TESOL in the Primary Classroom

Subject EDUC90503 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

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

This subject is not offered in 2015.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


150 points of study in the Master of Teaching (Primary)

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

Teacher Candidates will examine TESOL methodology, curriculum design and evaluation. Topics include the sociocultural context of TESOL, including educational, cultural, historical and inter-group issues; different approaches to TESOL learning and teaching, needs analysis, curriculum design, the planning and evaluation of units of work, strategies, techniques and resources for learning and teaching speaking, listening, reading and writing; assessment and reporting; the design, implementation and evaluation of TESOL programs, including bilingual programs; and the role of the ESOL teacher in the wider educational community.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject teacher candidates will be able to :

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the linguistic and cultural diversity of students in Victorian primary schools and current contexts of ESL support;
  • Describe similarities and differences between first and second language acquisition;
  • Understand TESOL methodology and its implications for planning, teaching and assessment;
  • Support the cognitive and linguistic development of ESL students across the curriculum;
  • Assessment the language competence of ESL students
  • Understand the role of the ESL teacher within a whole-school context.

There will be two assessment tasks:

  • Designing a communicative task (2000 words) due mid semester (40%)
  • Designing a unit of work (3000 words) due end of semester (60%).

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
  • Gibbons, P. (2002). Scaffolding language scaffolding learning: Teaching second language learners in the mainstream classroom. Portsmouth, N.H.: Heinemann.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

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

  • Be skilled communicators who can effectively articulate and justify relationships between theory, research and teaching in ESL
  • Be flexible and able to adapt to change through knowing how to learn using research processes;
  • Understand the significance of developing their practice on the basis of research evidence and the standards for teaching;
  • Work in teams with skills in cooperation, communication and negotiation to engage in reflective and critical discussion of research in education and teaching;
  • Be independent of mind, responsible, resilient, self-regulating;
  • Have a conscious personal and social values base that is applied to their teaching in ESL
Related Course(s): Master of Teaching (Primary)

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