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EDF5448 - English as a second language (ESL) education A

6 points, SCA Band 0, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate, Postgraduate Faculty of Education

Leader: Dr J Miller


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)


This unit is an introduction to the practical application of current theories of language acquisition to the teaching of English as a second language in Years 7 to 12 in a variety of different contexts, ranging from intensive on-arrival language centres to similar needs mainstream classes. Students learn to assess the language needs of English as a second language (ESL) learners and use a variety of different approaches to develop their own materials and teaching activities to meet the diverse language, cultural and educational needs of ESL learners.


The learning objectives of this unit are to understand the process of language learning; to appreciate the range and diversity of ESL learners; to become familiar with the major curriculum documents in the area; to gain an overview of ESL methodology. As a result of studying this unit students are expected to plan appropriately to meet the needs of ESL learners; base their teaching on an understanding of TESL theory.


Annotated bibliography (2000 words) : 40%;
Case Study (2000 words) 40%;
Class Participation: 20%
An 80% attendance rate is required in order for students to participate fully in workshop activities.

Contact hours

3 hours per week


1) A sub-major in either a foreign language or in linguistics. Without this, students are required to audit either EDF4011 or EDF6233.