The Second Language Curriculum

Subject EDUC90109 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
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: 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 Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Andrea Truckenbrodt


Subject Overview:

A study of the development, implementation and evaluation of the second language curriculum. Topics include the origins of second language curriculum development, syllabus design and curriculum development, needs analysis, situation analysis, planning goals and learning outcomes, course planning and syllabus design, the role and design of instructional materials, student assessment and program evaluation.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a sound understanding of the second language curriculum
  • Identify, describe and critically evaluate different approaches to a key aspect of second language curriculum development
  • Design a second language curriculum framework for a specific audience and context

There are three items of assessment:

  • Online forum contributions during the semester (2000 words, 20%)
  • A written assignment requiring critical analysis of a key issue in second language curriculum development, due mid way through the semester(3000 words, 30%)
  • Design of an assessment framework for a specific second language curriculum, due at the end of the semester (5000 words, 50%)

This subject has a minimum hurdle requirement of 80% attendance at all tutorials, seminars and workshops.

Prescribed Texts:

Richards, J. (2001). Curriculum development inlanguage teaching. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press

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, students will have:

  • 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)

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