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ECL351 - Diversity, Language and Literacy


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Anne Cloonan
Cohort rule:



Students enrolled in course E330 BEd (EYs) must complete prerequisite units ECE230 and ECE330

Students enrolled in course E359 BEd (Prim) must complete prerequisite unit ECL210 and 1 from ALM101 or ALL230



Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

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

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin


This unit aims to develop an understanding of the impact of cultures, cultural identities and diversity on language and literacy teaching and learning. Participants explore diverse texts including digital and print Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, migration and other cultural narratives, poems, songs, films, websites, etc. Participants will become familiar with a range of curriculum documents and policy documents related to diversity, language and literacy and will use these to inform teaching practice. Pedagogical approaches that support language and literacy learning and development of intercultural understanding in diverse primary classrooms will be explored.

Specifically this unit includes:

  • the building of knowledge of contemporary literacy learner identities and diverse contexts for learning
  • the development of intercultural understanding through language, literature and literacy
  • the development of knowledge about and curation of print and digital resources for language and literacy teaching
  • analysis of National and State curriculum policy including general capabilities and cross curriculum priorities
  • exploration of literacy pedagogies for students with diverse learning needs in print and multimodal environments.

These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities in the areas of language, literature and literacy

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Demonstrate knowledge of intercultural understanding through language, literature and literacy

GLO8: Global citizenship


Demonstrate knowledge about and capacity to curate print and digital resources for language and literacy teaching in diverse contexts

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO8: Global citizenship


Analyse and use of curriculum policy documents that inform the teaching of language, literature, literacy as they intersect with general capabilities and cross curriculum priorities

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking


Explore pedagogical approaches that support self-understanding and intercultural exchange between literacy learners from a wide range of cultural, socioeconomic and gender backgrounds

GLO8: Global citizenship

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Trimester 2:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week

Assessment 1 - Interview with a primary school teacher and textual audit of resources for a literacy unit

2000 words 50% Week 5

Assessment 2 - Planning and teaching for diversity

2000 words 50% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link ECL351
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list.

Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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