Faculty of Education

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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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 Second semester 2012 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2012 (Evening)
Coordinator(s)Dr Dat Boa (On-campus Clayton, Semesters 1 & 2); Dr Anna Filipi (on-campus Clayton, Semester 2)


The unit uses applied principles of second language acquisition (SLA), with specific reference to practical classroom strategies in the learning and teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL). It provides a metalanguage for discussing SLA, and focuses on pedagogical strategies which EFL teachers can use in a range of educational settings. The pedagogy of language teaching is approached via a socio-cultural perspective on the development of communicative competence. Throughout this unit, the emphasis is on hands-on activities, microteaching and discussion about the strategies involved. Students should take away from this course ideas that work in EFL classrooms.


The learning objectives of this unit are:

  • to develop language awareness in general and an awareness of the role of English as an international language in particular;
  • to develop awareness of students' role in the teaching of English as an international language;
  • to become familiar with major developments in the theory and practice of teaching EFL; and
  • to develop a range of teaching strategies based on the sound understanding of how students learn languages.


Reflective journal (3000 words): 20 %
Mini-lesson (2000-3000 words): 20%
Unit of work (3000-5000): 60%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Dat Boa

Contact hours

3 hours per week