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ECL777 - Bilingualism and the Principles and Practices of Language Education

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:M Weinmann




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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: 50%

Written essay 2: 50%

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