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KCIL5613 - Theories & Methods in Language Learning
Faculty of Education and Social Work - 6 credit points
HECS Band one
EFTSL: 0.125000000
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Department: Koori Centre
Offered session(s): 1
Teacher/Coordinator: Susan Poetsch

Classes: Block Mode

Assessment: community language learning case study (25%); lesson observation and analysis (30%); micro-teaching (20%); resource development (25%)

Teachers in the language classroom are often confronted with the dilemma of choosing the right method or approach to adequately develop the proficiency of their students. What many do not realise is that there is no one perfect method or approach; what might work in one language teaching situation might not necessarily work in another. Over the last two centuries, a number of methods and approaches have emerged each determined by the social, cultural, economic and political factors of the day. Given this scope, there are teaching situations that have demanded a focus on the development of written proficiency whilst others that of oracy. The goal of this course is to introduce students to theories of languages education methodology and provide them with the foundations to successfully choose methods and/or approaches that will best cater the teaching of Indigenous languages in Australia. It will include significant methods used in the teaching of the macro (listening and responding, speaking, reading and responding, and writing) skills and the micro (lexico-grammatical) skills; determining teacher and learner roles; and effective language lesson planning.
Available to students enrolled in Koori Centre block-mode courses only.
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