Prescribed and recommended readings
Fellowes, J. & Oakley, G. (2020). Language, literacy and early childhood education (3rd ed.). Oxford University Press.
Derewianka, B. (2011). A new grammar companion for teachers. Primary English Teaching Association.
Recommended additional texts:
Christie, F. (2005). Language education in the primary years. UNSW Press.
Derewianka, B. (2020). Exploring how texts work (2nd ed.) Primary English Teaching Association Australia (PETAA).
Derewianka, B & Jones, P. (2016). Teaching language in context (2nd ed.) Oxford University Press.
Emmitt, M., Zbaracki, M., Komesaroff, L. & Pollard, J. (2015) (6th ed.). Language and learning: An introduction for teaching. Oxford University Press.
Hill, S. (2012). Developing early literacy. Assessment and teaching (2nd ed.). Eleanor Curtain Publishing.
Humphrey, S., Droga, L., & Feez, S. (2012). Grammar and meaning (2nd ed.). Primary English Teaching Association Australia (PETAA). ** Highly recommended. This book includes activities with answers, for developing and applying your grammar knowledge.
Humphrey, S. & Vale, E. (2020) Investigating model texts for learning. Primary English Teaching Association Australia (PETAA).
Kalantzis, M, Cope, B., Chan, E. & Dalley-Trim, L. (2016). Literacies (2nd ed.). Cambridge University Press.
McLeod, S., & McCormack, J. (eds) (2015). Introduction to speech, language and literacy. Oxford University Press.
Moats, L. (2020). Speech to print: Language essentials for teachers (3rd ed.). Paul H. Brookes Pub. Co.
Tompkins, G.E., Smith, C., Campbell, R. & Green, D. (2018). Literacy for the 21st Century: A balanced approach (3rd ed.). Pearson Education Australia.
Walsh, M. (2011). Multimodal literacy. Researching classroom practice. e:lit Primary English Teaching Association.
Winch, G. (2013). The grammar handbook. Oxford University Press.
Winch, G., Johnston, R.R., March, P., Ljungdahl, L. & Holliday, M. (2020). Literacy: Reading, writing and children’s literature (6th ed.). Oxford University Press.
Wing Jan, L. & Taylor, S. (2020). Write ways. (5th ed.). Oxford University Press.
This unit has a full web presence through iLearn.
Students will need regular access to a computer and the internet to complete this unit.
Weekly access to iLearn is compulsory for all students. Important assessment information will be posted there, as will other relevant unit notices and materials.
Various activities and materials for discussion and tutorial preparation will be provided. Electronic links and suggested references will be included in the Leganto section, which is linked to the library. Please check the iLearn site for the unit regularly.
Lectures are available on the web through the Echo360 component. You must listen to and view all lectures. PowerPoint slides will be available in the Echo360 section. You are encouraged to create your own notes, however, rather than only downloading slides.
Access and technical assistance
Information for students about access to the online component of this unit is available at https://ilearn.mq.edu.au/login/index.php. You will need to enter your student username and password.
Please do NOT contact the Unit Convenor regarding iLearn technical help.
No extensions will be given for any technical issues. Allow enough time for uploading your submissions.
Assistance is available from IT Helpdesk ph: 1800 67 4357, or log a request at help.mq.edu.au. OneHelp is the online IT support service for both students and staff.
This unit requires students to use several ICT and software skills:
- Internet access: The iLearn site contains materials for this unit; it is also required for the online submission of all assessment tasks, and for the use of Turnitin submission for ALL tasks.
- Word processing, visual representations, and document formatting: You are required to use an appropriate form of software to present your assignments.
- Uploading of assessment tasks to iLearn.
The unit will be delivered using a combination of lectures and tutorials. There will be a weekly 1-hour lecture, and in roughly every second week there will be an additional 1-hour lecture, that is, three lectures in a fortnight, on average. All lectures will be recorded and available in Echo360. Weekly 1.5 hour tutorials will be held for 'weekday attendance' [internal] students, while 'infrequent attendance' [external] students will have a combination of online tutorials (see the timetable for dates of these) and two half-day on-campus sessions.
In tutorials and at on-campus sessions (as relevant to their enrolment mode), students will discuss issues and questions arising from the lectures and prescribed readings. They are expected to base their arguments/discussions on evidence from published research and other relevant material. Students are required to participate in small group activities and whole class discussion, to read the weekly material in advance, and to complete brief tasks either as individuals or in pairs. Sometimes short 'homework' tasks will be set, which also need to be completed as tutorial preparation. The weekly program for the course with the accompanying readings/ preparation will be available on the unit iLearn site.