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EIE704 - Supporting Communication in Inclusive Classrooms

Unit details

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:E El Hachem


Incompatible with: Nil
Contact hours:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the trimester undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.


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 the role they play in building teacher-learner and family relationships in inclusive classrooms. The role of teacher-learner communication in supporting positive classroom behaviour will also be explored. It will evaluate the range of communication practices required to build strong relationships with parents, professional learning teams, allied professionals and the wider community in order to foster an inclusive environment for learning. Students will reflect on their own communication skills in a variety of contexts. They will also critically analyse a range of tools for assessment of learner communication skills and use this information to plan for and support student learning in the areas of literacy (including speaking and listening) and social interaction. Using a range of case studies they will acquire key understandings of the impact of a range of learning challenges on communication skills, including ASD, speech and language disorders and hearing loss. They will also explore the impact of social and cultural diversity on the development of communicative competence and the way this impacts on classroom interaction. Through collaboration with peers they will develop a sophisticated understanding of these learners and use this information to plan and design an effective learning program.


Assessment Task 1: Guided reflection 50%

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 Task 2: Case Study including mini presentation 50%

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)

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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