EDCU20039 - Teaching English

General Information

Unit Synopsis

The focus of this unit is on the rationale, organisation and content of the Australian Curriculum: English. You will build professional knowledge and understanding of pedagogical approaches to teaching English in primary school settings through a focus on the relationship between receptive and expressive modes of language use and the interrelatedness of the Language, Literature and Literacy strands of the Australian curriculum. You will demonstrate understanding of the features of texts and the social contexts in which they are used and apply pedagogical content knowledge to select teaching resources and design lesson sequences and assessment strategies that support learners’ interpretation, evaluation and creation of written and multimodal texts for a range of social purposes.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite EDCU20036 Literacy: Learning to Read

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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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2024

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 Postgraduate 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. Presentation 50%
2. 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 2 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 81.82% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 28.95% 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: student responses
Unit learning sequence has affected learning opportunities.
Analyse the learning sequence and make adjustments to better support learning opportunities.
Action Taken
Adjustments were made to the learning sequence.
Source: Student responses
Provided clear feedback.
Continue providing focused feedback.
Action Taken
Source: Student responses
Connected content to real-world examples.
Continue to provide links to classroom practice.
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 text structures and language features as a focus for learning
  2. Analyse curriculum documents to plan learning experiences and lesson sequences that align curriculum intent, teaching and learning, and assessment
  3. Write task-specific criteria and standards for the purpose of providing formative and summative feedback and making judgments on the quality of the texts that students produce
  4. Describe strategies for using accurate and reliable records of student work samples for reporting to students and parents and carers on learning progress and achievement
  5. Identify opportunities for students to evaluate and use ICTs purposefully for constructing effective texts
  6. Create resources that engage learners and promote understanding of the features of effective literary and/ or non-literary texts
  7. Design logically-structured learning sequences and differentiation strategies that cater for the needs of students with diverse backgrounds and abilities based on knowledge of research-based pedagogical strategies and frameworks for teaching literacy.

Successful completion of this unit provides opportunities for students to demonstrate the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers focus areas of

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

2.1 Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area

2.2 Content selection and organisation

2.3 Curriculum, assessment and reporting

2.5 Literacy and numeracy strategies

2.6 Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

3.2 Plan, structure and sequence learning programs

3.3 Use teaching strategies

3.4 Select and use resources

4.1 Support student participation

5.1 Assess student learning

5.2 Provide feedback to students on their learning

5.5 Report on student achievement

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Presentation
2 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8