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Languages for Young Learners (EDUC90543)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeEDUC90543
Availability(Quotas apply)
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject will build on students’ knowledge of second language teaching and learning for young learners.

Emphasis will be on principles and practices that support the development of languages other than English from an intercultural perspective as well as tasks and process that will allow work in languages to be linked across the curriculum in interdisciplinary activities.

Students will be introduced to curriculum design commonly used in Language programs for young learners and will be asked to consider the practical implications for planning teaching/learning strategies, identifying print and ICT resources as well as devising assessment and evaluation schemes.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Gain sound theoretical knowledge of second language teaching, learning, and assessment
  • Create an environment, which will develop in primary school learners an understanding of the nature of language and its fundamental role in human learning, expression and interaction.
  • Expand the repertoire of practical techniques for teaching their language and related social information.
  • Design, implement and evaluate Languages curriculum, appropriate to different groups of learners, incorporating suitable content, classroom organisation, methodology, resources and assessment strategies.
  • Enhance the skills to work in a collaborative environment where reflection on the group's activities, processes and goals forms an integral part of the learning.

Generic skills

This subject will develop the following set of key transferable skills:

  • Clinical reasoning and thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Evidence based decision making
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Teamwork and professional collaboration
  • Learning to learn and metacognition
  • Responsiveness to a changing knowledge base
  • Reflection for continuous improvement
  • Linking theory and practice
  • Inquiry and research
  • Active and participatory citizenship.

Last updated: 15 August 2019