Adapting existing Units of Work to meet the Needs of the Aust. English Curriculum - Online

Learn how to plan a unit of work for the National English Curriculum using your existing resources and units of work and adapting them to meet new curriculum needs.
Target Audience
Stage 4 & 5 English Teachers
31 reviews
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Learning Areas

Teaching Standards

General Description

Considering the amount of time necessary to plan for the National English Curriculum, it’s comforting to know that there are ways you can adapt your existing resources to meet the needs of the new curriculum. This course takes you through planning a unit of work for the National English Curriculum, while utilising your existing units of work and resources. The course will guide teachers through the process of writing a unit of work, showing you how to develop and collate resources that adhere to the content descriptions, achievements standards, general capabilities, cross-curriculum priorities and links to other subject areas. This is a hands-on course where teachers will work with an existing unit of work they want to adapt to meet the needs of the new curriculum. By the end of the course, teachers will have developed a plan related to the curriculum requirements, written a focus for the unit of work, identified and collated relevant resources and have begun writing the unit of work.

Audience

Stage 4 & 5 English Teachers

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

A normal online course is delivered over 1-12 weeks and is worth from 3-12 PDhrs depending on the course content and its objectives. Participants will not need to take time off, the course date is the START date only, end dates will be advertised with course hours. Learn more HERE.


This course contributes to 11.0 professional development hours.

Occurrences

There are no occurrences of Online - Individual in Australia (ACT) at this time.

Sessions

Process of writing a unit of work

30 minutes

Explain the process teachers can undertake to create a unit of work relevant to the Australian English Curriculum.
Use PowerPoint.
Revise strands and structure of curriculum.

Creating a focus for the unit of work

1 hour and 40 minutes

Explain to teachers the importance of a focus and what they want students to achieve by the end of the unit of work.
Use PowerPoint.
Ask teachers to write a unit focus for the unit of work they wish to develop.

Reference to the Australian English Curriculum

2 hours

Explain to teachers the importance of choosing appropriate content descriptions and achievement standards for the unit of work.
Show teachers an example for a unit of work already created.
Use PowerPoint.
Ask teachers to identify the content descriptions and achievement standards they wish to focus on in their unit of work.
Also recommend that teachers identify general capabilities, cross-curriculum priorities and links to other subject areas.

Creating an assessment task and writing an outline of the un

1 hour and 50 minutes

Explain to teachers the importance of creating an assessment task for the unit of work. Make a link between the assessment task and unit of work content/learning activities.
Give teachers an example.
Ask teachers to create an assessment task for their unit of work.
Use PowerPoint.
Explain the concept of explicit teaching and how to incorporte this into the unit of work. Give teachers an example.
Explain how to come up with headings for each lesson that ensures explicit teaching. Give an example of headings for a unit of work already created.
Use PowerPoint.
Ask teachers to write headings in order for their unit of work.
Recommend teachers refer to their existing unit of work for ideas.

Identifying and collating resources

1 hour and 50 minutes

Give teachers a list of relevant resources currently available for the Australian English Curriculum.
Explain that teachers can collate, use existing resources from units of work or write the resources themselves.
Show teachers an example of resources for one of the headings in the unit of work already written. Show teachers how to write and adapt resources to suit the Australian English Curriculum.
Use PowerPoint.
Ask teachers to identify and collate resources and write if necessary.
Recommend teachers refer to their existing unit of work for ideas.

Writing the unit of work

3 hours and 20 minutes

Explain to teachers how to write a unit of work in a manner appropriate for the audience and purpose.
Show teachers an example of a lesson from a unit of work already created.
Point out to teachers possible teaching strategies suitable for lessons.
EXplain to teachers how to differentiate the curriculum by considering the needs of gifted and talented students and students with specific educational needs.
Ask teachers to write a profile of their students.
Point out to teachers possible structure of the unit of work.
Use PowerPoint.
Ask teachers to write 3 lessons.

What To Bring

An existing unit of work you wish to adapt.

User Rating

4.2

Latest Reviews

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Adapting existing Units of Work to meet the Needs of the Aust. English Curriculum - Online
by Adrienne Beck on 18/01/2016

The course was very comprehensive and gave excellent and specific insight into the particular demands of the National Curriculum. Resources were made to work with both the NSW version and the National version.

Adapting existing Units of Work to meet the Needs of the Aust. English Curriculum - Online
28/01/2015

The course was extremely helpful in terms of providing an excellent range of detailed resources on the new curriculum requirements. The step-by-step instructions and templates were clear but also flexible so that I was able to rework a relevant program for the future.

by Ingrid Seck on 17/12/2013

I found this course to be very informative and it gave me some new ideas about how to effectively change the previously used units of work to incorporate the requirements of the National Curriculum. I had worked through many of the processes but this course ensured me that I was on the right track when it came to developing ideas for the next step in education in Australia.

13/12/2013

Worked well being delivered online.

12/12/2013

Very quick and helpful feedback from Shelley when needed. The site and forum was very easy to navigate as well.

27/11/2013

The course was delivered well and made me really knuckle down to the details of the programming process. Shelley was very accessible and helpful and the course was clear and easy to follow. I learned a lot about the new syllabus and how to program for it.

by Joanne Baker on 15/11/2013

A thoroughly enjoyable course, which afforded me the opportunity to adapt my units of work, and see other units be adapted – which gave me a lot of confidence in a) the work that my LA is doing and b) the transition to AEC.

by Karen Tilson on 30/09/2013

The course was very good at making Teachers engage closely with the new NSW Curriculum, especially highlighting areas of importance. However, as Teachers become more familiar with the new curriculum (from next year on wards), I don’t think that this level of detail or the amount of activities will be necessary. Also some of the activities were targeted more at junior/beginning teachers, such as writing a notification. Possibly this course should be targeted more at beginner Teachers or those returning to the workforce after a break.

by Emma Dixon on 25/09/2013

This was an interesting course that expanded and confirmed my knowledge and understanding of the new Australian English Curriculum.

Abigail Butler
by Abigail Butler on 27/05/2013

I absolutely loved this course. Even though it coincided with the end of term and reports, it was flexible and very well planned out.

Mishelle Barnes
by Mishelle Barnes on 27/05/2013

The course provided me with new information regarding the new curriculum that I was not confident with.

Jade Challenor
by Jade Challenor on 27/05/2013

I found the course helpful overall. However, it took me a long time to figure out the difference between the national syllabus and the nsw syllabus and the activities often didn’t make this clear enough. I come away with a good knowledge of the syllabus through my own research but feel I spent too much time on simple things such as writing a course description and assessment notification as I already do this in similarly at my school.

Zorica Bicanic
by Zorica Bicanic on 18/03/2013

I enjoyed the course, although there were a number of components and a lot of work involved. It was helpful in getting my head around the new curriculum and how to create program’s. I think the duration if the course needs to be longer to be able to complete the work more thoroughly.

Calli Vogel
by Calli Vogel on 18/03/2013

There was at least 10 hours work required to complete this course, not 6 as advertised. It was very difficult to complete the course in the 6 weeks; thanks to Shelley for extending the time available. Much of the course was irrelevant as it forcused on how to write a unit of work from scratch, not how ADAPT a current one to meet Australian Curriculum requirements. As a teacher of 17 years experience who knows how to write a unit of work much of the course’s focus was not needed.

Santhe Titheradge
by Santhe Titheradge on 18/03/2013

Course needs to be specific in amount of hours required. Current indicative hours are too brief and need to be extended to allow for thorough completion of the course.

Sarah Gauchat
18/03/2013

I enjoyed the course but found that with postings to all the forum questions and actually finding all the relevent information in the new syllabus documents, then transfering that information into creating our own unit took many more hours than expected. I appreciated the scaffold of the program templates but perhaps links to the specific pages of the BoS docs would speed things up too.

Kylie Nowalinski
by Kylie Nowalinski on 18/03/2013

The course was informative, however, the indicative hours were insufficient for the course requirements.

18/03/2013
Narelle Carlon
by Narelle Carlon on 15/10/2012

I found the course useful for thinking about differentiation of the curriculum. I would have liked more immersion in the Australian Curriculum and pedagogy related to that. I found the reproduction of course documents to be not particlarly useful – most experienced teachers can adapt existing material to new document formats without too much trouble.

Peter Papilos
by Peter Papilos on 15/10/2012

This was an excellent course which really enhanced my understanding of how to adapt existing units of work to meet the needs of the Australian Curriculum.


About the team


Shelley McNamara

Creator

I have been teaching English since 1994, mainly in public schools. I became an English teacher because I could continue my love of reading and stories. I am passionate about creative writing, enjoying writing myself and teaching students how to write imaginatively. I have been writing textbooks for the education market since 2008.




TTA (Teacher Training Australia)

Creator

TTA is Australia’s largest independent provider of accredited Professional Development for teachers.  TTA has over 200 presenters delivering over 600 workshops per year, and has worked with over 30 000 teachers.