Studying online

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Unit Overview


Students examine and critique research-based approaches to teaching the English curriculum in the primary classroom, including vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, writing/creating, spelling and viewing 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 and assessments for English in primary settings, using student data, and use a range of pedagogical strategies to support whole class, small group and individualised literacy instruction.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of how primary-aged children learn English (language, literature, literacy); (2) demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the English curriculum and a range of appropriate pedagogical approaches; (3) articulate a theory of literacy learning and teaching for the primary years, based on a critical analysis of research and theoretical literature; (4) using assessment data, plan learning experiences in English that are appropriate for diverse learning needs; (5) create, use and evaluate a range of resources, including digital technologies, for teaching and learning English in the primary years; and (6) plan for the use of assessment and moderation strategies, including informal, formal, diagnostic, formative and summative approaches when developing a unit of work focused on English.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) case study (group assignment); (2) oral presentation; and (3) planning document. 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 (group assignment), oral presentation, and planning document components.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Grace Oakley
Unit rules
Unit(s) EDUC5504 Language and Literacy in Early Childhood (ID 3059)
Contact hours
Contact hours: 30 hours (online and face to face). Further information is 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.