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Teaching Second/Foreign Languages (EDN375)

Organisational Unit Education
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1E-internal, S1E-external
Description The aim of this unit is to provide intending teachers of a second or foreign language with necessary skills in the areas of curriculum design and implementation. The unit comprises the general study of language and the curriculum, together with providing some opportunity for working with specific language curricula. It examines language teaching practice, and gives students the opportunity to explore a variety of classroom techniques and approaches.
Unit Learning Outcomes By the end of this unit it is expected that each student will have:
1. A commitment to critical reflective practice as the essence of effective teaching
2. The required knowledge to assist them to conceive and reconceive what they do in the classroom
3. An awareness of the place of L2 (both in theory and practice) at national and state level in primary and secondary systems
4. Knowledge of the history of the teaching of second/foreign languages and of the different methodologies and approaches used
5. Some understanding of basic linguistic theory, particularly with regard to the processes of SLA and SLT
6. A familiarity with national and state policy documentation associated with the learning and teaching of Languages
7. A familiarity with the Western Australian School Curriculum and Standards Authority Curriculum and Assessment Requirements
8. A familiarity with the content and structure of the Australian Curriculum: Languages, and for students intending to teach English as an additional language or dialect, familiarity with the acara EAL/D Learning Progression
9. Proficiency in dealing with all areas of the 'curriculum jigsaw'
10. An appreciation of the problems and difficulties associated with L2 study at different levels of the education system
11. Developed a professional concern for, and interest in the issues associated with the teaching and learning of second/foreign languages, and have a personal commitment towards achieving the standards of an accomplished languages and cultures teacher
Timetabled Learning Activities 2 x 2 hour lecture/workshops per week (over 10 weeks)
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is one that integrates active workshop or online participation together with engagement with the theoretical perspectives that underpin and inform language learning and teaching. As such, learning experiences provide a theory/practice blend.
Assessment Students will be required to design learning tasks, to plan learning sequences and programs and to provide reflective commentary on their learning experiences. Students will also sit an examination to test essential understandings of the unit.
Prerequisites Successful completion of EDN2101 Professional Experience: BEd Secondary Teaching , or enrolment in B1319 Bachelor of Education Primary and successful completion of BED150 Understanding Teachers' Work.
Exclusions Prior completion of EDN416 Second/Foreign Languages and the Curriculum (Major), EDN316 Second/Foreign Languages and the Curriculum (Minor), EDN3162 Second/Foreign Languages and the Curriculum, or EDN516 Teaching Second/Foreign Languages
Previously 2015: 'Second/Foreign Languages and the Curriculum A (Secondary 7 - 10)'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Bachelor of Education (Primary Teaching) (BEd(PrimTeach))
Appears in these Minors Teaching Indonesian in Primary Schools
Teaching Japanese in Primary Schools
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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Ms Penelope Coutas
Language Education Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 1370
e: p.coutas@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.021A - Building 450, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: S1E-External
MURDOCH: S1E-Internal
Ms Penelope Coutas
Language Education Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 1370
e: p.coutas@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.021A - Building 450, Murdoch Campus
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