1 x 5-day intensive workshop per semester
Admission into GCOL-Graduate Certificate in Organisational Learning
Assumed knowledge
Teaching experience.
Topic description

This topic introduces contemporary issues and concepts relevant to leading pedagogical and organisational change that are strategically situated in developing, teaching and evaluating languages curriculum renewal in Australian schools. It introduces structures and components of languages as well as the characteristics of specific languages. It is aimed at establishing deep understanding of: sound systems and sound patterns; how these sounds are represented in their corresponding orthographies; the rules that govern sentence structures; and, the general sequence in which these components can be acquired by learners. Through an interdisciplinary approach it covers established as well as contemporary and emerging trends in generative and applied linguistics, cognitive neuroscience, biolinguistics, multilingualism and cross-linguistic transfer.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Introduce a range of current theories and concepts foundational to leading organisational change in languages curriculum
  • Explore a range of contemporary theories and hypotheses about the universal characteristics of the human faculty of communication
  • Examine a range of empirical studies into the typological variations of languages
  • Introduce contemporary views on the notion of cross-linguistic transfer
  • Examine current thinking and practices on multilingual competence and proficiency in child development
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Begin leading a re-culturing process with respect to languages education
  2. Articulate the fundamental structures and properties underpinning all human systems of linguistic communication
  3. Demonstrate a knowledge of the influence of cultural pluralism on linguistic variations
  4. Critically review international trends on the influence of cross-linguistic transfer on languages learning
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of the key differences between first and subsequent language developmental sequences