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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

The focus in this subject is on the relationships between the forms and functions of language in the classroom and forms and functions of language in other contexts. Exploring these relationships is the basis for students to reflect on what they as teachers need to know about the language they are teaching and how the features of that language need to be presented to people learning that language.

SchoolSchool of Education

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorShem Macdonald

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsWhat English Language Teachers Need to Know: Designing CurriculumPrescribedChristison, M.A. & D.E. Murray, 2014Routledge

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Develop an advanced and integrated understanding of how theory and practice are inter-related.

Students will examine a chosen grammar topic. They will investigate it linguistically and then re-examine it from various teaching perspectives

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 reflect on what they as teachers need to know about the language they are teaching.

03. Develop a critical understanding of how language can be presented in different ways in learning contexts

Students will critically reflect on the features of language that need to be presented to learners as well as on how these features might best be presented to them.

04. Develop and apply knowledge and skills that demonstrate understanding of the importance of context and sequencing of grammar activities.

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

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Week 37-43, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorHoward Nicholas

Class requirements

Lecture/SeminarWeek: 37 - 42
Five 5.0 hours lecture/seminar per study period on weekdays during the day from week 37 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
Assignment (2500-words equivalent)5002, 03
Group work project (1000-words equivalent)2001, 02, 03, 04
Individual reflection (1,500 words equivalent)3001, 02, 03, 04