EDF5156 - Languages education in the secondary years B - 2017

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 Anna Filipi

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


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 144 hours per semester comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • 2-3 contact hours per week
  2. Additional requirements
    • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week

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