OnlineSession 1N/A

Unit description

Introduces students to the study of teaching and learning English as an additional language/dialect and the critical role that culture plays in the learning process. The unit has been designed to inform prospective teachers about the particular needs of non English speaking background children learning English as their second language or dialect in a school context. The unit is primarily aimed at the practical application of language learning theory.

Unit content

Topic 1 Characteristics of students learning EAL/D

Topic 2 Linguistic, cultural considerations, teaching strategies

Topic 3 Learning a new language

Topic 4 Assessment and the EAL/D student

Topic 5 Oral language development for EAL/D students

Topic 6 Classroom talk: Creating contexts for language learning

Topic 7 From speaking to writing in the content classroom

Topic 8 Reading in a second language

Topic 9 Putting it all together in the classroom

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • This text is essential for study and assignments in this unit. It forms part of the study guide and is utilised from Week 1 to Week 10: Hertzberg, M, 2012, Teaching English language learners in mainstream classes, PETAA, Newtown, NSW. ISBN: 978-1-875622-85-6.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Structured online learning 4 hrs (10 Weeks)
Short written response30%
Differentiated learning program70%

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Fee information


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