This single unit of study provides an introduction to language and its uses in the classroom and beyond. You will learn about the modes and functions of English so that you can apply this knowledge to a number of tasks, from analysing language development in others to developing your own skills in academic writing.
This unit takes you through all the different applications of the English language, including oral language development, the history of language and written and visual texts. You’ll also learn about Indigenous language variations and the importance of language in sociocultural practices. Language operates across diverse contexts, and with this unit behind you, you will be able to assess and then address communication in all kinds of settings from early childhood education to critical research.
Delivered online by Open Universities Australia in partnership with Curtin University, this unit is a core requirement of the Bachelor of Education (Primary) and Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) courses.
You cannot enrol in this unit if you have completed any of the following units or their equivalent:
Language and Multiliteracies (5–8 years)
Literacy Education 1
Areas of study
In this language and literacy for teachers unit, the topics you will study include:
The importance of studying English language, literacy and literature
Value of language as integral to dynamic socio cultural practices within communities
History: diversity and cultural contexts of language
Oral language development – birth to adult
Contexts: texts, making meaning and the purposes and functions of language
Communication: language structures and styles across diverse contexts
Language as a creative psycho socio-cultural process
Language in the classroom context
Indigenous language variation – EAL and EALD
Texts – how we communicate through many different types including ICT and visual texts
Introduction to teaching strategies for English
Overview of curriculum for English
This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:
If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this unit, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.
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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!
This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.
Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).
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