EDMM632 Issues in Language Acquisition & Learning

20 Feb 2017 - 25 Jun 2017
EDMM632-17S1 (D) (distance)

Students will investigate and critically analyse aspects of language acquisition and learning research and consider their relevance to practices and problems in a particular educational setting.

In this course the students will gain a thorough overview of current research in the field of language acquisition and learning and develop an ability to analyse and evaluate critically findings and discussions in the literature on language acquisition pedagogy that inform the design and implementation of curricula for learning contexts. Students will compare and contrast a range of approaches to teaching additional languages, curriculum and syllabus design, and evaluating and designing appropriate materials to meet the diverse language learning needs of students in a range of educational settings. Students will investigate and critically analyse problematic aspects of language acquisition and learning research and consider their relevance to practices and problems in a particular educational setting.

This level 9 course builds upon EDEM631 and is designed to engage practicing educators in the analysis and critique of current theory and research on language acquisition and learning that informs the design and implementation of learning contexts and curricula. The course will introduce participants to a range of approaches to teaching additional languages, curriculum and syllabus design, and evaluation and design of appropriate materials to meet the diverse language learning needs of students in classrooms/schools.

Learning Outcomes

Students completing the course will be able to:
1. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of current issues in the application of first and second language acquisition research to language teaching and learning contexts.
2. Critically assess research related to various national and international models and programmes for language teaching and learning including ESOL/TESOL, immersion, transitional bilingual programs, 1st language/heritage language maintenance, and language revitalization.
3. Appraise and critically evaluate suggested curricula and language teaching and learning materials for various groups of learners, including text, multi-media and web-based, using appropriate criteria.
4. Identify and explain teaching and learning strategies that support research-informed curriculum-based language learning and emergent bilingualism, regarding indigenous languages, heritage languages, English as an Additional Language and international languages;
5. Research and critically analyse problematic aspects of language acquisition and learning and relate them to practices and problems in a particular educational setting 
6. Analyse and explain the varied language needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students in a particular educational setting and compose a research-informed curriculum for their language learning.

Restrictions

EDEM632

Recommended Preparation

EDEM631 or equivalent knowledge.

Timetable 2017

Note that these are online webinars. They are recorded for those who cannot attend in real time. You do not have to come to campus.

Day Time Weeks
Monday 16:00 - 17:00

20 Feb - 9 Apr
1 May - 4 Jun

Assessment

Description Percentage 
Active, well-prepared participation in course activities 40%
A research bibliography 20%
A descriptive analysis of an issue in language acquisition or learning relevant to a particular language learning context, with suggestions for optimising the learners' language development 40%

Additional Course Outline Information

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