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LIN8003 Language Program Management

Semester 2, 2021 Online
Short Description: Language Prog M'ment
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 : 070115 - English as a SecLangTeach
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 14 April 2021

Staffing

Examiner: Darren Dickson

Rationale

As language teacher professionals seek to enhance their career paths and take on the responsibility of coordinating and managing language programs they require new knowledge and skills that will allow them to provide leadership in ensuring language program effectiveness in today's complex and competitive globalised world. They need to understand the current theories and practices as they apply to the design, promotion, management, implementation and evaluation of language programs, and how their role of language teacher professional and leader can influence and improve language and program outcomes.

Synopsis

The course identifies and examines the key components for successful management of language programs, including curriculum design and innovation, language policy and planning, classroom dialogue as a measure of pedagogical effectiveness, student voice and student needs, teacher professional learning, language teaching standards, issues of monitoring and accountability, community engagement and organizational change. Students will have the opportunity to relate their study to their particular language learning and language program context.

Objectives

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the key components of language program management;
  2. understand current theories and practices that underpin the design of language programs;
  3. formulate strategies to enhance the role of the language teacher professional and leader in improving language programs;
  4. evaluate language program curriculum, policy and planning;
  5. judge the effectiveness of language pedagogy in practice;
  6. support student and teacher needs in managing language programs;
  7. demonstrate competence in written language and scholarly writing including correct spelling, grammar, and bibliographic referencing;
  8. apply knowledge and skills to enhance learning in diverse cultural and linguistic settings.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Understanding language program management 15.00
2. The role of the language teacher professional 15.00
3. Curriculum and language policy and planning 15.00
4. The design and evaluation of language programs 20.00
5. Evaluating language pedagogy in practice 20.00
6. Supporting language teachers and students' language learning 15.00

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). (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2021&sem=02&subject1=LIN8003)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)

White, R, Hockley, A, van der Horst Jansen, J & Laughner, MS 2008, From teacher to manager: managing language teaching organisations, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

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.
Ingram, D 2009, Language centres: their roles, function and management, Language International World Directory, John Benjiman Publishing Company, London.
Liddicoat, AJ 2013, Language-in-education policies: the discursive construction of intercultural relations, Multilingual Matters, Bristol, UK.
Pennington, MC, & Hoekje, BJ 2010, Language program leadership in a changing world: an ecolological model, Innovation and leadership in English language teaching Volume 1, Howard House Bingley Emerald Group Publishing Ltd, Leiden, The Netherlands.

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 35 35 08 Sep 2021
ASSIGNMENT 2 65 65 20 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 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 (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (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:
    Not applicable.

  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 http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Date printed 14 April 2021