EDCU11033 - Multiliteracies

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit introduces you to socio-cultural theory as a basis for understanding language acquisition and use and for evaluating pedagogical approaches to literacy learning. You will examine “multiliteracies” through the twin dimensions of multimodality and multiple perspectives. An understanding of discourses and the relationship between texts and contexts in developing authentic learning and literacy experiences for first and second language learners at all stages of the school curriculum and prior to formal schooling is explored in depth. You will build an understanding of oracy as a language resource for a growing number of purposes in an increasing range of situations and value children as communicators with a repertoire of practices for making and constructing meaning including the use of Arts symbol systems and ICTs. You will analyse and plan for the use of teaching and learning practices that promote effective interaction with learners and enhance language use, oracy and creativity through engagement with literature and aesthetic meaning making processes in the early years and formal learning contexts.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 50%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 85.71% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 28.65% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: students and lecturers
Some repetition of subject matter before assessment 1.
Adapt and update some of the initial unit materials.
Action Taken
Unit material was adapted and updated for assessment 1.
Source: students
Second assessment is practical.
Retain the assessment task as it is.
Action Taken
Assessment 2 was retained.
Source: student feedback
Assessments tasks were clear and relatable to the course
Retain the assessment tasks.
Action Taken
Source: student feedback
Update some of the readings
Review readings and update where necessary.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Explain socio-cultural theories of literacy, language learning and meaning making
  2. Evaluate the diverse communicative backgrounds of children and the impact this diversity has on learning
  3. Explain the effect of oral language development on the literacy learning of young children and/ or learners from diverse linguistic, social and cultural backgrounds
  4. Describe strategies used by educators to develop oracy and build on the home, community and real-world literacy practices of children and school-age learners
  5. Plan developmentally appropriate evidence-informed language and literacy learning activities that are responsive to students from diverse backgrounds
  6. Evaluate activities and teaching strategies from multiple expressive and interpretive modes on their suitability for supporting language and literacy development, imagination, creativity and knowledge of the world for a wide range of learners

Successful completion of this unit provides opportunities for students to engage with the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (Graduate Career Stage) focus areas of:

1.1 Physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students

1.2 Understand how students learn

1.3 Students with diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds

1.5 Differentiate teaching to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities

2.5 Literacy and numeracy strategies

3.3 Use teaching strategies

3.4 Select and use resources

4.1 Support student participation

In addition, competency elements from the Diploma of Children’s Services (Early Childhood Education and Care) are taught and assessed in this unit.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Communication
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical and Written Assessment