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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate, Postgraduate - 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.

LevelUndergraduate, Postgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton First semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Jenny Miller


This unit introduces students to the theoretical bases and principles of second language teaching and learning and the development of bilingualism in current multicultural and multilingual contexts, while also addressing remaining monolingual ones such as those in rural areas. It encourages students to reflect on their own second language learning and to use this to analyse and report on current second language programmes in contexts in which they may teach.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. develop their understanding of principles of second language acquisition and apply these to planning for teaching and learning in multilingual and multicultural contexts;
  2. reflect on the ways in which second language and literacy teaching and learning in schools can develop additive bilingualism;
  3. apply communicative language teaching approaches in diverse classroom contexts;
  4. develop sociocultural awareness of and sensitivity to classroom contexts;
  5. develop an understanding of intercultural competence and its importance in a global world;
  6. undertake planning for second language learning;
  7. acquire a metalanguage for talking about second language pedagogy; and
  8. develop and apply their knowledge and skills for using ICT in second language programs.


This unit is graded Pass Grade Only (PGO); Assessment task 1: Written evaluation of second language program (2,000 words, 50%); Assessment task 2: Case study of learner, or, an inquiry into primary language learning activities and outcomes. (2,000 words, 50%)

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Jenny Miller

Contact hours

3 hours per week


Level 3, undergraduate degree. (Note: Students undertaking this unit as a middle school option through the Bachelor of Education (Primary) will meet different requirements. Specific advice should be sought.)


Students must be enrolled simultaneously in a professional experience unit(s).