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EPL746 - Primary Literacy

Unit details

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Year2014 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:


Unit chair:K Hutchison
Campus contact:

K Hutchison (Burwood (Melbourne))

M Wells (Cloud (online))




Must be enrolled in course E760.

Incompatible with:

EEL745, ECL400, ECL500

Contact hours:

Campus mode: 1 x 1 hour weekly seminar and 1 x 2 hour weekly seminar.

Cloud (online): Engagement with online resources and regular online communications.


You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.


This unit emphasises the concurrent development of teaching capacities and theoretical understandings, drawing on contemporary knowledge about the diversity of students learning needs and the teaching and learning of new and traditional literacies. It explores the stages and dimensions of reading and writing development and assessment in the early and middle years, including word identification strategies, cueing systems and the development of spelling, grammar and punctuation knowledge. A range of approaches to literacy teaching and programming are introduced and participants become familiar with the processes of lesson planning, reflection and assessment of learning within Victorian and other relevant national and international curriculum frameworks. Core materials engage students with current debates and issues in the teaching of literacy, language and literacy and explore teaching strategies and resources. Core materials and assessment tasks emphasise the importance of research informed teaching and building on the diverse types of knowledge about literacy that students bring to school from their homes and communities.


Literacy Learner Profile 50% (2500 words)

Planning and Teaching Literacy 50% (2500 words)

Prescribed texts

Hill, S. (2011), 2nd edition, Developing early literacy: assessment and teaching, Eleanor Curtin, Prahran, Vic.

Winch, G., Ross Johnstone, R., March, P., Holliday, M., Ljungdahl, L. (2010) 4th edition, Literacy: Reading, Writing and Children’s Literature, Oxford UP, South Melbourne.

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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