EEB438 Teaching Literacy in Adult and Vocational Education (8)


This subject covers skills and knowledge required to analyse and apply effective adult literacy teaching practices to meet the needs of learners in adult and vocational education contexts. Students will explore and critically analyse adult literacy theories and apply these theories through the development of teaching strategies relevant to their practice and their particular adult and vocational education context.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
OnlineWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EEB438
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Education

Assumed Knowledge

EEL445 and EEL418

Enrolment restrictions

Not available to students who have completed EEB311.
Incompatible subject(s)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Apply adult learning principles to the teaching of adult literacy;
  • Analyse, apply and critically evaluate the conceptual frameworks and theories underpinning adult literacy teaching;
  • Critically evaluate teaching approaches that support the development of students' literacy skills and knowledge in authentic and relevant contexts;
  • Determine the applicability of teaching approaches to specific needs, levels of literacy, learning styles, and contexts of those participating in literacy provision;
  • Select, develop and/or adapt effective learning resources to meet students' literacy needs;
  • Identify learning resources (from traditional and new and emerging technologies) that link to literacy learning outcomes and promote learner engagement with tasks and activities;
  • Source and evaluate materials relevant to social and cultural needs of students; and
  • Critically analyse and evaluate effectiveness of teaching strategies.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Theoretical frameworks for literacy teaching.
  • Pedagogies for literacy teaching in Adult and Vocational Education.
  • Approaches to literacy teaching in Adult and Vocational Education.
  • Adult literacy resources.
  • Strategies for teaching literacy skills.
  • Analysis of students' literacy needs.
  • Matching strategies and resources to student needs through students' needs.
  • Assessment in adult literacy teaching.
  • Critical analysis and evaluation of approaches to literacy teaching.


The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 13 April 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.