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EIE704 - Supporting Communication in Inclusive Classrooms

Unit details

Year2019 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Trimester 2 Unit Chair:

Reshmi Roy

Trimester 3 Unit Chair:

Reshmi Roy



Incompatible with: Nil
Scheduled learning activities - campus

Campus: 2 x 3 hour Seminars in weeks 1-4

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin


This unit aims to advance students' understanding of the critical role of communication within inclusive educational settings. Students will develop a deep understanding of language and communication and how they impact on both student learning and social and emotional development.

This unit will adopt a critical approach to the analysis of teacher communication skills and their role in building teacher-learner and family relationships in inclusive classrooms, while evaluating the range of communication practices required to build strong relationships with parents, professional learning teams, allied professionals and the wider community.

The role of teacher-learner communication in supporting positive classroom behaviour and interaction, and the impact of social and cultural diversity on the development of communicative competence will be explored.

Students will reflect on their communication skills in diverse contexts, critically analyse various tools for assessment of learner communication skills and plan learning to support students in literacy (including speaking and listening) and social interaction. Using case studies, key understandings of the impact of learning challenges on communication skills, including ASD, speech and language disorders and hearing loss will be developed. Working collaboratively, students will develop sophisticated understandings of these learners, enabling them to plan and design an effective learning program.


Assessment 1 - Guided reflection: Guided reflections on communication in school environments (15%, equivalent to 750 words) and 1750 word written report with strong links to theory detailing a personal framework to guide and support inclusive communication practices, 35%

Assessment 2 - Case Study including mini presentation: 1750 word case study of a learner’s communication skills, 35% and “mini presentation” in preparation for the final case study submission (15%, equivalent to 750 words)

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