Course Title: English Method A

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: English Method A

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2014


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014

Course Coordinator: Dr. Kathy Jordan

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7813

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 220.3.11

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

(a) Sub-major study in English (Literature or Literary Studies) or
(b) Sub-major study in Writing, English Language Studies or Linguistics together with a Part in English (Literature or Literary Studies)

Course Description

This is a methods course that focuses on the role literacy plays in students’ lives and examines current literacy curriculum. This course will address and strengthen the attitudes and skills students bring to the development of literacy practices. Students will explore the major theories underpinning practice involved in the planning, teaching, and assessing of literacy. This course will focus on the planning of classroom and curriculum materials.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course is designed to assist students to:
• Develop an appreciation of their literacy knowledge and skills as well as their capacity to teach others.
• Understand the nature of literacy and its relationship to the social and cultural contexts.
• Develop strategies to assist learners to engage in literacy practices and assess their development.
• Use curriculum documents and relevant resources to design a course of study and plan classroom activities and materials in English.

Upon completion of this course students will be able to:
• Articulate the importance of literacy and show a keenness to improve personal literacy knowledge and skills.
• Know and critically understand the nature of literacy, the structure of language and its relationship to contemporary issues in literacy.
• Apply learning theories to contemporary approaches to English teaching.
• Appreciate the importance of creating rich learning environments to promote the development of literacy practices.
• Apply suitable teaching strategies, curriculum materials and assessment practices for literacy across a wide range of teaching contexts.
• Effectively use ICT and communicate in both written and oral forms in a scholarly and academically appropriate manner.

ICT Outcomes
At the conclusion of this course, students will have demonstrated and/or acquired the following ICT capabilities:
• Understandings of the role of ICT in learning and implications for the classroom.
• Awareness of a range of contemporary ICT resources suitable for the classroom.
• Skills in using ICT for communication, presentation, work preparation and implementation.

VIT Standards
This course is aligned with the following standards:
• Teachers know how students learn and how to teach them effectively.
• Teachers know the content they teach.
• Teachers plan and assess for effective learning.
• Teachers create and maintain safe and challenging learning environments.
• Teachers use a range of teaching strategies and resources to engage students in effective learning.
• Teachers reflect on, evaluate and improve their professional knowledge and practice.
• Teachers are active members of their profession.

Overview of Learning Activities

Students’ learning in this course will involve a range of activities including lectures, tutorials, workshops, on-line discussions, curriculum design and readings in order to support the development of the learning outcomes of this course.

Overview of Learning Resources

See Part B

Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks are directly linked to the stated objectives and outcomes. Assessment in the course will be both theoretical and practical in nature. A range of formative and summative assessment types will be incorporated into the course (for example, written, oral or performance based assessment).

Students should refer to Part B of the course guide for further information on assessment.