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.
Stage 4 & 5 English Teachers
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.
There are no occurrences of Online - Individual in Australia (ACT) at this time.
Explain the process teachers can undertake to create a unit of work relevant to the Australian English Curriculum.
Revise strands and structure of curriculum.
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.
Ask teachers to write a unit focus for the unit of work they wish to develop.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ask teachers to write headings in order for their unit of work.
Recommend teachers refer to their existing unit of work for ideas.
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.
Ask teachers to identify and collate resources and write if necessary.
Recommend teachers refer to their existing unit of work for ideas.
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.
Ask teachers to write 3 lessons.
An existing unit of work you wish to adapt.
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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.
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.
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.
Worked well being delivered online.
Very quick and helpful feedback from Shelley when needed. The site and forum was very easy to navigate as well.
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.
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.
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.
This was an interesting course that expanded and confirmed my knowledge and understanding of the new Australian English Curriculum.
I absolutely loved this course. Even though it coincided with the end of term and reports, it was flexible and very well planned out.
The course provided me with new information regarding the new curriculum that I was not confident with.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The course was informative, however, the indicative hours were insufficient for the course requirements.
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.
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.
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.