Faculty of Education

Undergraduate, Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate, Postgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ms Margaret Fuary


This unit is part A of a two-part unit and must be taken in conjunction with part B (EDF4874).


This unit explores current, local and international research on first and second language theories linked to P-12 principles of classroom pedagogy. Students are provided with foundations for effective teaching of languages within the perspective of the P-12 continuum. Students will develop a flexible and informed approach, selecting appropriate strategies for learner's linguistic and communicative needs. While the focus is mostly practical, emphasising the importance of planning and sequencing lessons, this unit links closely with research, and builds skills in the development of integrated units of work emphasising the importance of cross-curricular planning involving classroom teachers and communities of professional practice.


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

  1. engage with current and international languages and bilingual education curriculum and policy developments and their P-12 classroom pedagogical implications
  2. explore different approaches to languages teaching across P-12 classrooms
  3. translate theories of language learning into classroom learning activities for students
  4. develop a range of assessment techniques to meet the diverse needs of P-12 language learners
  5. use their understandings of language pedagogy to reflect critically on practice
  6. use, critically and creatively, a variety of language strategies that are appropriate to real-world and classroom second language use in P-12 classrooms.


This unit is graded pass grade only (PGO)

Investigation: issue related to classroom practice (1000 words, 25%)
Annotated bibliography of multimedia languages materials (2000 words, 50%)
Micro-teaching and written assignment (1000 words, 25%)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 2-3 contact hours per week

(b.) Additional requirements

  • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week


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 course adviser for more information).