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 Anna Filipi


This unit is part B of a two-part unit and must be taken in conjunction with part A (EDF5155).


This unit builds on EDF5155 Languages education in the secondary years A. It extends students' knowledge, understandings and skills in languages education. Students draw on research literature to develop an understanding of learning strategies in order to build effective practices to inform their teaching in second language competencies. This unit critically examines a range of contemporary curriculum and pedagogical innovations in languages education, including the use of information and communication technology (ICT), second language literacies, critical inquiry and action research projects. Through further examination of a range of national and international languages and education policies, students investigate and evaluate theoretical and practical links between disciplines, domains and literacies in order to better appreciate the importance of communication and how languages contribute to this educative process. Working collaboratively and independently, students consolidate their content knowledge, develop pedagogical knowledge and skills enabling them to provide solutions to complex educational challenges in secondary schools.


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

  1. develop, design, plan and research lessons, units of work and curriculum appropriate for senior languages education programs
  2. consolidate their understanding of professional knowledge and professional practice in second languages education
  3. critically analyse the the impact of contemporary second language teaching and learning issues on policy, assessment practices, curriculum and pedagogy to reflect on practice
  4. appreciate the importance of professional learning and engagement in a changing society and education context
  5. reflect on and evaluate their teaching experiences in languages education
  6. critically evaluate the impact of recent curriculum and pedagogical innovations in languages education.
  7. research critically and creatively a variety of language and intercultural context strategies appropriate to real-world and classroom second language teaching and learning.


Classroom practice research project (2000 words, 50%)
Languages education curriculum development of a unit of work (2000 words, 50%)

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

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Chief examiner(s)

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