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EDP4140 Second Language Learning and Pedagogy

Semester 1, 2013 Online Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Education
School or Department : Education
Version produced : 21 July 2014

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Examiner: Ann Dashwood
Moderator: Shirley O'Neill


Beginning educators need tools and skills in English language use for teaching effectively to meet the comprehension and performance challenges of students from a range of socio-cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and to develop their own linguistic and cultural awareness of a Language Other Than English. The demographic of learners in classrooms and in a range of instructional settings worldwide is increasingly multicultural. Queensland schools serve 200 nationalities from multilingual backgrounds, with 40% of Queenslanders being migrants, children of migrants or indigenous Australians of whom 40% are under 15 years of age. Queensland schools reflect the global context with10% of Queenslanders speaking a language other than English. For many students the main language of the home and social environment is not English, or English shares the dominant place with another language.


This course is designed to introduce students to what language is, how meaning is realised in language use and how it operates in mainstream learning environments in English. In this course, recent research in cognitive processes and strategies involved in second language learning, individual learner characteristics, social and cultural factors affecting language identity, development and communication is experienced through theory and practice. Intercultural language teaching methodology, sequencing and second language teaching macro skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing are developed with grammar and vocabulary as tools for enhancing the communicative competence of culturally diverse learners in the classroom. Students will become familiar with language policies, bandscales for ESL learners, needs of second language learners, and will develop resources for professional use. Information Literacy will be developed through exploration of Internet sites including Education Queensland Internet resources, QSA, ACARA and professional ESL networks in Australia and abroad, and readings focusing upon principles and practice in English as an Additional Language (EAL) education.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. The assessment item(s) that may be used to assess student achievement of an objective are shown in parenthesis. On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. use metalinguistics skills explicitly in English and demonstrate language knowledge attending to morphology, syntax, punctuation and referencing; (Assignment 1/ Assignment 3)
  2. identify stages and environment of first language acquisition compared with learning in a second language: cultural, social and cognitive factors affecting language learning; (Assignment 1/ Assignment 2/ Assignment 3)
  3. reflect on the nature of language and learning strategies of second language learners in English and in languages other than English (LOTE) through proficiency on Basic Interpersonal Communicative Skills (BICS) and Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency (CALP); (Assignment 2/ Assignment 3)
  4. incorporate intercultural practices into teaching; (Assignment 2)
  5. assist learners to develop strategic listening, reading, speaking, writing, vocabulary and grammar skills; (Assignment 2 / Assignment 3)
  6. apply Scope and Sequence Essentials to a case , assess language proficiency requirements on the National Languages and Literacy Institute of Australia (NLLIA) band scales and modify learning tasks to the needs of ESL learners; (Assignment 3)
  7. examine language policies, indigenous perspectives and on-line learning tools in creating positive language learning environments; (Assignment 2 / Assignment 3)
  8. demonstrate competence in and appropriate use of language and literacy, including spelling, grammar, punctuation and bibliographic referencing. (All assessments)


Description Weighting(%)
1. English language awareness: sound patterns, meanings of language, sentence patterns, language varieties in society and culture and language conventions. 15.00
2. First language acquisition and second language understandings: cultural, social and cognitive factors affecting second language learning; individual differences, effects on attainment rates and second language levels of proficiency in mainstream learning. 10.00
3. Cultural awareness and behaviours. 10.00
4. Pedagogy developing the macroskills and language through intercultural language teaching principles. 35.00
5. Analysis of classroom teaching units of work texts and ESL Bandscales 25.00
6. WWW-based research activities on language futures and teaching content 5.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

  • Yule, G 2010, The study of language, 4th edn, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
    (Electronic book.)

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Byram, M., & Grundy, P. (Eds.) 2003, Context and culture in language teaching and learning, Multilingual Matters, Cleveland.
  • Davidson, C. (Ed.) 2005, Information technology and innovation in language education, Hong Kong University Press, Hong Kong.
  • Krashen, S 1987, Principles and practice in second language acquisition, Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • O’Neill, S., & Gish, A 2008, Teaching English as a second language, Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Oxford, R. (Ed.) 1996, Language learning strategies around the world: Cross cultural perspectives, University of Hawai’i Press, Honolulu.
  • Ur, P 1996, A course in language teaching – practice and theory, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
  • Whether you are on, or off campus, the USQ Library is an excellent source of information The gateway to education resources is here ….

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 80.00
Independent Study 80.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 20 20 18 Mar 2013
ASSIGNMENT 2 20 20 13 May 2013
ASSIGNMENT 3 60 60 10 Jun 2013

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students’ responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there are no examinations in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and have Internet access to UConnect for this course.