edu5dll designing language learning experiences



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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Major issues in and approaches to TESOL and LOTE teaching are examined for teachers specialising in either of these areas. Topics include the role of the teacher and learner; the aims, activities, techniques and methodologies used to teach language in different classes; and the extent to which these approaches suit different contexts and purposes of language teaching. TESOL (both within and beyond Australia) and LOTE teaching to children, adolescents and adults are examined and related to each other according to the particular interests of students.

SchoolSchool of Education

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorShem Macdonald

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

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Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsDoing task-based teachingRecommendedWillis, D., & Willis, J. R. (2007).Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Develop an advanced and integrated understanding of key components of task-based approaches to the teaching of additional languages and how these approaches relate to views of language, the context of teaching and the needs of diverse learners

Students will examine relevant theories and frameworks relating to task-based learning approaches and will discuss these in light of their own views and experiences of language and learning teaching and learning and their teaching and learning contexts

02. Research and apply established and emerging theories and methodological options for the integration of form and function in language learning

Students will explore ideas and ways to create language learning activities that integrate both form and function. They will plan innovative language learning activities that take account of their current and future teaching contexts and include the potential for engagement with the digital world.

03. Develop a critical understanding of a teacher#s role(s) in the meaning-oriented language classroom

Students will critically reflect on their role(s) as teacher of a task-based, meaning-oriented language lesson that they have designed and presented

04. Develop and apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, expert judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a language teacher practitioner.

Students will reflect on and evaluate their own ideas, decision making processes, and performance in relation to design and presentation of language learning experiences.

05. Work in teams to develop knowledge

The phases of task-based teaching; Session 8 Teaching Practice

06. Develop approaches and plan activities requiring the synthesis of multiple perspectives and the integration of theoretical perspectives and practical issues

Session 2: Understanding purposeful uses of language; Session 5: Engaging with the digital world; Session 6 Building relationships between tasks and tracking learner progress

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