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Teaching Second/Foreign Languages (EDN556)

School School of Education
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1E-internal, S1E-external
DUBAI-ISC: TSD-internal
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) in educational institutions at all levels
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 relevant 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 Lectures/seminars: 2 x 2 hours per week.
All offerings of this unit include the equivalent of 30 hours of structured learning.
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 languages teaching and learning. As such, learning experiences promote 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 this unit.
Prerequisites Enrolment in the Master of Education OR Master of Asian Studies OR Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) OR Master of Teaching (Primary) OR Graduate Diploma in Education (Tertiary and Workplace). For students in the Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) successful completion of, or enrolment in EDN550 AND a high level of proficiency in a second or foreign language. Proficiency may need to be confirmed by the unit coordinator.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed EDN516 Second / Foreign Languages and the Curriculum may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Previously 2015: 'Teaching Second/Foreign Languages in Secondary Schools'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Graduate Diploma in Education (Tertiary and Workplace) (GradDipEd)
Master of Education (Coursework) (MEd)
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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Unit Coordinator
EDN556
Ms Penelope Coutas
P/T Teaching Casual

e: p.coutas@murdoch.edu.au
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EDN556

DUBAI-ISC: TSD-Internal
MURDOCH: S1E-External
MURDOCH: S1E-Internal
Ms Penelope Coutas
P/T Teaching Casual

e: p.coutas@murdoch.edu.au
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