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This subject is a theoretical and practical exploration of the process of curriculum design across languages and across sectors (primary and secondary schools and adult contexts including tertiary and vocational education providers). Addressing the needs of multilingual and multicultural contexts of education, the subject uses socio-cultural and critical approaches to bring awareness to how language curriculum is constructed, developed, implemented and evaluated locally and globally (Australian/Victorian curriculum and internationally).
Reflecting these frameworks, weekly topics depict beyond ‘what’ of curriculum to consider ‘why’ and ‘how’, namely: socio-cultural perspectives to language curriculum, multi-literacies and multi-modality, needs analysis and situation analysis, dialogic approach in syllabus design and language curriculum in multilingual contexts, materials development and text selection, and assessment in/for/of curriculum.
This subject has a TESOL or Modern Languages/LOTE focus, according to the course within which the student is enrolled.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Define underlying theories and approaches to language curriculum design and translate this awareness to particular contexts of teaching and learning
- Explain the complexity of language curriculum design in a plurilingual and multicultural context of education, across different languages, audiences, times and spaces
- Demonstrate a sound understanding of the language curriculum design at the pragmatic level of principles, process and procedures, depending on the context and audience
- Identify and present the gap in theory or practice, within the curriculum of a context/sector and offer alternative practices/approaches to address the gap for that specific sector or context
- Design a curriculum for a particular context which reflects both an awareness of theories and principles as well as ability to apply it into an authentic and agentive design
On completion of this subject, students will have:
- A respect for intellectual integrity and the ethics of scholarship
- Advanced skills and techniques applicable to the discipline
- A capacity to articulate knowledge and understanding in oral and written presentations
- An advanced understanding of the international context and sensitivities of the specialist area.
Last updated: 24 August 2023