Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Teaching Critical Reading for University

About this Illustration of Practice

A teacher trials a lesson before a group of fellow teachers. The lesson focuses on literacy strategies that can be used with prospective university students who may need assistance in deconstructing complex and unfamiliar texts. The strategy used is a 'SQ3R' method – Survey, Question, Read, Recite, Review – which is designed to assist analysis and comprehension of texts. Following the trial lesson, the teacher analyses the teaching methodology he has used and identifies areas that he believes would have improved the learning outcomes.

Standard 2
Know the content and how to teach it
Focus area 2.5
Literacy and numeracy strategies
Career stage
Know and understand literacy and numeracy teaching strategies and their application in teaching areas.
  1. What strategies would you teach to analyse and interpret unfamiliar texts?
  2. How would you engage students in a discussion on critical reading?
  3. What methods do you use to encourage students to interact with each other in the classroom?
The University of Adelaide
South Australia
Stage of schooling
School type
School location
View full map

Simulations can allow teachers to trial curriculum content and teaching strategies in non-threatening scenarios. In this instance, the teacher has knowledge of the curriculum content: a literacy strategy that assists students to decode and deconstruct complex and unfamiliar texts. Knowledge of content is only the first step, as it also needs to be supported by effective teaching and learning. Following the simulated lesson, he acknowledges that he needs to more actively control the learning in order to make the content work through more effective teaching strategies. Introduction to University Culture is a course designed and taught by qualified teachers as part of the University Preparatory Program. It offers several topics to help students build the skills they will need for university study. 

© Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL), 2012 (except where indicated under acknowledgements). You may use, reproduce and adapt this material for educational purposes until 30 June 2019, provided you retain this notice and all acknowledgements associated with the material.