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.


Session 1 (30)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EEB438. 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

Enrolment Restrictions

Not available to students who have completed EEB311.

Assumed Knowledge

EEL445 and EEL418

Subject Relationships

EEB311 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

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


This 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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of EEB438 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Adult literacy resources and context
Planning for a new student

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.