2.1 Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area

Narrative Conventions

In Australia, the English curriculum mainly evolves around conventions. I find it interesting to see that, even though the subject is called English, the language is not studied much. Instead, the students learn to analyse different types of text through a very structured manner. First, they analyse the generic conventions and then they will move onto specific type conventions such as visual conventions for feature films and narrative conventions for stories.  Continue reading “Narrative Conventions”

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Book Review

Review: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

I tried really hard to finish the whole Harry Potter-series before I relocated to Karratha for my second practicum. Unfortunately, I did not manage to finish the last book so that one has to wait until I come back. The pre-final Harry Potter book marked my memory as one of explanation. As for those who have not read the books are left with too many questions after watching just the movies. Continue reading “Review: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”

General

To Teach, or Not To Teach Grammar?

For a long time, grammar was not taught in secondary schools in Australia. It was believed that grammar instruction was unnecessary as students would acquire the grammar rules automatically. According to the Australian Curriculum, teachers now have to teach several rules during secondary school. However, these teachers often never had a grammar lesson in their lives. Therefore, grammar lessons are still not often done in Australian secondary schools.  Continue reading “To Teach, or Not To Teach Grammar?”

Book Review

Review: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

With Voldemort fully revived, the universe of Harry Potter has changed into a grim world. A corrupt government, a torturous teacher and an undefined link between Harry and Voldemort’s mind is definitely not helping to lighten the mood in this book. I feel that in this book, Rowling has yet again found a way to up her game.  Continue reading “Review: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”

General, Standard 2: Know the content and how to teach it

Generic Conventions

From the start of my Graduate Diploma in Education at the University of Western Australia, I knew that I had a lot of content to catch up on. Teaching English as a first language is completely different to teaching English as a second language as the focus in First Language Acquisition (FLA) is less on form and more on literature than in Second Language Acquisition (SLA). I asked around for books that I should read, and studied my literary terms.  Continue reading “Generic Conventions”