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EDS4411 Secondary Languages Curriculum and Pedagogy

Semester 2, 2019 Online
Short Description: Secondry Languages Crclm&Pedgy
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Education
Student contribution band : National Priority - Teaching
ASCED code : 070199 - Teacher Education not elsewher
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Ann Dashwood


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEDU or MOLT (Secondary)
Pre-requisite: BEDU Only - ESP2200
Co-requisite: MOLT Only - EDM5000


Teacher professional accreditation demands that secondary teaching graduates have a strong professional knowledge of discipline-specific curriculum and pedagogical studies within their chosen teaching areas. This course enables pre-service educators to develop specific knowledges and pedagogical understandings within the Languages discipline.


The course begins with pre-service educators exploring specific structures and knowledges related to their Languages teaching area. Building on this, they will then actively construct their own pedagogical practice and develop professional expertise in developing language specific skills for learning. The purpose of this course is to adapt approaches of teaching for learning to develop a deep understanding of language and cultural awareness in communicating and understanding within the Languages discipline. This course provides the opportunity for pre-service educators to learn how Languages content, pedagogy and curriculum fit and work together to provide effective learning opportunities.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course in accordance with the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership’s (AITSL) Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST). On successful completion of this course pre-service educators should be able to:

  1. demonstrate, select and plan authentic content and range of teaching strategies across the macroskills of speaking and listening, reading and writing, vocabulary development and grammar (APST 2.1, 2.2, 2.3)
  2. identify discipline skills, attitudes, values, and intercultural competence within the Australian curriculum Languages (APST 1.2, 7.1)
  3. differentiate individual aptitudes for language learning and use (APST 1.5, 1.6)
  4. select, create and use relevant resources (including ICTs) in Languages education (APST 2.6, 3.4, 4.5)
  5. provide formative feedback, summative assessment and reporting on student achievement and apply well-developed judgement to student work in the Languages (APST 2.3, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.5)
  6. apply literacy and numeracy teaching strategies in the Language discipline (APST 2.5)
  7. engage with colleagues, professional teaching networks and broader communities to enhance Languages education and student learning (APST 2.5).


Description Weighting(%)
1. Know the content and how to teach it 15.00
2. Plan for effective teaching for learning 20.00
3. Provide feedback, assess and report on student learning 20.00
4. Engage professionally with colleagues, professional organisations, families, school and community 20.00
5. Ability to identify and apply discipline skills, attitudes, values and intercultural competence 20.00
6. Professional educator 5.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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There are no texts or materials required for this course.

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.

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 50 50 16 Aug 2019
ASSIGNMENT 2 50 50 23 Oct 2019

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:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  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:
    There is no examination 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 at

Other requirements

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