Learning Area LOTE 2

Subject EDUC90454 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 20-Jul-2015 to 06-Nov-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 31-Jul-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
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 Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

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Subject Overview:

This subject builds upon the theory and practice of teaching Languages established in LOTE LAS 1. Moving beyond the fundamentals of methodology, this subject develops teacher candidates’ understandings of the needs of diverse groups of language learners within secondary contexts more specifically, an deeper understanding of Languages in contexts beyond Victoria, an understanding of contemporary issues and debates on language teaching and learning, and aims to develop teacher candidates’ capacity to become reflective practitioners of Languages. Topics include working with individual differences, the middle years, senior secondary students, drama and gesture within Languages, assessment, bilingual education, policy contexts for Languages, the contested nature of the knowledge base of language teacher education, and pathways for ongoing professional learning.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, teacher candidates will have the knowledge, skills, and understanding to enable them to:

  • Apply their understanding of the theory and principles of Languages education to meet the needs of diverse groups within secondary contexts.
  • Reflect on their development as a learner teacher to identity how their professional learning is being applied as a Language teaching practitioner.
  • Respond to contemporary issues in Language education, based on their understanding of the theory and principles of language leaning and teaching, as well as their professional experience as a learner teacher in this area.

The subject covers a range of the National Professional Standards for Teachers (for Graduate Teachers). In particular, the subject will contribute to students attaining the following standards:

1.3 Students with diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds

1.5 Differentiating teaching to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities

2.3 Curriculum, assessment and reporting

3.1 Establishing challenging learning goals

3.6 Evaluating and improve teaching programs

5.1 Assessing student learning

5.2 Providing feedback to students on their learning

5.3 Making consistent and comparable judgements

5.4 Interpreting student data

5.5 Reporting on student achievement

6.1 Identifying and planning professional learning needs

6.2 Engaging in professional learning and improve practice

6.3 Engaging with colleagues and improve practice

6.4 Apply professional learning and improve student learning

7.1 Meeting professional ethics and responsibilities

7.4 Engaging with professional teaching networks and broader communities


There are 2 assessment tasks:

  • Reflective essay (2000 words) due mid semester (50%)
  • Issues paper (2000 words) due end of semester (50%)

Hurdle requirement: Preparation & presentation of a five page, 500-word photo journal, due week 8.

Attendance at all classes (tutorial/seminars/practical classes/lectures/labs) is obligatory. Failure to attend 80% of classes will normally result in failure in the subject.

Prescribed Texts:

Collection of readings.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On the completion of this course graduates will have the knowledge, skills and understanding to enable them to:

  • Understand Secondary education as part of a spectrum of learning and development, linked to primary schooling and to post-schooling outcomes of further study and/or employment.
  • Develop in-depth knowledge of the complexity and diversity of primary students’ learning and development
  • Be expert in the disciplines they teach and committed to continual updating of their discipline knowledge;
  • Be able to intelligently and creatively plan, implement and critique mandated curriculum.
  • Be able to use data to identify and address the learning needs and capacities of individual students
  • Be able to intentionally draw on a range of teaching practices to extend individual student’s learning and development
  • Shape and deliver responsive and inclusive curricula.
  • Be a self-reflective teacher who can work constructively and innovatively through relationships with parents, colleagues and the community across a range of contexts.

Related Course(s): Master of Teaching (Secondary)
Master of Teaching (Secondary)

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