (3) display a detailed understanding of the current Western Australian English curriculum; (4) display sound specialist content knowledge in English and Literature; (5) plan and evaluate varied instruction for effective and engaging learning; (6) critically evaluate and develop instructional resources for secondary English, including a range of educational technologies enhance approaches to learning; (7) critically and positively reflect upon own teaching practice; and (8) research established and new theories of learning and model best practice as a way to improve own performance.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) curriculum investigation and workshop participation and (2) learning program. 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 curriculum investigation and workshop participation and learning program components.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Jennifer Shand
Unit rules
EDUC5460 English Curriculum I.
EDUC5535 Professional Practice A Secondary.
and enrolment in
the Master of Teaching Secondary
Advisable prior study
at least six units in one of the English subjects taught in schools such as literature, history of literature, drama
or media studies, with at least two Level 3 units
Contact hours
30 contact hours (150 hours total time commitment). Further information available in the unit outline.
  • 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.