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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)Ms Maria Gindidis


This unit is Part A of a two-part unit and must be taken in conjunction with Part B (EDF4872).


This unit involves students in close examination of current research on first and second language theories linked to principles of optimal classroom pedagogy. Students will engage with global, national and Victorian policies and curriculum and assessment frameworks, and reflect on how these impact on local decisions related to the teaching and learning of languages. Students work collaboratively to explore intercultural contexts as they are realised through interaction with a range of spoken and written texts.


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

  1. engage with and apply current language curriculum and policy developments and their classroom pedagogical implications
  2. explore intercultural contexts through interaction with spoken and written texts
  3. build knowledge about current and theories and practices in Languages methodology
  4. articulate an emerging languages teaching philosophy
  5. review and utilise materials for the teaching and learning of languages.


Assessment Task 1: Investigation: issue related to classroom practice (1000 words, 25%)
Assessment Task 2: Annotated bibliography (1000 words, 25%)
Assessment Task 3: Micro-teaching and written assignment (2000 words, 50%)

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Average per week of 2-3 hours contact plus approximately 15 hours in self-directed study


36 credit points (with at least 12 points at each of levels two and three) study in the language, which requires successful completion of Year 12 studies in the language for entry into the program. Native speakers of the language must seek a statement of equivalence from an Australian university, to verify that their knowledge and competence in the language meets the standard of a post-year 12 study in the language (refer to student adviser for more information).


EDF4117 Second language pedagogy