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EXC735 - Teachers and Youth Literacy and Numeracy Engagement

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Credit point(s):1

Trimester 3 (B W-EXP)

EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:

(For students enrolled in course E760 only)

Unit chair:K Tobin
Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

36 hours intensive workshops


Topics to be addressed in this unit include:
•    Vocational learning curriculum designs and frameworks available in the post-compulsory sector:
o    Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL), Literacy and Numeracy Skills Strand
o    Certificates of General Education for Adults
•    Understanding the learner with literacy/numeracy skills development needs:
o    factors that contribute to low literacy and numeracy levels in adolescents and young adults;
o    strategies to support students with under-developed literacy and numeracy skills;
o    integrating youth literacy and numeracy enhancement programs into vocational learning courses.
•    A frame of reference for teachers to meet their own literacy, numeracy and technology learning needs for the teaching workplace.


Assignment 1: Analysis and Folio 50% 2500 words

a) Analyse the literacy and/or numeracy components in two contrasting units of work from your specialist teaching areas.

b) Develop a personal folio of 10 effective strategies for teaching Literacy and or Numeracy within your subject area.


Assignment 2: Research and Resource Production 50% 2500 words

a) Research: Undertake a research project that critically reflects on an issue associated with the development of literacy and/or numeracy skills in a cohort of young people facing barriers to their learning. Include consideration of student background knowledge, motivation, and learning styles.

b) Resource Production: Produce a kit of at least three substantial hands-on activities that will be of value in supporting literacy and/or numeracy development among young people facing barriers described in your research. Seek feedback from an experienced teacher and briefly reflect on the changes you would make in response to this feedback.

Prescribed texts

Victorian Qualifications Authority 2003, Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning Curriculum Planning Guide: VCAL Literacy and Numeracy Skills Strand, Victorian Qualifications Authority, Victoria.
Burnett, BM, Tait, GW, Meadmore, DA 2004, New Questions For Contemporary Teachers, Pearson Education, Frenchs Forest, Australia.
Marsh, C 2008, Becoming a Teacher, 4th edn, Pearson Education, Frenchs Forest, Australia.

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