Professional Reading for English Teachers

The micro-credential explores several seminal texts in the field of English teaching and considers ways to embed professional reading throughout participants' careers.

Through a series of lectures, set readings, workshops and assessments, participants will track trends and developments in history of subject English from Matthew Arnold to John Dixon to Terry Eagleton and Ian Hunter, as well engaging with contemporary professional publications and new literary releases.

This micro-credential lets teachers dive down into some research ‘rabbit-holes' while also considering professional reading goals and maintaining academic passion throughout future careers.

The micro-credential will be mapped against AITSL standards and is supported by research conducted by a joint research project conducted by UWA English and Literary Studies and the English Teachers' Association of Western Australia.

Upon successful completion of this micro-credential, you'll receive:

  • Two PD Points
  • A Certificate of Achievement
  • A UWA Plus Professional Development Transcript, listing all successfully completed micro-credentials
Delivery mode
Online (timetabled)
Not available 2024
Total effort - 50 hours comprising:
  • Classes 2hrs x 6
  • Reading 2hrs x 6
  • Lectures 1hrs (4x15min) x 6
  • Weekly engagement (quiz and discussion forums) 1hr x 6
  • Final Assessment 14hrs
  • Academic lead
    Professor Tanya Dalziell
    $440 inc. GST
    Critical information summary
    ENGLM502 Professional Reading for English Teachers [PDF 246KB]
    Students on campus

    What you'll learn

    Participants will be able to:

    Interpret texts produced in varied cultural and historical contexts with sensitivity to the pedagogical theories, curriculum significance, and disciplinary impact of those texts

    Evaluate and make use of critical scholarship in the discipline of English Literary Studies and English Curriculum Studies

    Clearly express ideas, examples and arguments in appropriate written and oral forms

    Deploy skills of critical analysis and independent critical reasoning

    Critically and positively reflect upon own professional practice

    Evaluate established and new theories of learning and model best practice as a way to improve own performance


    Why study this course?

    Professional Reading for English Teachers reinforces teacher knowledge of literary concepts, disciplinary history and English pedagogy. The micro-credential is supported by the English Teachers Association of Western Australia and is informed by research from The Big Picture Project, a joint UWA/ETAWA project. This micro-credential is one in a series designed to support English teacher and is aligned with the AITSL standards.

    Who should study this course?

    • Secondary teachers looking to upskill their knowledge and experience of teaching English in the classroom

    Recommended prior knowledge

    • Recognised teaching degree

    What's next after this course?

      There is a suite of UWA Plus micro-credentials designed for teaching secondary English. Find all the options under 'Education' on the UWA Plus page. You may also be interested in finding out more about Humanities Postgraduate Courses or the Master of Education. If you have successfully completed UWA Plus micro-credentials to a total of 6 PD Points you may be eligible for credit when commencing one of these courses.