EDCU12043 - English - Teaching Language Use in Context

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Teaching Language use in Context builds pre-service teachers’ knowledge of the rationale, organisation and content of the Australian Curriculum: English and the interrelatedness of the Language, Literature and Literacy strands. The unit has a particular focus on the productive modes of writing and constructing texts. Students investigate the relationship between the features of texts and the social and cultural contexts in which they are used and apply knowledge of pedagogical frameworks including the teaching-learning model and multiliteracies framework to the development of assessment, teaching resources and learning sequences that scaffold learners’ ability to construct texts using multiple semiotic modes.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
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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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2023

Term 2 - 2024 Profile

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. Practical Assessment 50%
2. Group Work 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 2 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 83.78% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 22.84% 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: Evaluations
Assessment Tasks
"The assessment tasks were really practical and actually related to the work that I will do as a teacher." Keep the practicality of the assessment tasks.
Action Taken
Assessments were maintained.
Source: Evaluations
Zoom Tutorial Time
Some students expressed difficulty in coming to a morning DST zoom time. If the timetable allows, schedule an afternoon tutorial time.
Action Taken
Zoom sessions were scheduled for late afternoon.
Source: Evaluation
Assessment instructions
Further time in tutorials will be dedicated to explaining assessment expectations.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Appraise the social purpose of texts to identify effective language features and a focus for teaching and assessment
  2. Analyse curriculum documents to create resources that align curriculum intent, teaching and learning and assessment
  3. Write task-specific criteria and standards for the purpose of making judgments on the quality of the texts students construct for a particular purpose
  4. Identify opportunities for students to use ICTs purposefully for constructing effective multimodal texts
  5. Create resources that engage learners and promote understanding of the features of effective literary and/ or non-literary texts
  6. Design logically-structured learning sequences based on knowledge of research-based pedagogical strategies and frameworks for teaching literacy.

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

1.2 Understand how students learn

2.1 Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area

2.2 Content selection and organisation

2.3 Curriculum, assessment and reporting

2.6 Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

3.4 Select and use resources

5.1 Assess student learning

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Group Work
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
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology 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 - Practical Assessment
2 - Group Work