UWA Plus Micro-credentials for English Teachers

UWA Plus Micro-credentials for English Teachers

What are Micro-credentials?

Micro-credentials are professional short courses that demonstrate your skills, knowledge, and experience in a given subject area and UWA Plus offers micro-credentials for a variety of industries, including Education.

ETAWA partnered with UWA English and Literary Studies through The Big Picture Project, a research project designed to investigate some big questions and ongoing concerns within English teaching.

Out of this research, we learned that English teachers want more engagement with their subjects. They want connections to broader textual conversations, reinforcement from others in the field about literary and cultural concepts, and continued learning.

Summer Intensive Program 2024

 There are few places more beautiful than the UWA campus during the summer break. Come along while your mind is less occupied and enjoy the conversations. We will cover each unit over 4 days and you might even come away with new programs and resources ready for the beginning of the teaching year.

Monday January 22nd –  Thursday January 25th

ENGLM504  Navigating Novels 9 am – 12 pm

ENGLM503  Programming and Planning for the

  English Classroom 1 pm – 4 pm

Read below for more details on some of the courses, or go to UWA Plus for more information and enrolment.

Unpacking Texts and Producing Resources for the English Classroom

The unit explores the process of teaching fiction and non-fiction texts, from initial teacher reading to classroom delivery. Through a series of lectures, interviews, workshops, and activities, participants will investigate different reasons for selecting texts for study and consider how to structure student learning in the classroom and online. Each week the unit will model effective teacher practice demonstrating text selection, syllabus and concept identification, learning structures, and activity sequencing, and discuss methods of measuring students’ skills, knowledge, and progress. This unit will provide participants with opportunities and support to develop their own teaching and learning resources, will be mapped against the AITSL standards, and will be led by educators with extensive experience in producing resources for the classroom and for publication.

Each session will consider a fundamental question of text selection and conversations (lectures and tutorial discussions) will explore this question with reference to a particular text/s. The unit runs over three days, with two tutorials a day. Lectures are pre-recorded and readings will be available online.

Week 1

Exploring Text Selection and Engagement (Coraline, Neil Gaiman)

Week 2

Genre and the Democratisation of Texts (You versus Wild with Bear Grylls)

Week 3

Coming of Age and Classroom Concerns (Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson)

Week 4

To teach or not to teach: classics and canonicity (Persuasion, Jane Austen and Twelfth Night, Shakespeare)

Week 5

Novels, Text Selection, and High Stakes Testing (Cloudstreet, Tim Winton)

Week 6

Disruptive Modes and Teaching Methods (Kae Tempest)

Teaching Poetry: From Anon to AI

The unit provides interactive instruction and collaborative opportunities to explore the role of poetry in English education. Through a series of lectures, workshops, and assessments, participants will track the notion of the lyric I through time, beginning with anonymous poetry, through Romanticism, the rise of identity politics, and finally to the frontier of AI – with some other steps along the way. This content will be complemented by considerations of the history of poetry in the classroom, as well as detailed discussions from poets of creative practice that teachers might find useful for designing programs and lessons. The unit will be mapped against AITSL standards.

This unit included lectures from Lucy Dougan, John Kinsella, Tracy Ryan, Samuel Wagon

Watson, Tim Dolin, Dennis Haskell, Kieran Dolin, and more.

Week 1

Introduction: From Anon (Poetry By Heart Project and School Poetry)

Week 2

Conversations through Time (Eliot’s The Wasteland and Seamus Heaney)

Week 3

Romantic Legacies (Unacknowledged Poets, Dead Poets, and the Sublime)

Week 4

Poetry of Protest (Activism, Revolution, and Metatextual Poetry)

Week 5

Poetry and Place (Haunted Spaces and Global Connections with Samuel Wagon

Watson and Alice Oswald)

Week 6

Poetry of the Present (Science and Digital Poetics)

Programming and Planning for Subject English

The unit explores the different methods through which English teachers can strategically plan and program classroom teaching and learning. Through a 6-week series of lectures, interviews, workshops, and activities, participants will track trends in educational planning and consider the efficacy of various programming theories in their own English teaching context. This unit provides opportunities for participants to learn from other classroom practitioners and consider practical influences and constraints alongside theoretical frameworks. The unit supports participants in developing classroom-ready programs for specific school contexts and supports teachers in their professional practice. The unit will be mapped against AITSL standards and is supported by research conducted by a UWA and ETAWA joint project.

This unit is run over five weeks with a tutorial session each week, or over 4 days in the summer intensive. Lectures are pre-recorded and available online, along with reading materials.

Session 1

Subject English, Curriculum and Programming Choices

Session 2

Models of Programming: Storytelling, Concepts and Backward Mapping

Session 3

Models of Programming: Theme-based and Text-based

Session 4

Learning Programs and Assessment Design

Session 5

Context, Collaboration, and Continual Review

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