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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 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.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.




Dr Maria Gindidis



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


This unit is part A of a two-part unit and must be taken in conjunction with part B (EDF5156).


This unit involves pre-service students in close examination of current research on first and second language theories linked to principles of optimal classroom pedagogy. Through an examination of global, national and Victorian policies, curriculum, assessment frameworks and relevant research literature, students critically reflect on how these impact on decisions at the school and classroom levels related to the teaching and learning of languages. Students work collaboratively and independently to also explore intercultural contexts as they are realised through interaction with a range of spoken and written texts. Drawing on literature and research studies students review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise their knowledge and skills as they work towards advancing their capacities in this field.


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

  1. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the historical, philosophical, curriculum and pedagogical foundations of languages education
  2. analyse relevant research and competing policy discourses associated with different applied linguistics perspectives on languages education
  3. demonstrate and apply knowledge and understanding to curriculum and lesson planning
  4. enact and adjust as appropriate a variety of teaching strategies and practices that meet the needs of a diverse range of student learners, in a variety of settings and curriculum contexts
  5. critically evaluate different languages methodologies and programs and models
  6. engage in critical explorations and reviews of research and materials for the teaching and learning of languages.


Curriculum research case study project (2000 words, 50%)
Languages micro-teaching and reflective portfolio (2000 words, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester 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)

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


36 credit points (with at least 12 points at each of levels two and three) of study in a language, which requires as a prerequisite successful completion of Year 12 studies in the language. Native speakers of the language must seek a statement of equivalence from an Australian university to verify that their knowledge and competence in the language meets the standard of a post Year 12 study in the language (refer to course adviser for more information).