EDF5158 - Languages education 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 Maria Gindidis

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 (EDF5157).


This unit builds on EDF5157 (Languages education A). It extends students' knowledge, understandings and skills in Foundation to Year 12 (F-12) languages education. Students draw on research literature across primary and secondary school contexts to develop an understanding of learning strategies in order to build effective practices to inform their teaching in second language learning. The unit critically examines a range of contemporary curriculum and pedagogical innovations in languages education, including the use of information and communication technology (ICT), multiliteracies, critical inquiry and action research projects. Through further examination of a range of national and international languages policies students investigate and evaluate theoretical and practical links of second language literacies and school contexts in order to better appreciate the importance of 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 F-12 classrooms.


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 primary and secondary languages education programs
  2. consolidate their understanding of professional knowledge and professional practice in second languages education
  3. critically analyse the impact of contemporary second language teaching and learning issues on policy, curriculum, assessment practices and pedagogy to reflect on practice
  4. appreciate the importance of professional learning and engagement in a changing social and pedagogical context
  5. reflect on and evaluate their teaching experiences in languages education
  6. critically evaluate the impact of recent curriculum and pedagogical F-12 innovations in languages education
  7. research critically and creatively a variety of language and intercultural strategies appropriate to real-world and classroom second language teaching and learning.


Curriculum development 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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