Postgraduate Certificate in Modern Languages Education (Stream B)

Course PC-MLEB (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Year and Campus: 2014
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Duration & Credit Points: 50 credit points taken over 6 months


Dr Russell Cross


Education Student Centre
234 Queensberry Street
Call: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Course Overview:

The Postgraduate Certificate in Modern Languages Education (Stream B) is designed for people who wish to obtain a formal graduate qualification in teaching Languages Other Than English (LOTE) but who do not wish to work as a LOTE specialist in Victorian primary or secondary schools. This course is also designed for international students seeking advanced training in the teaching of languages for contexts outside Australia.

Learning Outcomes:

The course aims to upgrade and/or retrain teachers in Modern Languages Education in the primary, secondary and adult education sectors. More specifically, it is intended that graduates should be able to:

  • identify the principles and approaches to teaching and learning Modern Languages Education;
  • understand and apply current Modern Languages Education methodologies;
  • apply strategies for recognising students requiring Modern Languages Education tuition and analyse their learning needs;
  • understand the nature and form of the English or target language;
  • demonstrate competence in the management of Modern Languages Education programs and resources which are culturally and linguistically appropriate.
Course Structure & Available Subjects:

This stream is designed for those who already have or do not require registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching as a teacher of LOTE.

Subject Options:

Students undertake 50 points of elective subjects from the following list:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
Not offered in 2014
Year Long, Semester 1, Semester 2
Entry Requirements:

1. The Selection Committee will evaluate the applicant’s ability to pursue the course successfully using the following criteria:

  • an undergraduate degree and a fourth year level education qualification, or a four-year education degree, or equivalent; and
  • a major study in a language other than English, or an equivalent level of proficiency in a language other than English.

2. The Selection Committee may conduct interviews and tests and call for referee reports and employer references to elucidate any of the matters referred to above.


(a) Successful completion of a major in the language other than English is a requirement for LOTE teacher accreditation in Victoria.

(b) Students who successfully complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Modern Languages (Stream A) or the Postgraduate Certificate in Modern Languages (Stream B) may be eligible to progress to the Master of Modern Languages (Stream A) or Master of Modern Languages (Stream B), respectively, with 50 points credit.

(c) Students who discontinue from the Master of Modern Languages (Stream A) or the Master of Modern Languages (Stream B), but have successfully completed the requirements of the Postgraduate Certificate in Modern Languages (Stream A) or the Postgraduate Certificate in Modern Languages (Stream B), respectively, will be eligible to receive the Certificate as an exit award.

Core Participation Requirements:

The Melbourne Graduate School of Education welcomes applications from students with disabilities. It is University and Graduate School policy to take reasonable steps to enable the participation of students with disabilities, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student’s participation in the Graduate School’s programs.
The core participation requirements for study in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education are:

In all courses

1. The ability to comprehend complex information related to education and the disciplines in which the student is teaching.
2. The ability to communicate clearly and independently in assessment tasks a knowledge of the content, principles and practices relating to education and other relevant disciplines.
3. Behavioural and social attributes that enable a student to participate in a complex learning environment. Students are required to take responsibility for their own participation and learning. They also contribute to the learning of other students in collaborative learning environments, demonstrating interpersonal skills and an understanding of the needs of other students. Assessment may include the outcomes of tasks completed in collaboration with other students.

Students who feel a disability will prevent them from meeting the above academic requirements are encouraged to contact Disability Liaison.

Further Study:

Graduates may progress to a range of other graduate coursework programs.

Graduate Attributes:

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