Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 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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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitLinguistics
OfferedClayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Louisa Willoughby


Previously coded LLC3010


In this innovative unit students explore issues in the teaching and learning of languages, and reflect on their own language learning experience. Students design and carry out a research project in an area of language learning of interest to them, and engage in detailed discussion in weekly seminars. The unit brings together students from a range of language backgrounds and explores the motivations people bring to second language learning and the effect of different learning environments. A key focus is developing students' awareness of career options using languages and developing skills of interest to employers, such as project design and management, data analysis and report writing.


Upon successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Describe different approaches to formal and informal language learning and the merits and pitfalls of each approach
  2. Understand the effect social factors, such as gender, friendship groups and societal attitudes can have on language learning
  3. Reflect on their own language learning motivation, style and achievements
  4. Explore how institutions such as schools and universities make decisions about how to structure their language programs
  5. Understand key language issues facing multilingual/ multicultural societies
  6. Be familiar with a range of theoretical and methodological approaches to studying language learning
  7. Conduct a small independent research project in an area of their own choosing


Class participation: 15%
Group presentation: 15%
Research project (assessed in stages): 70%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


Enrolment in BA (Languages) or current enrolment in 3rd year level LOTE study AND an additional 12 points in linguistics, English as an international language or a second LOTE OR by permission.