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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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

FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedNot offered in 2011


A thorough grounding in principles of second language acquisition (SLA) and their relationship to foreign/second language teaching methodology impacting directly on classroom practice. Communicative/interactive approaches and their application to a range of educational settings with a variety of learner backgrounds. Assessment practices and curriculum design relevant to the teaching and learning of languages.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will have;

  1. developed knowledge and understanding of the second language acquisition principles which inform current classroom teaching approaches in languages;
  2. been exposed to a range of communicative/interactive models of L2 learning and teaching;
  3. have acquired knowledge and understanding of a variety of assessment practices relevant to languages;
  4. have acquired knowledge and understanding of the theoretical principles underpinning the development of the four macro-skills in their language;
  5. developed a reflective approach to the teaching and learning of languages in Victorian primary and secondary schools;
  6. been exposed to ways of teaching and learning for mother tongue maintenance, partial immersion, content-based and language arts programmes;
  7. developed and evaluated a sequence of lesson plans for a range of learners and learning skills in a specific educational setting.


Responses to set tasks (4000 words):50%; Development of a unit for work (2500 words): 35%; and A description of a syllabus outline or series of topics for one year level (1500 words): 15%

Chief examiner(s)



A major, post-Year 12 or its recognised equivalent, in a language other than English and a recognised initial teaching qualification