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Evaluation of Teaching Program

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Length: 2000 words

Task: There are several parts to this assignment.

Part 1: Select one of the following units of work or teaching programs and evaluate it in line with criteria outlined below:

Option 1: Andrea Hayes� unit on study of the documentary, Super Size Me;

Option 2: Stewart McGowan�s unit on �Integrating Grammar in the New Syllabus: A Case Study� (mETAphor, 2013);

Option 3: or the module for Yrs 9-10 �Understanding China through literature� from the Asia Education website (which can be accessed via the longer URL –; or it can be accessed via the small URL- For purposes of this assignment, we ask that you choose a unit of work that you have not taught yourself

Part 2: Once you have decided on one of the options above, you need to select another unit, either from the Readings, from a school (you will need their approval) or from one of the plethora of websites devoted to unit plans � In this part of the assignment, you will compare the second unit with the first. Consider the extent to which both units are effective. You need to make reference to relevant syllabus documents in your discussion of each one. You may use the Australian curriculum for English (ACARA) or the syllabus document for your state.

In your critical evaluation of the first unit, ensure that you:

Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the focus unit.
Respond to the unit as a pre-service teacher. For example, if you were teaching it, which parts would you enjoy, feel challenged by, not attempt or modify to suit your own teaching style and philosophy? What would you add to that is not already there? Give a rationale for your response to the unit.
Compare the designated unit with a second one, making reference to relevant syllabus documents as you evaluate strengths and weaknesses of each one. You may either give a brief summary of the unit or include a copy of it in an appendix to this assignment.
Apply key concepts from at least three readings (or chapters from books) to your critical evaluation of the unit. Which critical theories and/or models of the subject are evident in this unit?
In evaluating units, some questions to keep in mind are listed here below:

Is the unit appropriate for the stage/class designated?
Are the texts appropriate?
Do the aims, teaching strategies and assessment tasks of the unit match syllabus outcomes?
Would the unit interest students?
Would the unit interest me if I were a student? What level of intellectual challenge is there in the unit?
Is there a balance of talking, listening, reading, writing, viewing & representing in the tasks given to students?
Is there appropriate and relevant use of ICT?
Are teaching strategies and assessment tasks clearly explained, practical and realistic?
Where does the unit sit on the continuum between a collection of lessons almost randomly organised, with little relation between them and an integrated and unified sequence, organised around a central idea?
10. Does significant learning for students occur? What leads you to your conclusions on this question? (e.g. you may base your evaluation here on reading of expert literature, on personal experience or classroom observations of similar teaching programs, on syllabus or curriculum materials).

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