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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton Second semester 2011 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2011 (Day)
Peninsula Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Graham Parr (Clayton), Dr Nicola Johnson (Gippsland), Ms Linda Henderson (Peninsula)


This unit focuses on the centrality of language and communication to all teaching and learning. It involves a critical examination of relationships and modes of communication within classrooms and other learning environments. Unit learning and assessment tasks will require students to reflect on and analyse their broader beliefs about teaching and learning, and the role of language and communication, and to extend their thinking about these aspects beyond school settings to learning within the community. This unit will incorporate a 5 day professional placement in a non-school, community setting.


In the process of studying this unit students are expected to:

  1. understand the role of language and communication in teaching and in formal and informal learning environments
  2. develop an awareness of teaching and learning as complex dialogic, communicative fields
  3. understand the role of language and communication in generating thought and new ideas and knowledge through questioning and dialogue
  4. learn how to build positive learning environments and relationships through effective communication and dialogue
  5. understand the implications for learners, teachers, schools and the broader community, of changing communication practices in schools and in the community
  6. learn about new communication technologies and their impact on social and cultural interactions
  7. develop a range of effective communication skills and practices.


Two written assignments of 2,000 words (total 4,000 words), each worth 50%.

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Graham Parr (Clayton)

Contact hours

2 hours per week


Usually EDF1303