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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton Second semester 2010 (Evening)
Singapore Term 4 2010 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr M M Gearon


This unit focuses on how content can be taught through a foreign or second language. It is informed by both traditional approaches to content-based teaching in second languages and by the content and language integrated learning movement which has been developed across Europe for the teaching of foreign languages in primary, secondary and vocational education settings. Examples of successful models of content and language integrated teaching will be presented and analysed so that students can determine how to apply the principles to their own language teaching and learning contexts.


The learning objectives for this unit are to enable students to:

  • understand the process of language acquisition through content-based teaching;
  • examine and reflect upon the implementation of a content and language integrated learning approach in their particular education setting;
  • devise language strategies (verbal and non-verbal) for teaching subject matter content in their particular language; and
  • enable students design at least one content and language integrated series of lessons.


Report or critical review or annotated bibliography 50%
Materials Design 50%.

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Margaret Gearon

Contact hours

3-hour seminar and 12 hours individual study and library time per week