Course Outline

EDU737 Teaching Junior Secondary English

Course Coordinator:Phyllis Araneo ( School:School of Education and Tertiary Access

2023Semester 1

UniSC Sunshine Coast

UniSC Moreton Bay

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


This course builds capacity to design and discern effective pedagogy within English for Years 7 -10. You organise and plan lessons using the Australian Curriculum English, apply your knowledge, understanding and skills to interpret, evaluate and adapt learning, in order to engage Junior Secondary students. You will develop deep knowledge of how to integrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives into learning activities and critically reflect on your developing teaching practice.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – You are required to engage with 2 hour weekly learning materials, associated activities and required/recommended course reading materials accessed through Canvas modules. 2hrs Week 1 10 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Tutorials are face-to-face and, weekly tutorial materials can be accessed through Canvas modules. 2hrs Week 1 10 times
Seminar – On campus or online 1hr Week 3 6 times

Course Topics

  • Year 7-10 curriculum and policy frameworks relating to subject English.
  • Data that informs teaching, specifically NAPLAN (Years 7 and 9) and Australian Curriculum student achievement standards.
  • Literacy and numeracy in all learning areas.
  • Current language learning and critical literacy theory that informs English curriculum and the study of literature.
  • Strategies for differentiating teaching to meet the specific learning needs of a broad range of students from different social, cultural and language contexts.
  • Concepts, principles and structure of learner-centred English pedagogy, including teaching strategies.
  • Curriculum design (content, assessment and pedagogy) in subject English.
  • ICT applications to enhance teaching, learning and communication.

What level is this course?

700 Level (Specialised)

Demonstrating a specialised body of knowledge and set of skills for professional practice or further learning. Advanced application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Mapping Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming... Professional Standard Mapping * Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership
1 Apply deep knowledge of language learning theory and the Australian Curriculum English to critically evaluate and justify decisions related to teaching Junior Secondary English Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
2, 2.2, 3, 3.3
2 Plan, organise and integrate English content into authentic learning sequences demonstrating thorough understanding of concepts, principles and structure of English pedagogy. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
3 Use effective communication in different modes to an informed academic audience. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
4 Research and synthesise achievable, challenging learning goals to match student abilities, cater for diverse learning needs, and apply authentic assessment and moderation processes. Knowledgeable
5 Provide evidence of ability to use appropriate teaching strategies and resources such as ICT to support safe, responsible and ethical learning and teaching decisions. Knowledgeable
2.1, 4.5
6 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Junior Secondary English Knowledgeable
2, 2.3

* Competencies by Professional Body

Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership
2 PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE: Know the content and how to teach it
2.1 Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the concepts, substance and structure of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area
2.2 Content selection and organisation: Organise content into an effective learning and teaching sequence.
2.3 Curriculum, assessment and reporting: Use curriculum, assessment and reporting knowledge to design learning sequences and lesson plans.
3 PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE: Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
3.3 Use teaching strategies: Include a range of teaching strategies.
3.5 Use effective classroom communication: Demonstrate a range of verbal and non-verbal communication strategies to support student engagement
4.5 Use ICT safely, responsibly and ethically: Demonstrate an understanding of the relevant issues and the strategies available to support the safe, responsible and ethical use of ICT in learning and teaching.
5 PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE: Assess, provide feedback and report on student learning

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


Enrolled in Program ED706 and an English Teaching area


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

Early feedback on language skills will be provided in Week 3, following a formative in-class quiz. 

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Examination - not Centrally Scheduled Individual 20%
1500 words, 90 minute exam
Week 4 In Class
All 2 Oral and Written Piece Individual 40%
2000 words and 7 min video presentation
Week 7 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 3 Report Individual 40%
2500 words
Week 10 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:Examination
The goal of this task is to demonstrate your knowledge of the Australian and Queensland English curriculum and policy and the underpinning language theory.
Product: Examination - not Centrally Scheduled
The purpose of this task is to provide you opportunities to demonstrate your knowledge of the Australian Curriculum: English and current policy in preparation for the next two tasks. If the test reveals that you have some knowledge gaps or misunderstandings you will be offered additional support. This process of diagnosing and then providing follow up support mirrors how you can support students as a practising teacher. The test comprises multiple choice and short answer questions. One of these will include making and justifying an ethical judgment. You are encouraged to bring one single-sided page of notes to the test.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Knowledge and understanding of key concepts and principles of language development as outlined in the Australian Curriculum: English
Explanation of content and application of curriculum knowledge using appropriate meta-language.
Critical evaluation of curriculum materials as they relate to Junior secondary English learners
Written communication and academic literacies including grammar, English expression, APA referencing conventions, and technical accuracy
All - Assessment Task 2:Oral and Written Piece
The goal of this task is for you to demonstrate how you will teach an aspect of writing to a class. You will use an adolescent text as a resource, and you will apply specific teaching strategies to achieve the intended curriculum Learning Outcomes.
Product: Oral and Written Piece
There are five aspects to this task.
1. Choose a literary text that is suitable for use in Junior Secondary English. 
2. In an audio embedded in a Powerpoint, evaluate and justify the text selection alongside the range of teaching strategies you will use to teach the text to a range of students in a particular year level. This is presented to a hypothetical relief teacher as an introduction to the audio presentation (Suggested time 1 minute).
3. Create two (2) sequential lesson plans which are based on the chosen literary text and that develop writing knowledge and skills in a particular genre. Reference must be made to the chosen literary text and to specific ACARA requirements for teaching writing. 
4. Discuss, in the audio presentation how, in one of the lessons, you plan to teach one aspect of writing to a class of students (suggested 5-6 minutes). In the discussion you will reference the intended ACARA learning outcomes, their connection to practices in the Four Resources Model, and the teaching strategies you will employ. 
5. Finally, provide a reflection on the decisions made as you designed your lesson sequence.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Knowledge of appropriate curriculum and pedagogical requirements for a range of students in the nominated age group.
Implementation of writing teaching strategies in the selected genre to achieve learning goals and reflection on teaching practice.
1 2 4
Organisation of lesson materials and associated skills – logical development of lesson plans, assessment practices, teaching strategies, and control over audio and Powerpoint
2 5
Written and oral communication and academic literacies including grammar, English expression, APA referencing conventions, and technical accuracy.
Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the Junior Secondary English curriculum
1 6
All - Assessment Task 3:Evaluation and plan to renew a Unit of Work
Evaluate a learning sequence provided in a Unit of Work and use student assessment data to support recommendations.
Product: Report
During tutorials in Weeks 8 and 9, you will learn how to interpret school students' assessment data. You will also learn how to evaluate the content and structure of a Unit of Work that has been supplied to you. The content will include ACARA Content Descriptors, the learning sequence, the strategies and resources used, what was assessed, and how it was assessed. 
Following the evaluation, you will write a report that reviews the current learning sequence and makes recommendations for improvement for all students. Possible report headings will be provided on CANVAS.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Critical evaluation of the unit of work, student data, and planning documents including assessment and feedback strategies and tools
1 4
Application of curriculum knowledge and student learning needs evident in the recommendations made for renewal.
1 6
Justification of renewed design with reference to research and policy documents which include those from ACARA English and correct referencing of the same.
Written communication and academic literacies including grammar, English expression, APA referencing conventions, and technical accuracy.

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.


Period and Topic Activities
Module 1, Weeks 1-3
Australian Curriculum English: F-12
Queensland Curriculum English: Years 7-10. 
Language acquisition theories and models – including the Four Resources Model
The role of adolescent literature in language learning
Exploring education policy documents.
Navigating the Australian and Queensland Curriculum English websites.
Engaging with the genres of adolescent literature.
Learning how to interpret documents, make and justify ethical decisions and provide written responses.
Investigating relevant English policy documents found in English journals.
Engaging in library work.
Reading young adult literature.
Readings and tutorial/online activities are updated weekly in CANVAS Learning Materials.
Module 2, Weeks 4-7
English teaching strategies for diverse learners in a range of contexts.
Introduction to teaching strategies that include those that are non-verbal and ICT based (with emphasis on the safe, responsible and ethical use of ICTs). 
Apply teaching strategies during tutorials to cater for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and other groups’ histories, cultures and languages. 
Link teaching strategies to relevant stages and strands of English learning and teaching in curriculum documents. 
Organise and integrate lesson content, with teaching strategies including ICT for diverse learners, resources and timing in a Lesson Plan. 
Read a variety of journal articles based on explicit English teaching strategies for adolescents.
Practise the use of strategies. View English lessons provided in CANVAS materials.
Weekly readings and tutorial/online activities are provided in Learning Materials on CANVAS.
Module 3, Weeks 8-10
Understanding how to plan, organise and integrate English content into a Unit of Work.
Researching the contents of an English Unit of Work. 
Interpreting student assessment data and evaluating teaching programs.
Learning about assessment in English, feedback, moderation and reporting practices. 	
Additional readings and tutorial/online activities are provided in Learning Materials on CANVAS.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

There are no required/recommended resources for this course.

Specific requirements


How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Eligibility for Supplementary Assessment

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%.
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale.
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct.

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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