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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
OfferedClayton First semester 2011 (Evening)
Coordinator(s)Dr Dat Bao


The unit examines recent trends in language teaching curriculum design and program evaluation in second and foreign language education. Students explore in detail a range of syllabus types. Procedures for analysing the needs of learners of foreign and second languages in the students' context are discussed, and relevant curriculum documents Australian and international contexts are viewed critically.


The learning objectives of this unit are to:

  • enable participants to revise the implications of first and second language acquisition research for language teaching and learning and their impact on curriculum in their school/teaching institution;
  • familiarize themselves with current language policy and curriculum developments at state, national and international levels; familiarize themselves with models and processes involved in designing a curriculum document;
  • experience a reflective model of teaching and learning by reflecting alone, or in discussion with others, on the theories and issues related to curriculum issues.


Two assessment tasks: Critical review (4000 words): 50%; and Extended essay (4000 words): 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Dat Bao

Contact hours

3 hours per week