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ECL777 - Bilingualism and the Principles and Practices of Language Education

Unit details

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Enrolment modes:

(B, X)

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:M Weinmann
Contact hours:

3 hours per week


This unit focuses on a range of theories of bilingualism, the knowledge of the pedagogical principles and the practice of teaching through a second or foreign language. Students explore in detail the issues of language education and how to make it responsive to the needs of bilingual and/or second language learners and to their use of languages in the classroom and across a range of social contexts. The unit covers core concepts and pedagogical issues from a range of perspectives, paying particular attention to socio-cultural and communicative approaches to bilingualism, language policies, curricula and language education programs, such as Content Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) programs, types and degrees of bilingualism and their relationships to the identity of learners, and the characteristics of bilingual speech. The unit also looks at the ways in which research into bilingualism and bilingual education can inform both pedagogy and the effective learning of a second or foreign language.


Written Essay 1 40%

Activity Presentation 20%

Written Essay 2 40%

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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