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ECL761 - English Curriculum Inquiry

Unit details


2020 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online), CBD*

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Jo O'Mara
Cohort rule:

Students must be enrolled in course D303, E760, E762, E763 or E765


Literature studies sub-major or equivalent

D303 students must also have passed 24 credit points of study at levels 1, 2 & 3 with a minimum WAM of 60%

Students enrolled in course E762, E763 or E765 commencing 2020, must pass unit EEE754 plus 1 unit from EEE755, EEE756, EPR721, EPR731, EPR751


E762 course students must pass co-req unit EPR724
E765 course students must pass co-req unit EPR754

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.

In Person Attendance Requirements
Students who are completing professional experience placements are not required to attend classes or scheduled synchronous sessions during the placement.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

Time engaging in learning activities is expected to total a combined equivalent of 8-10 hours per week.

This includes engagement with materials, responses to tasks, independent study and 1 x 3-hour scheduled seminar per non-placement teaching week (approx. 6-9 weeks).

Students need to enroll in correct method in STAR. Please check your enrolment with a course advisor from student experience.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Time engaging in learning activities is expected to total a combined equivalent of 8-10 hours per week.

This includes engagement with materials, responses to tasks, regular forum posting and responding to others, scheduled synchronous online discussions and independent study during non-placement teaching weeks (approx. 6-9 weeks).

It is highly recommended that you attend scheduled synchronous discussions in CloudDeakin throughout the trimester.


*CBD refers to Institute of Koorie Education; Community Based Delivery


This unit focuses on the practices of being a secondary English teacher, approaches to teaching different elements of the English curriculum and issues in the teaching of language/ English curriculum. The course focuses on how to develop students’ skills in speaking, listening, reading, viewing and writing in the middle years of compulsory education, looking forward to the teaching of English at senior levels. Attention will also be given to lesson planning, English curricular models, teaching literature/cultural studies in both print and non-print forms and the analysis of language development theories.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Identify, analyse, evaluate and critique issues in the planning, teaching and assessment of secondary English curriculum

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Demonstrate highly effective interpersonal, oral, written and electronic communication skills in group collaboration

GLO3: Digital literacy

GLO7: Teamwork


Work collaboratively with colleagues to critically reflect on professional practice and theory to develop a sophisticated curriculum resource in accordance with state and national policy documents, language and learning principles and the individual, diverse needs of students and schools

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO3: Digital literacy

GLO6: Self-management

GLO7: Teamwork


Demonstrate, analyse, synthesise and critically reflect upon current teaching practices and students' learning in secondary English

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO6: Self-management

GLO7: Teamwork


Articulate a sophisticated, highly aware, personal frame of reference for English teaching and learning that positions the student as a teacher in the English classroom

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO6: Self-management

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


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

Assessment 1 (Individual) - Written assignment

2500 words 50% Information not yet available

Assessment 2 (Group) - Oral Presentation 

duration approximately 30 minutes 50% Information not yet available

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 ECL761
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.

Unit Fee Information

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