edu4ilt intro to language teaching




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Students are introduced to the principles that inform the teaching of English to speakers of other languages in primary, post-primary and adult teaching contexts. They examine the principles and resources used in second, foreign and minority language teaching, and develop skills in planning, implementing and evaluating lessons. They also explore issues related to program design, including needs analysis, frameworks for the development of curriculum, assessment frameworks and procedures, and approaches to syllabus design. The teaching contexts of both local and overseas students, including teaching English as a second and as a foreign language are addressed.

SchoolSchool of Education

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorShem Macdonald

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

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Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsTeaching and learning languages: a guide.PrescribedScarino, A. & Liddicoat, A. (2009)Wiley-Blackwell
ReadingsScaffolding language, Scaffolding learning: teaching second language learners in the mainstream classroom, 2nd Ed.RecommendedGibbons, P. (2015)Heineman

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Engage in critical and reflexive thinking as professionals and community members

Analysing and sharing your own experiences and beliefs in relation to language learning and teaching.

02. Engage with current issues in the social, political and economic context of language learning, especially as they pertain to student's professional lives

Analysing the context of your teaching: knowing yourself and your learners' needs

03. Demonstrate an awareness of the world and the interdependence of local and global contexts and the environments in which we live and work

Analysing the context of your teaching: knowing yourself and your learners' needs Communicating own beliefs and purposes in relation to additional language learners and learning

04. Underpin practical skills with relevant theoretical concepts

Exploring and applying teaching methodologies: linking theory to practice Planning and demonstrating purposeful language teaching.

05. Work effectively and respectfully with others to negotiate understanding of complex professional tasks and appropriate practical actions

Communicating beliefs and purposes Planning and demonstrating purposeful language teaching.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Week 10-14, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorShem Macdonald

Class requirements

Lecture/SeminarWeek: 11 - 13
Five 5.0 hours lecture/seminar per study period on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 13 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
Planning and teaching a language lesson (3000-words equivalent)6001, 02, 03, 04, 05
Written reflection on language learning and teaching (2000-words equivalent)4001, 02, 03, 04, 05