Faculty of Education

Postgraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton First semester 2012 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Ms Maria Gindidis (On & Off-campus, Clayton)


Theories and principles of bilingual/immersion education. Linguistic, psycho-linguistic, sociolinguistic, political and educational contexts of bilingual/immersion education programs in Australia and overseas.


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

  • identify sound principles for the introduction of bilingual/immersion programs in a range of educational settings;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the influence of bilingual/immersion education on language acquisition; and
  • analyse critically the political and educational contexts in Australia or their country which support and/or deter the introduction of a bilingual program in their educational setting.


Essay (4000 words): 50%
Exam (2000 words):20%
Annotated bibliography (2500 words): 30%

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Maria Gindidis

Contact hours

3 hours per week