LOTE in the Primary Classroom

Subject EDUC90543 (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 27-Jul-2015 to 30-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours seminars plus 22 days of professional practice (comprising up to 2 x 30 min lessons per day; with a total of up to 22 hours of classroom teaching)
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


Admission to the Master of Teaching (Primary)

Completion of a major study of an approved language. Candidates with other qualifications will need to arrange to be assessed by a language department of an Australian university as being of equivalent proficiency.

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.

The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison website: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


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Subject Overview:

This subject will build on teacher candidates’ knowledge of second language teaching and learning across the primary years.

Emphasis will be on principles and practices that support the development of languages other than English from an intercultural perspective as well as tasks and processes that will allow work in languages to be linked across the curriculum in interdisciplinary activities.

Teacher candidates will be introduced to curriculum design commonly used in primary LOTE programs and will be asked to consider the practical implications for planning teaching/learning strategies, identifying print and ICT resources as well as devising assessment and evaluation schemes.

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • Gain sound theoretical knowledge of second language teaching & learning.
  • Create an environment which will develop in primary school learners an understanding of the nature of language and its fundamental role in human learning, expression and interaction.
  • Expand the repertoire of practical techniques for teaching their language and related social information.
  • Design, implement and evaluate LOTE curriculum, appropriate to different groups of learners, incorporating suitable content, classroom organisation, methodology, resources and assessment strategies.
  • Enhance the skills to work in a collaborative environment where reflection on the group's activities, processes and goals forms an integral part of the learning.

There are 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%)
  • 22 day professional placement in a Languages setting, due end of semester (hurdle)

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.

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

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

  • Establish their practice on the basis of research evidence about the nature of language and language use.
  • Develop their skills in cooperation, communication and negotiation, so as to work collaboratively with colleagues.
  • Have a clear personal and social values base.
Links to further information: www.education.unimelb.edu.au
Related Course(s): Master of Teaching (Primary)

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