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This unit introduces you to pedagogies appropriate for supporting the learning of literacy in classrooms. Opportunities are provided for you to develop your personal literacy skills and identify where these skills can be applied in the context of education support. Through this unit you will develop an understanding of appropriate pedagogies for individualising literacy development, along with the theoretical underpinnings of how children learn in and through literacy. You will deepen your own content knowledge, along with assessing children’s literacy thinking using work samples and practical classroom examples.

Summary 2021

Unit name Foundations of Literacy Support
Unit code EES160
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Education
Discipline Education

Anna Thomas

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No



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Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify strengths and weaknesses in your literacy skills, and evaluate evidence of your own learning.
  2. Reflect on your current skills and knowledge in relation to literacy support work.
  3. Articulate learners language and literacy development and discuss the consequences of this development in literacy support work.
  4. Describe key concepts and essential knowledge with regard to literacy support in Australian educational contexts.




Task 1: Personal literacy skills and beliefs audit (20%)

Task 2: Literacy work sample analysis (40%)

Task 3: Literacy support plan (40%)

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