EML306 English Curriculum: Pedagogies in the Primary Years (8)

This subject will develop and consolidate 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 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 Outlines
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Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Bathurst Campus
Dubbo Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EML306. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Education

Assumed Knowledge

This subject assumes knowledge of core concepts and theory related to literacy and language education.

Incompatible Subjects

EML309, EML322

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to critically engage with, discuss and apply theories of literacy learning and teaching;
  • be able to explain connections between relevant theory, current issues and pedagogical practices;
  • be able to utilise a range of technologies, digital tools and ICTs to design sequences of learning and to communicate their own learning;
  • be able to utilise a range of curriculum and syllabus documents, resources, and pedagogical strategies to design balanced literacy learning sequences that address the needs of learners from diverse backgrounds;
  • demonstrate knowledge of the language structures and features for a range of more complex texts.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • English language and literacies theory and critique;
  • Understanding texts and contexts text types, semiotic systems, structure and language features, content;
  • Designing literacy learning - balanced English pedagogy and practice across the primary years of schooling;
  • Technologies, digital tools and ICTs for the teaching of English.


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.