About this course
- Entry and participation requirements
- Attributes, outcomes and skills
- Course structure
- Further study
Professor Lesley Stirling
Dr Jean Mulder
Currently enrolled students:
- Further information: http://arts.unimelb.edu.au/graduate-studies/programs
- Contact: 'make an enquiry' on http://graduate.arts.unimelb.edu.au/degrees/21-graduate-certificate-in-arts
|Award title||Professional Certificate in English Language|
|Year & campus||2021 — Parkville|
|Fees information||Subject EFTSL, level, discipline and census date|
|Study level & type||Graduate Coursework|
|Credit points||25 credit points|
|Duration||12 months part-time|
Please note: this course is not available in 2020.
The Professional Certificate in English Language is designed for primary and secondary school teachers of English who wish to develop their pedagogical content knowledge and/or take a leading role in English Language teaching in their school. The Certificate has two streams, one designed for F-10 English teachers based on the National and Victorian Curriculum, and one specifically tailored to teachers of VCE English Language in the Victorian education system. The course will focus on the pedagogical content knowledge from the disciplines of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics required to teach English Language within these curricula. The Certificate comprises two subjects: The Grammar of English, and English in Social Interaction, offered one each semester during the year. Course delivery is via a ‘blended learning’ approach with a mixture of online and intensive on-campus teaching modes, and includes extensive resources such as highlight video interviews with prominent experts in the field speaking about particular topics. Online communities will support collaboration between participants throughout the course, and the face-to-face intensives will be taught by staff in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics together with practicing English teachers. Links will be made between the requirements of the F-10 and VCE English Language curricula, classroom practice and teaching resources, and current Linguistic and Applied Linguistic research and scholarship on the grammar, discourse properties, and sociolinguistics of the English Language.
1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed:
- an undergraduate degree and have completed or be enrolled in a graduate teaching qualification, or equivalent, or
- a four-year teaching degree, or equivalent.
Meeting this requirement does not guarantee selection.
2. In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:
- prior academic performance, and
- relevant professional experience
3. The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Academic Board rules on the use of selection instruments.
4. Applications are required to satisfy the university’s English language requirements for graduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 6.5 is required.
Inherent requirements (core participation requirements)
Students will be required to complete two compulsory 12.5 credit point subjects, which involve participation in face-to-face intensives and online learning.
The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005) and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF127). For the purposes of considering requests for reasonable adjustments, academic requirements for this course are articulated in the overview, attributes, outcomes and skills of this entry. Further details about how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home
Intended learning outcomes
Students who complete the Professional Certificate in English Language should have:
- developed an advanced understanding of the content knowledge from Linguistics and Applied Linguistics required to teach the English Language components of the F-10 or VCE English Language curricula;
- acquired a comprehensive understanding of and ability to use the metalanguage and terminology needed to effectively teach the F-10 or VCE English Language curricula;
- built on their existing knowledge to gain additional expertise in the analysis of texts and identification of specific types of grammatical and discourse phenomena;
- be able to critically evaluate English Language teaching resources in the light of evidence from research and scholarship; and
- develop their skills in construction and preparation of classroom materials for the teaching of English Language.
Graduates who successfully complete the Professional Certificate should have developed :
- the ability to direct their own learning and continue to develop their professional practice;
- an understanding of the significance of developing their practice on the basis of evidence from research and scholarship;
- the ability to critically evaluate oral and written material relevant to their teaching practice;
- enhanced analytic and problem-solving abilities;
- the ability to demonstrate themselves as skilled communicators who can effectively articulate and justify their practices as knowledgeable agents of change; and
- the ability to work in teams with skills in cooperation, communication and negotiation.
The Professional Certificate will enable graduates to further their development of the following University of Melbourne Graduate Attributes:
Graduates will develop their knowledge of English Language grammar and sociolinguistics based on recent research and scholarship and their understanding of the ways in which this underpins the teaching and learning of relevant content within the school curriculum. They will demonstrate a high level of achievement in problem-solving, analytical reasoning and communication. Graduates will be critical and creative thinkers, with an aptitude for continued self-directed learning, and will be adept at learning in a range of ways, including through information and communication technologies.
Knowledge across disciplines
Graduates will examine critically, synthesise and evaluate knowledge across discipline and sub-discipline areas relevant to the teaching and learning of English Language within a school setting. They will expand their analytical and cognitive skills through learning experiences and have the capacity to participate fully in collaborative learning and to confront unfamiliar problems. As a result of completing the Professional Certificate, they will have acquired a set of flexible and transferrable skills that will allow creative approaches to student learning and engagement to be implemented.
Leaders in communities
Graduates of the Professional Certificate will be able to initiate and implement constructive change in their school communities with an awareness of community needs. This may include, but will not be limited to, engaging in meaningful public discourse and mentoring more junior colleagues in education.
Attuned to cultural and linguistic diversity
Graduates will be working within organisations characterised by cultural and other forms of diversity. Graduates will value different cultures and social groups and the differing communicative practices of these groups (including Indigenous Australians), and will be well-informed citizens able to contribute to their communities wherever they choose to live and work.
Active global citizens
The course will assist graduates in the development of a broad global understanding of how education in general, and knowledge of language and communication in particular, can contribute to the further improvement of human rights, social inclusion, and ethics.
Duration: 12 months part-time
Program Requirements -
- Two compulsory subjects (25 points)
Total 25 points
|Code||Name||Study period||Credit Points|
|LING90035||The Grammar of English||Not available in 2021||12.5|
|LING90036||English in Social Interaction||Not available in 2021||12.5|
Students who successfully complete the Professional Certificate in English Language may be eligible to undertake further study in the Master of Applied Linguistics, and are eligible for credit for two subjects (25 credit points) within the Master of Applied Linguistics.
Last updated: 7 September 2021