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.
This topic aims to:
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