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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate, Postgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Jenny Miller


This unit is Part A of a two-part unit and must be taken in conjunction with Part B (EDF4856).


This unit prepares student teachers for the teaching of English as an additional language (EAL) to the full range of non-English speaking background students, including recently arrived students with limited English language skills, international students and others in a range of EAL contexts. It looks at the nature of English and the theory and principles of second language pedagogy, along with factors having an impact on teaching and learning. Attention is paid to the sociocultural contexts of learning and the need for sensitivity to linguistic and cultural diversity in schools. With reference to current curriculum documents, policy and assessment protocols, pre-service teachers will learn to assess EAL learner needs, devise appropriate lessons to meet those needs, and to select and adapt materials to work effectively to maximise the educational opportunities of all EAL learners. The teaching practice component of the course is a crucial part of developing such knowledge and skills and students will complete weekly activities to prepare for the placement, including the use of technology.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. access, adapt and develop materials and teaching activities and critically evaluate resources which meet the diverse needs and identities of EAL learners
  2. plan engaging lessons using communicative objectives and activities
  3. assess the language needs and work of EAL learners
  4. generate optimal conditions for language learning
  5. appreciate the diverse cultural and language backgrounds of EAL learners and demonstrate sensitivity to differences between learners' cultures and that of the wider Australian community.


Assessment Task 1: Case study of an EAL learner (2000 words, 50%)
Assessment Task 2: Annotated lesson plan (2000 words, 50%)

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Average per week of 3 hours contact plus approximately 15 hours in self-directed study


A minor sequence in linguistics or a second language (i.e. not the teacher's first language)


EDF4117 Second language pedagogy