Not currently offered
Course code



20 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course will explore language as a social practice and discover its significance in learning and development. Initial Teacher Education Students (ITES) will analyse the literacy demands of different subject areas, and learn strategies for assessing and teaching reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing, and representing in the secondary classroom. Specific strategies to address intercultural competence and cater for the learning needs of multilingual students or students who require additional language and literacy support are introduced. This course will detail the ways in which new technologies can be used to support and extend student learning. Through a project-based task, ITES will develop the capacity and confidence to employ digital devices and software applications to construct and communicate new knowledge in and beyond the classroom. Attention will also be given to the social impact of technology; frameworks for thinking about the pedagogical use of new technologies; digital, visual and media literacy; and information literacy processes


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Trimester 1 - 2021.

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): EDUC6741 and EDUC6751. Students who have successfully completed EDUC6741 or EDUC6751 are not eligible to enrol in EDUC6781.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Identify the literacy and technology demands of different subject areas in Secondary school contexts.

2. Understand language as a social practice and its significance in student learning and development.

3. Employ strategies for teaching and assessing reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing and representing in the Secondary classroom.

4. Apply strategies (including the use of assistive technologies) to cater for the learning needs of students for whom English is a second language and those who require additional language and literacy.

5. Relate relevant pedagogical frameworks and curriculum models to classroom use of new technologies.

6. Use technology as a tool to facilitate quality teaching and learning and communicate new knowledge.

7. Display an understanding of critical, digital, visual, media, and information literacy.

8. Work collaboratively on a project-based learning task.


  • Literacy and language as social practice.
  • Literacy and language development.
  • The role of technology in knowledge construction and communication.
  • Supporting all students to achieve greater language and literacy proficiency.
  • Strategies for assessing and teaching language and literacies.
  • Teaching English to multilingual students and support strategies for students with additional language and literacy needs.
  • Frameworks for the pedagogical use of new technologies.
  • Digital, visual and media literacy concepts and principles and the information literacy process.       
  • The design process and project-based learning of new technologies.
  • Evaluation of new technologies and their social impact.


To enrol in this course students must be active in one of the following programs:

- Master of Teaching (Secondary) [40204], or the

- Master of Teaching (Secondary) [11715].

Students who have successfully completed EDUC6741 or EDUC6751 cannot enrol in EDUC6781.

Assessment items

Proposal / Plan: Textual deconstruction - 30%

Project: Project: Literacy planning, pedagogy, and assessment. - 50%

Presentation: ICT resource package - 20%

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