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Critical Approaches To English ESH310




In this culminating English unit, you will further the work commenced in ESH110 in language, and the work in ESH210 on literacy, closely integrating this with a focus on the Literature Strand of the Australian Curriculum: English. The unit will involve critical studies of children’s literature, including traditional tales, contemporary realistic fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, poetry, biography and memoir, and culturally diverse literature.  You will explore the role of literature in the socialisation of children, and will learn about the ways, beliefs, values and ideologies in literature shape children’s lives. You will investigate the choices authors and illustrators make to serve different purposes in different social, historical and cultural contexts. You will study classroom approaches to the teaching of Literature, such as: responding to literature, examining language features and devices, and creating multimodal narrative texts. You will learn to apply both theoretical and pedagogical knowledge by designing a literature-based unit of work.


Unit name Critical Approaches To English
Unit code ESH310
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Education
Discipline Education

Teaching staff

Dr. Angela Thomas

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2020: $835.00 2020: $2,108.00 070103

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    ESH210 or ESH309


Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:


Teaching Pattern

On-Campus students: 1.5 hr Lecture Content, 1.5 hr tutorial x 12 weeks.

Online students: Lectures, weekly activities and discussions


AT1. Critical Investigation (40%) - 1500 words

You will select a traditional tale and investigate it for its potential to work with critical ideas in the classroom. There are two stages to this assignment:

1. Select a traditional tale. Rewrite it to subvert the dominant ideologies of that tale. Your rewrite may be in the form of either a written or multimodal text. (300 words or equivalent)

2. Discuss the theoretical underpinnings for your rewrite and outline how you would work critically with versions of this tale (both traditional and new) in your selected classroom context. (1200 words)

AT2. Critical Response Portfolio (60%) – 2500 words

During weeks 2 – 12 (excluding week 7) you will be asked to engage with and critically respond to a series of topics on the MyLo discussion boards. This will include: reading excerpts from children’s literature, engaging in analytical work, discussing theoretical concepts and interrogating the work of other scholars, relating theory to your own teaching context, unpacking the Literature strand of the English curriculum, exploring critical and creative pedagogies, exploring effective assessment strategies, and appraising Literature-based units of work.

From your discussions, you will select 5 of the assigned topics to develop to a more formal level for submission for assessment.

Each response should be approximately 500 words and should be fully referenced.

More specifically, for each week’s topic, you will:

(a)        Identify the theoretical dimensions of the topic and illustrate these dimensions using excerpts from literature

(b)        Appraise the topic with respect to its use in your own classroom context

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