Faculty of Education

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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 Education
OfferedClayton Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Marianne Turner


This unit is part B of a two-part unit and must be taken in conjunction with part A (EDF5133).


This unit builds on the contextual and pedagogical knowledge about EAL teaching from EDF5133 English as an additional language (EAL) education in the secondary years A. Working collaboratively and independently, students link theory and practice with a view to deepening their competence to teach EAL in a range of settings, including intensive new arrival programs, EAL support programs in the mainstream, EAL programs targeting international students and team-teaching (where ESL teaching is taught in cooperation with a mainstream subject teacher). Students draw on their experiences and understandings of EAL research developed in EDF5133 to design and enact a small action research project. The unit makes powerful links with the professional experience units in the course. One aspect of this linking involves examination of a wide variety of ESL and EAL practices and curricula in secondary settings, including the AusVELS curriculum. Students learn how to assess EAL learner needs, how to devise appropriate materials and units of work to meet those needs, and how to work effectively as part of a whole school program to maximise the educational opportunities of all EAL learners.


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

  1. draw on appropriate research methodology to plan, implement and evaluate a sequence of lessons that are responsive to diverse student needs
  2. critically evaluate, select, adapt and generate materials and activities relevant to student need
  3. plan engaging units of work linked to curriculum and best practice
  4. assess the language needs and work of EAL learners informally and formally
  5. critically evaluate EAL resources for classroom use
  6. appreciate the diversity of EAL learners as a resource to plan for multilevel classes
  7. demonstrate an awareness of the need to collaborate with colleagues and the community to promote a whole-school approach to the language needs of EAL learners
  8. design and enact a small action research project related to the development of a unit of work


Annotated bibliography of curriculum materials (1600 words, 40%)
Action research project incorporating the development of a unit of work (2400 words, 60%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 2-3 contact hours per week

(b.) Additional requirements:

  • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

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