EML306 English Curriculum: Primary (8)

This subject develops and consolidates students' understanding of English content knowledge in language, literature and literacy to enable Stage 2 and Stage 3 students to appreciate the value of the English language for communication, knowledge and enjoyment. Students revise and build on their understandings of current research in language, literature and literacy, including the explicit teaching of speaking, listening, reading, writing, viewing and representing. Students will examine a range of theoretical perspectives and models for teaching English in order to meet the specific needs of diverse learners. Learning experiences will promote students' abilities to critically analyse diverse texts, including multimodal texts, and a wide range of teaching and learning resources. Students will design sequential learning experiences aligned with the NSW K-10 English syllabus, including assessment strategies, for Stage 2 and Stage 3 students.


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

Enrolment Restrictions

Not available to students who have completed EL309 or EML322

Assumed Knowledge


Subject Relationships

EML322 Incompatible subject
EML309 Incompatible subject
EPT127 Assumed Knowledge

Incompatible Subjects

EML309, EML322

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to examine and apply, in their planning for teaching, the English Syllabus content knowledge in the strands of language, literature and literacy with a specific focus on Stage 2 and Stage 3 students;
  • be able to select and evaluate a range of resources, including digitally based materials, to support the explicit teaching of speaking, listening, reading, writing, viewing and representing;
  • be able examine a range of theoretical perspectives and select appropriate models of teaching to support the teaching of English content knowledge in contemporary Stage 2 and Stage 3 classrooms;
  • be able to plan sequential Stage 2 and Stage 3 literacy instruction incorporating reading, writing, speaking, listening and viewing;
  • be able to create and incorporate a range of literacy assessments to inform instruction and offer focused feedback to learners; and
  • be able to differentiate instruction in English for varying learning needs, within the guidelines of the NSW English Syllabus and other State and Federal curriculum resources.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Characteristics of learners in Stage 2 and Stage 3
  • Language and learning
  • Literature in the contemporary classroom
  • Selecting appropriate resources for intermediate and accomplished readers and writers
  • Analysing text features and genres
  • Explicit teaching of speaking, listening, reading, writing, viewing and representing
  • The teaching and learning cycle
  • Dialogic pedagogies for literacy learning
  • Differentiating instruction for inclusion
  • Effective assessment practices
  • The NSW English Syllabus, Australian Curriculum English, and state and national resources that support literacy planning and teaching in Australian Stage 2 and Stage 3 classrooms

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of EML306 in Session 2 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 %
Using and evaluating texts
Designing a unit of work

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.