Language Curriculum Design

Subject LING90007 (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 25-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: A 2 hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment:

Total of 170 hours.





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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 Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills 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 Unit website:


Dr Janne Morton


Subject Overview:

This subject adopts a language for specific purposes (LSP) framework. It begins from the premise that all language teaching involves the teaching of language for some specific purpose, and in some specific contect. Working within an LSP framework, we look at a range of theoretical and practical approaches to needs analyses and language curriculum design. Theoretical approaches include corpus linguistics, genre theory, and more socially critical approaches such as Academic Literacies. The subject will involve students collecting and analysing data (e.g. sample texts and interviews) to research the needs of learners and identify the discourses and practices of target communities in academic and professional contexts. Students will also participate in evaluating and developing LSP pedagogical materials and course syllabi.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who complete this subject will:

  • Have a critical understanding of the main issues and debates in LSP
  • Have developed skills in conducting LSP needs analyses
  • Have developed skills in designing and criticall evaluating pedagogical materials and curriculum for language instruction

  • One group assignment due middle of semester (equivalent to 2000 words per student) [40%]
  • One individual assingment due end of semester (equivalent to 3,000 words) [60%]
Prescribed Texts:

Reading materials provided

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • develop research skills.
  • develop critical thinking and analytic skills.
  • be able to communicate ideas through writing.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Applied Linguistics
English Language - 100 Point Program
English Language - 200 Point Program
Language Testing - 100 Point Program
Language Testing - 200 Point Program
Modern Languages - 100 Point Program
TESOL - 100 Point Program
TESOL - 200 Point Program
Technology in Language Learning - 100 Point Program
Technology in Language Learning - 200 Point Program

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