Literature in Second Language Education

Subject EDUC90694 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2015.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours (24 hours face to face contact plus 12 hours forum participation).
Total Time Commitment:

340 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Experience in teaching or learning literature in a second language.

Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

A study of the possible uses of literature within the second language curriculum. These uses range on a continuum from literature as a resource for language development to literature as an object for study.The course will examine what teachers and learners can do with literature in the classroom, the language of literature and appropriate teaching methods, the teaching of poetry, short stories, the novel, drama and film. Student assessment and program evaluation in literature lessons and courses as well as possible areas for research and development are also included. Aspects of literary theory will be considered particularly in relation to their pedagogical implications.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate a sound understanding of the roles of literature in second language education.
  • Identify, describe and critically evaluate different approaches to the teaching of literature in second language education.
  • Design of a literature-based course for a specific second language learning context.

There are three items of assessment:

  • Online forum contributions during the semester (2000 words; 20 per cent).
  • Assignment requiring critical analysis of a key issue in the teaching of literature in second language education, due mid-semester (3,000 words; 30 per cent).
  • Assignment requiring the design of a literature-based course for a specific second language learning context due end of semester (5,000 words; 50 per cent).

There are two hurdle requirements:

  • Participation in regular short tasks and activities based on class work.
  • Evidence of completion of set reading and out of class excercises on each topic.

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: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:
  • A respect for intellectual integrity and the ethics of scholarship
  • Advanced skills and techniques applicable to the discipline
  • A capacity to articulate knowledge and understanding in oral and written presentations
  • An advanced understanding of the international context and sensitivities of the specialist area.
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in Modern Languages Education (Stream B)
Graduate Certificate in TESOL (Stream B)
Master of Modern Languages Education (Stream A)
Master of Modern Languages Education (Stream B)
Master of TESOL (Stream A)
Master of TESOL (Stream B)
Postgraduate Certificate in TESOL (Stream B)

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