EML439 English Curriculum: Pedagogies in the primary years (8)


This subject develops and consolidates students' understanding of English content knowledge in the strands of language, literature and literacy with a focus on the Primary years of schooling. Students will engage in learning experiences that promote their ability to critically analyse texts for content, structure and language features. They will engage more deeply with contemporary theories of literacy learning and teaching, and learn a range of pedagogical strategies, including the use of technological innovation for comprehending, critiquing and constructing multimodal and digital texts in classrooms. Students will learn how to design sequences of learning which reflect a balanced approach to literacy teaching and draw on the NSW K-10 English Syllabus.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
DistanceBathurst Campus
Session 2
DistanceBathurst Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EML439
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One session HD/FLSchool of Teacher Education

Enrolment restrictions

Prerequisite(s)Incompatible subject(s)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to understand and apply theories of literacy learning and teaching
  • be able to explain connections between relevant theory, current issues and pedagogical practices
  • be able to analyse appropriate texts
  • be able to utilise a range of technologies, digital tools and ICTs
  • be able to utilise a range of curriculum and syllabus resources


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • sociocultural theories of language and literacy;
  • understanding texts and contexts;
  • designing lesson sequences;
  • teaching strategies;
  • understanding learners;
  • using technology; and
  • language and literacy across the curriculum.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.