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EPL4200 Technology and Language Learning

Semester 2, 2020 Online
Short Description: Technology & Language Learning
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 : 070115 - English as a SecLangTeach
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 11 July 2020


Examiner: Jeong-Bae Son


Pre-requisite: BEDU (Primary) or BPED Only - EDP2111

Other requisites

Students enrolling in courses which do not follow the recommended enrolment pattern cannot be assured of a developmental learning experience or program completion within their preferred timeframe.


Information Communication Technology (ICT) is a national priority for the Graduate Career stage of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APSTs) and is critically important to language learning and teaching. Language teachers need to be competent in integrating ICT into the teaching of their target language and the experiences of students to better enable the achievement of curriculum goals. For educators to be able to use technology for language learning effectively, they need to learn about technology-enhanced language learning, understand the learning affordances provided by online tools and develop their knowledge and skills for using digital technologies.


This course is designed to introduce pre-service teachers to what educational technologies and online resources are available for language learning and how the technologies and resources can be used in digital learning environments to enhance learning/further engage learners. It provides opportunities for pre-service teachers to understand what computer-assisted language learning is and engage reflectively and critically with a range of online tools and activities for second/foreign/additional language learning. Course topics include key terms and concepts; computer literacy and digital literacy; online tools; and online activities for developing specific language skills and areas.


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 teachers should be able to:

  1. apply knowledge of key terms and concepts of technology in language education (APST 2.6, 3.4, 4.5);
  2. use digital technologies and tools for language learning (APST 2.6, 3.4, 4.5);
  3. design and present activity resources supportive of language and cultural needs of students to develop their strategic language skills (APST 1.3, 2.6, 3.4, 4.5, 5.1);
  4. explain how technology can be integrated to enhance language learning (APST 2.6, 3.2, 3.4, 4.5);
  5. develop strategic pathways to apply technology-enhanced language learning (APST 3.4, 6.2, 7.4).


Description Weighting(%)
1. Key terms and concepts 10.00
2. Computer literacy and digital literacy 10.00
3. Online tools and mobile apps 10.00
4. Language skills and areas 70.00

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.
Son, J-B 2018, Teacher development in technology-enhanced language teaching, Palgrave Macmillan, London.
Stanley, G 2013, Language learning with technology: Ideas for integrating technology in the classroom, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 80.00
Private Study 85.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 50 50 10 Aug 2020
ASSIGNMENT 2 50 50 19 Oct 2020

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them, and 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 for that item.

  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 items for 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. Referencing in assignments must comply with the APA referencing system. This system should be used by students 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. This guide can be found at

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:
1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement
2. forms part of the Bachelor of Education and is benchmarked against the:

  1. internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review
  2. Queensland College of Teachers
  3. Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL).

Other requirements

  1. Participation: Students can expect it will be necessary to participate in and contribute to a range of learning opportunities in this course including online study activities, lectures, tutorials, seminar presentations, group discussions and self-directed study activities in order to apply the coursework that will enable quality assessment tasks to be submitted as evidence of professional development.

Date printed 11 July 2020