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EPS2005 Linking Through Languages

Semester 2, 2021 Online
Short Description: Linking Through Languages
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Education
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 070199 - Teacher Education not elsewher
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 14 April 2021


Examiner: Ann Dashwood

Other requisites

Students enrolling in this course should have some knowledge of another language.
Students with a background in another language are recommended to enrol.


There is a demand for learners to have a solid foundation in Languages to meet the needs of citizens in an international society and globalised world and contribute to intercultural competence. Languages are multi-faceted, including knowing, doing, thinking and communicating. Languages curiosity begins early in life, and as parents and teachers nurture this curiosity across the curriculum, they help shape and develop children’s skills to enable them to investigate in more complex ways into the communicating world in which they live. Teachers need to be able to demonstrate that Language and intercultural awareness are connected across different fields and to everyday life among younger and older people alike.


Pre-service teachers require a deeper focus in a particular subject, in addition to the general knowledge and teaching skills that are required across the range of curriculum areas. This course supports the development of additional depth of understanding in Languages as a curriculum specialisation. The focus of this course is designed to assess the Languages content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge which is required for teachers to be equipped with a curriculum specialisation in Languages.


On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. develop knowledge of teaching strategies that are responsive to the socio-linguistic needs of students from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds (APST 1.2, 3.3);
  2. develop knowledge and understanding of language and of language learning and teaching that is relevant to the Australian Curriculum (APST 2.1);
  3. design teaching strategies that apply to languages that connect to other learning areas by selecting and implementing a range of Literacy, Numeracy and ICT resources (APST 2.5, 2.6);
  4. select and evaluate a range of resources that engage students in learning languages (APST 3.4);
  5. demonstrate advanced cognitive, literacy and communication skills, including spelling, grammar, punctuation and APA referencing.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Nature of Languages and the Australian Curriculum 15.00
2. Investigate constructivist approaches to Communicative Language Teaching 15.00
3. Investigating intercultural competence 10.00
4. Investigating communicative competence 10.00
5. Investigating language at basic user level 20.00
6. Reflecting on language and its cultural competence 20.00
7. The process of implementing the Australian Curriculum Languages 10.00

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.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 80.00
Independent Study 85.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Assignment 1 50 50 21 Aug 2021
Assignment 2 50 50 22 Oct 2021

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 maximize 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 available weighted marks for the summative assessment items.

  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 will be no Deferred or Supplementary examinations in this course.

  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. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment purposes. Such copies should be despatched to the USQ within 24 hours of receipt of a request to do so.

  2. Electronic submission of assignments is required for this course. All submissions must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ study desk for this course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if requested by the Examiner.

  3. Reliable access to the internet is a requirement of this course as the course contains electronic assessment and submission elements. In order to avoid internet issues, on-campus students should upload their assignments electronically using the same computer laboratories. Online students who knowingly do not have reliable access to the internet should actively seek alternative internet access (e.g., Internet cafes, local libraries, or work places) for assessment submission. Online students are able to use the on-campus student computer laboratories once access has been enabled. To be granted access, Online students need to contact ICT and ask to have a student account enabled so that they can work on-campus.

  4. Students are expected to open their university provided email account and check it regularly for personal communication. In accordance with the Electronic Communication with Students Policy and Procedure ( information sent to the student's USQ email account will be regarded as being received.

  5. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use the 7th edition of the APA Style Manual to format their assignments. The APA Style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.

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: conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement. The course forms part of the Bachelor of Education suite of courses and is benchmarked against the 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.

Date printed 14 April 2021