EDUC 4519A - English Curriculum & Methodology A (UG)

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2016

The course aims to present information on a range of methodologies and develop a variety of pedagogical skills to help students to be better prepared for the start of their teaching career.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code EDUC 4519A
    Course English Curriculum & Methodology A (UG)
    Coordinating Unit School of Education
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact 2 hours per week, in addition to a 2 hour common lecture focussing on Planning and Teaching
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites Pass in 4 courses of English literature
    Restrictions Available to B Teaching students only
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Ms Alison-Jane Hunter

    Alison-Jane Hunter
    School of Mechanical Engineering 324j
    The University of Adelaide
    Ph: +61 416 767 893
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On Successful completion of this course student will be able:

    Course Learning Outcomes


    GA Arts
    GA Uni
    Both Semesters
    Assemble a range of subject-appropriate resources, including online, that engage a diversity of students in their learning. 2.6 & 3.4 1, 2 1, 2
    Integrate relevant research and theory to develop a broad repertoire of subject-appropriate teaching and learning strategies, including use of ICT. 3.2 & 3.3 2 2
    Demonstrate a commitment to work ethically and collaboratively so as to meet the professional expectations required of teachers. 6.2, 6.3, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3 & 7.4 6 6
    Demonstrate communication skills to present a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas to a diverse range of students. 3.5, 4.2 & 5.5 3, 5 3, 5
    Develop a broad repertoire of subject-appropriate teaching and learning strategies, including use of ICT. 2.1, 2.6, 3.2 & 3.3 2, 3 2, 3
    Semester One
    Demonstrate thorough knowledge and understanding of the complexity of the discipline and the teaching strategies of the learning area. 2.1, 3.2 & 3.3 1, 2 1, 2
    Design and sequence unit and lesson plans based on essential content of the subject area, curriculum and assessment principles. 2.2, 2.3 & 3.2 1, 2 1, 2
    Assemble relevant and appropriate sources of professional learning for teachers including subject professional associations. 6.2, 6.3 & 7.4 4, 6 4, 6
    Semester 2
    Demonstrate broad knowledge of strategies that can be used to evaluate teaching programs to improve student learning. 3.6 & 5.4 3, 4, 6 3, 4, 6
    Identify and interpret student learning needs and design learning strategies so as to respond to student diversity. 5.1 & 5.2 2, 3, 5 2, 3, 5
    Formulate a range of feedback and assessment strategies, including informal and formal, diagnostic, formative and summative approaches to assess student learning in the subject area and for various curricula eg SACSA, SACE, ACARA, IB. 5.1, 5.2, 5.5 & 7.2 2, 3, 5 2, 3, 5
    Demonstrate understanding of assessment, moderation and its application to support consistent and comparable judgements of student learning. 5.3, 5.4 & 5.5 2, 3, 5 2, 3, 5

    Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST): 

    Graduate Attributes: Faculty of Arts Graduate Attributes:

    Graduate Attributes: University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes:
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 6, 7
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    8, 9
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    4, 10, 11, 12
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    3, 8, 9
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Alison-Jane Hunter (2014) All New Great Ideas for the Middle School Classroom SAETA Norwood

    Available from AATE at English House, Kensington or from the course tutor at the first class
    Recommended Resources
    You will be advised of readings throughout the course.
    You will need to complete your first task through My Uni.
    You will be expected to read the named texts in the course, as well as around these texts.
    You are not required to buy these additional texts, but you should ensure you have access to the texts and have read them in advance of the lesson in which they will figure. Many text suggestions are made in the textbook, so you are not alone!
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The classes will predominantly take the form of interactive workshops. Please ensure you bring a notebook and pen with you to all classes or a laptop/iPad if you happen to have access to either of these.

    There will be a 1 x 120 minute workshop for per week for this course. Students are expected to engage with MyUni for some online components, lecture information and readings.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    There are 2 hours’ contact time for eight weeks in semester one. Students should expect that an additional 6 - 7 hours will be required for preparation. At the peak time of assessment, students can expect an increased time commitment.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Week 1 Basic Functional/Systemic Grammar for Years 8-10. Language, Literacy and Literature: making sense of the AC:E strands.
    Building a glossary of technical terms for Year 8.
    Teaching Poetry in Year 8: P.10.
    Weekly discussion board: what poetry would work in Year 8?
    (Please Note that ICT strategies are integral to each element in this program)
    APST All 3 2.3 2.3, 2.5, 3.4
    Week 2 Nominalisation and Morphemic Spelling strategies. P. 73. Understanding purpose and audience. Genre and Register. The Holiday Project. P.55.
    Weekly discussion board: read and find a pair text for a SHIP class studying ‘Flowers for Algernon’. P.53.
    APST All 2, 3.4, 3.7 4.1, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5 2.3, 2.5, 3.2
    Week 3 Punctuation for effect.
    P. 46. Grammar exercises attached to ‘The Snow Spider’.
    Teaching a novel in Year 8.
    P.46. ‘The Snow Spider.
    ‘A Story to Tell’ and ‘Noongar Mambara Bakitj’ P.27. Teaching Indigenous Literature.
    Weekly discussion board: create a one page worksheet on an aspect of grammar covered. Share and discuss.
    Assignment Due: Week 6
    Students must take an active part in the weekly discussions, providing around 300 words per week of lively and thoughtful discussion on the set topic.
    APST 1.4, 1.5, 2.4 2.4, 1.3, 3.4, 4.1 2.2, 3.3, 3.4
    Week 4 Teaching cohesion:
    Theme and rheme. P. 46.
    P. 142. ‘All my friends are superheroes’.
    Teaching satire.
    Teaching summary skills and cohesion.
    Weekly discussion board: what strategies could you use to enable students to move from theoretical technical knowledge to practical use of that knowledge?
    APST 2.5, 4.1, 2.2 1.3, 1.5, 2.5, 3.3 1.3, 2.1, 2.2
    Week 5
    P. 109 ‘The Happiest Refugee’. Teaching Asian Literature. 
    What else could we use? What principles for text selection are you using?
    P. 140 ‘I am Malala’. What would you do with this in class? How could you use it to prepare your students for the NAPLAN tests? Weekly discussion board. Read ‘This song could save your life’. What kinds of project could you teach in conjunction with this text?
    APST 2.2, 3.1, 3.4 1.5, 1.6, 2.2 1.6, 3.4, 2.6,
    Week 6 P. 126. ‘Tintin’. Teaching a film study.
    Technical language.
    Creating Writing frames.

    P. 212. ‘That Untraveled Road’.
    What is Australian fiction? Should it be taught

    P.118. ‘Witness’. Teaching culture through film.
    Weekly discussion board: Consider which films might be suitable for Year 9 and give reasons for your ideas
    APST 1.3, 3.1, 3.4 1.3, 3.1, 3.4 3.1, 3.4, 2.2
    Week 7 P. 210. ‘Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress.
    Preparing students for the Senior Years. Looking at links between the AC:E and SACE.
    P. 212. ‘That Untraveled Road’.
    What is Australian fiction? Should it be taught differently from European texts? Why?
    Weekly discussion board. Find a pair for both of these texts. Discuss the type of class which might enjoy this pairing and give reasons for your decisions.
    APST 1.3, 2.2, 2.6, 3.1 2.3, 3.2, 3.3 2.3, 3.2, 3.3
    Week 8 Teaching Shakespeare in Year 10. What texts are suitable? How would you teach them? How would you deal with the language issues? How would you ensure the students understood the text as a play for performance? P. 228. ‘The Hare with the Amber Eyes’. How might you use art objects in the classroom to stimulate ideas?
    Teaching using P4C.
    Arranging the classroom: considering the Harkness model.
    Weekly discussion board. Students love to read Matthew Reilly, John Green and other, similar writers. Are their works suitable for the classroom? Should classes have text books that they would read anyway? How many works of classic fiction should be used in the classroom? Assessment Task:
    Create a fully articulated Unit of Work for a Year 8, 9 or 10 class. What text(s) will you use and how will it/they move the young people’s learning forward for either NAPLAN or the transition to Years 11 and 12? Assignment Due: Monday 5 May.
    APST 2.3, 3.2, 3.3 2.3, 3.2, 3.3
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    This will be the focus of the workshop approach.  
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assignment Due: Week 6. OUtcomes 1-5
    Students must take an active part in the online weekly discussions, providing around 300 words per week of lively and thoughtful discussion on the set topic.

    Assessment Task: Outcomes 6-8
    Create a fully articulated Unit of Work for a Year 8, 9 or 10 class. What text(s) will you use and how will it/they move the young people’s learning forward for either NAPLAN or the transition to Years 11 and 12? Assignment Due: Week 8
    Assessment Related Requirements
    The two tasks are mandatory.
    Attendance will cover 10% of the course mark, Assignment 1 is worth 30%. Assignment 2 is worth 60%.  
    Assessment Detail
    For Assignment 1:
    Make sure you read the named texts in advance. They are all listed with a leading question in the course outline, so you should be able to get ahead. You must take part in the discussion board every week. You need to contribute about 200 words per week. You will need to read around each text and judge them as classroom texts: it’s not enough to talk about them as your own reading: you need to apply your thinking to the Year 8-10 teaching context. We will discuss them in class as well and I will make suggestions of other texts to help you at that point. The strongest students will make the reading their own by showing that they are developing their knowledge and responses across the course, which is why I will do the marks at the end of the course when you’ve had a chance to learn, think and grow as teachers. I will base the mark on your best input. It is essential that you read a wide variety of books and establish great reading stamina before you start teaching: your students deserve the best, most engaged and knowledgeable teachers and that is what I am looking to foster in each and every one of you. I do not ask anything of you that I do not ask of myself. You need to respond to this challenge and develop in the safe space of the university classroom. I am looking for your thinking and opinions in this task, more than academic references. Not being sure and raising interesting questions is absolutely fine: they are evidence of thought and engagement. I urge you to read around the book recommendations in the course book, along with the film suggestions: they are an excellent start. If you find this hard, ask for help in class, email me questions or arrange to meet me in my office (324j in Mechanical Engineering for an additional chat. I’m intending to bring in a wide selection of texts so you can have a look at some of my library too.

    For Assignment 2:
    Include an outline of the class, including details of any students with special needs and how you intend to address those needs. Create details. Remember that units do not stand alone: you will need to outline the learning context, the location of the unit in the full year plan and what will follow and build on what you have taught in this unit. Give a list of resources required. Outline your rationale for text and task choices. Make sure you teach every element you wish your students to learn: the ideas, the form, the language, every element of the marking criteria... The best students will show how they will differentiate the plans for the top, middle and bottom of the class, even if the major differentiation is through outcome. Show how your unit fits in with the ACARA requirements and the ACARA outcomes for the exact year level you have chosen. Be creative, dedicated and detailed. Include work sheets, homework, tasks and as much of the teaching as you can. Use the four part lesson plan I will teach you in class. There are ideas for starters, developments, shared and individual writing, grammar and plenaries in the course book – get to know it well. Remember the texts in there are the right level, so they are good ideas. Note that some are marked as particularly suitable for SHIP classes: if you’re going to attempt to prepare purely for a SHIP class, you should talk to me about how to do this effectively as there are some strategies that work particularly well for these classes. Make sure you include the full unit and all teaching plans. Notice that I specifically require you to show how this unit will move the young people forward in their learning: busywork has no place in the contemporary classroom. I will not count words: successful units usually come in at about 6-12 pages, depending on the way you set them out. Length is not a guarantee of success but units which are only a couple of pages long rarely contain sufficient detail to access the highest grades. Unit cover sheets are not essential but they do look professional. Again, do your best and seek help early. I am not sympathetic to late requests for extensions. That said, you must tell me if you have a serious problem so I can help you work around it.
    Task 1 is online.
    Task 2 should be submitted via the Hub of the Professions on the due date in hard copy.

    Late work without prior permission will attract a penalty of 10% mark loss per day.  
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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