Course Title: Beginning and Early Literacy (Foundation to Year 2)

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Beginning and Early Literacy (Foundation to Year 2)

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023

Course Coordinator: Kathryn Glasswell

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9335

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora

Course Coordinator Availability: By Appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

During this course you will explore the theories of early literacy development, foundation to Year 2. Speaking and Listening, Reading and Viewing, and Writing are the important literacy modes. You will examine the processes and skills of these modes to understand how they contribute to students’ successful development in early literacy. This course will assist you in understanding a range of assessment strategies for reading and writing and how assessment is integral to the learning and teaching of literacy in Foundation to Year 2. You will develop a literacy portfolio which includes a repertoire of literature and literacy resources, written and digital, for your future teaching. You will use this portfolio to reflect on the development of your own literacy understandings, strengths and growth. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge in education
  • Critically analyse and apply theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to your professional practice in curriculum, pedagogy and assessment across a range of disciplines, reflecting a graduate level of proficiency in teaching
  • Consolidate and synthesise expert content and pedagogical content knowledge and develop highly effective classroom teaching skills in an area of specialisation 
  • Apply initiative, judgement, creativity, critical thinking and problem solving skills and the capacity to work responsibly, ethically and inclusively in individual and collaborative professional contexts to enhance your practice
  • Communicate effectively with different stakeholders in the education field through a broad range of communication modes and digital technologies in diverse educational contexts.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to: 

   AITSL Standards
CLO1: Critically reflect on and apply contemporary literacy theories and practices   2.1, 2.5
CLO2: Identify the processes and skills of speaking and listening, reading and viewing and writing in the Foundation to Year 2 English curriculum.   2.1, 2.5
CLO3: Review and critique a range of literacy teaching strategies for Foundation to Year 2.   2.5, 3.3
CLO4: Explain the purpose of literacy assessment strategies appropriate for Foundation to Year 2.   2.5, 5.1
CLO5: Confidently make strategic decisions about pertinent literacy resources and strategies for Foundation to Year 2 students.  2.5
CLO6: Extend your current literacy knowledge, skills and abilities  2.1, 2.5


Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning in this course will involve a range of activities including face to face and online lectures, workshops, practical activities, individual tasks, collaborative group work, discussion and individual reflection

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT University will support your access to learning resources for this course. Readings from current educational literature will be provided through your online course site and will be drawn from highly regarded academic journals, books and conferences as well as reports, websites and other online resources. The University Library provides extensive scholarly resources to supplement your suggested readings and research and is able to request books or articles from any library in the world. Guides to the literature in your discipline area are available from Assistance with referencing and avoiding plagiarism is available here The Library and the Study and Learning Centre are also on hand to support and assist in the development of your academic skills to make best use of such resources within your academic studies.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning.


Part 1: Analysis of an academic text that links literacy theory to practice. (25%) CLO1, CLO6 

Part 2: Test of the metalanguage and content knowledge of literacy (25%) CLO1, CLO2, CLO3


AT2: Oral presentation of Literacy Portfolio (50%) CLO3, CLO4, CLO5.

During this oral presentation, you will use this portfolio to reflect on, and demonstrate the development of your own literacy understandings, strengths and growth during this course.

The Literacy portfolio will include the items below. All items will be annotated to demonstrate the significance and/or theoretical underpinning of the items.

These will be discussed in the oral presentation.

  • Reading Log – including academic literacy texts and a repertoire of literature (both written and digital) suitable for Foundation to 2
  • Resources and learning and assessment strategies that relate directly to F-2 literacy learning

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: