EMH409 Highly Effective Teaching: Primary Arts, Humanities and Languages (8)

This is a core subject to meet the requirements for a primary specialisation in Arts, Humanities and Languages. Teacher education students' understandings of best practice in primary teaching and learning will be developed through inquiry-based learning and assessment. Arts, HASS/HSIE students will conduct an inquiry into a topic in their area of focus from the Arts/HSIE curriculum. Language students will conduct an individual inquiry into a topic of language-specific curriculum and pedagogical studies. All students will expand their understanding of and skills in curriculum integration including literacy, numeracy and critical and creative thinking, and importantly, ways to promote understanding and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and languages in the primary context. A deeper engagement with constructivist pedagogy through inquiry-based learning will occur and students will pay particular attention to the use of ICTs to support student and teacher professional learning.


Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EMH409. 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 Teacher Education

Enrolment Restrictions

This subject is only available to students in the Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) course.

Assumed Knowledge

Students will have completed EMH205 or EMH419 or EML451 or EMA210 or EMA410 prior to completing this subject.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to discuss inquiry as a broad pedagogical constructivist approach, which promotes the integration of the curriculum;
  • be able to construct multiple ways to integrate the primary curriculum;
  • be able to apply theories of inquiry based learning for best practice primary teaching and learning;
  • be able to identify and critique a range of global and local topics and issues relevant to best practice primary teaching and learning in the Australian context;
  • be able to discuss approaches to implementing critical thinking skills, as best practice primary teaching;
  • be able to evaluate and use a range of resources, with specific attention to ICT-based materials.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Teacher as inquirer
  • Making the learning areas come alive: Arts, Languages, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Inquiry as pedagogy: Common inquiry processes (inquiry learning, design thinking, action research, Understanding by Design (UbD) ) and their applications to practice
  • Pedagogical content knowledge in the Arts, Humanities and Languages
  • Languages-specific curriculum and pedagogical studies (Language students only)
  • Inquiry as pedagogy: Integrating curriculum, literacy, numeracy and critical and creative thinking into the learning area Arts, Humanities, or Languages
  • Respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and languages in the primary context
  • Use of ICTs to support student and teacher professional learning

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of EMH409 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 %
Inquiry action plan
Final inquiry report

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.