Language Curriculum Design

Subject 175-511 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2009.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment: 2 contact hours/week , 8 additional hours/week. Total of 10 hours per week.
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Assoc Prof Catherine Elder
Subject Overview: This subject considers a number of current approaches to language syllabus design in second and foreign language teaching contexts. These include functional-notional, communicative, content-based, task-based, genre-based, and competency based syllabi. Attention will also be given to issues such as needs analysis and negotiated curricula.The place of grammar in language teaching and the cultural relevance of English curricula in non Western contexts will also be considered.
  • be aware of recent developments and issues in language curriculum theory;
  • have acquired an understanding of the implications of such developments for language teaching, curriculum design and methodology;
  • be able to evaluate and discuss language curricula in the light of knowledge acquired during the subject.
Assessment: Two written assignments, one due towards the middle of the semester (2000 words, 40%), and one due after the end of the semester (3000 words, 60%).
Prescribed Texts: A reading pack prepared by the Department.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • develop their research skills;
  • develop their critical thinking and analytic skills;
  • be able to communicate ideas through writing.
Related Course(s): M.A.Applied Linguistics (Advanced Seminars and Shorter Thesis)
Master of Applied Linguistics (English Language)
Master of Applied Linguistics (Language Test&Language Program Evaluation
Master of Applied Linguistics (Technology in Language Learning)
Master of Applied Linguistics(TESOL)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Language Testing and Language Program Evaluation

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