EDF5134 - English as an additional language (EAL) education in the secondary years B - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Chief examiner(s)

Anna Filipi


Anna Filipi

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)




Enrolment in D3001 BEd(Hons), D3002 to D3009 BEd(Hons)(Secondary doubles), D6001 MTeach




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 developed in EDF5133 (English as an additional language (EAL) education in the secondary years A). Working collaboratively and independently, students link theory and practice in order to deepen their capacity 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). The unit links in with knowledge and skills gained during professional experience units in the course. One aspect of this linking involves examination of a variety of EAL practices and frameworks in secondary settings, including the Australian and Victorian curriculum. Students learn how to assess EAL learner needs, how to devise appropriate strategies and materials, including 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 strategies and resources 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 needs
  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 and 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.


Annotated bibliography of curriculum materials (1600 words, 40%)

Development of a unit of work (2400 words, 60%)

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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