To be read in conjunction with the program of study requirements for the degree in which you are enrolled.
The minor in Languages Education encapsulates a critical and contemporary understanding of languages education and is designed for any educators or other professionals who are employed or intend to work in the field of languages education (foreign, second, TESOL), and those who have an interest in further enhancing their knowledge and practice in learning and teaching languages. It provides opportunities for educators, educational leaders and other professionals for deep engagement with theories and practices of languages teaching in a range of educational contexts (including online learning). It offers application of evidence-based knowledge, skills and capacities to innovate language education practices.
This minor provides students with opportunities to
- further develop and apply in-depth knowledge of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment, policies and practices to improve language learning outcomes ((foreign language/second language/TESOL)
- engage in inquiry, debate and reflection pertaining to theoretical and practical matters in languages education in such a way as to improve professional decision making
- examine their own teaching and develop evidence-based models for practice
- critically examine affordances of new technologies in languages education and the role of e-pedagogy
- employ local and global social, cultural, political and economic perspectives and practices associated with the education of children, young people and adults in the field of languages education
- broaden their professional learning goals to incorporate methods for fostering interdisciplinary and intercultural partnerships, and working collaboratively
On completion students will be able to:
- critique recent literature and engage in reflective debate to improve learning and teaching practices in languages education (foreign language/second language/TESOL) in a range of educational contexts (including distance/online education) in early childhood, primary, secondary, and tertiary/adult languages education
- evaluate and apply high-level technical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to professional practice or scholarship in the field of languages education
- formulate an advanced understanding of educational theories, research, policies and practices in the field of languages education from knowledge gained through readings, discussion and writing
- justify contemporary evidence-based knowledge when operating and leading in educational contexts in the field of foreign language/second language/TESOL education
Program of study
To qualify for the minor in Languages Education, a student must complete 18 units with a grade of P or NGP, or better, in each topic according to the program of study below.
Not all topics are necessarily available in a given year.
18 units of option topics selected from the following list:
EDUC8731 Motivation, Cognition and Metacognition in Learning (4.5 units)
EDUC9704 Exploring Languages Pedagogy - Theory and Practice (4.5 units)
EDUC9705 Developing Literacies Through Intercultural Language Learning (4.5 units)
EDUC9706 Visualising Language Learning (4.5 units)
EDUC9708 New Technologies and e-pedagogy in Foreign Language Education (4.5 units)