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ETL700 - Pedagogy for EAL Classrooms


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Trimester 2: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Paul Lochland
Trimester 2: Paul Lochland




Incompatible with:

ECL751, ESJ759

Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 3-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

4 x 1-hour Blackboard Collaborate sessions for cloud students


This unit examines EAL and TESOL pedagogies for primary and secondary teachers, the debates and issues which underpin those issues and the development of pedagogies for diverse students in different socio-cultural and institutional contexts in Australia and overseas.

The unit considers approaches and methods related to teaching language form and communication and the ways these can be integrated into programs that include cultural and language awareness and content based teaching for students in diverse contexts.

The unit includes an overview of the ways that students learn languages, the different language, educational and learning experiences that students bring to the classrooms, the engagement of students within language classrooms and within social contexts which are cultured and empowered,  Students examine the development of popular methods and approaches; current research and its implications for the teaching of speaking, listening, reading and writing; the development of multi-literacies, approaches for teaching language form, communication and culture, the development of integrated approached for teaching EAL and TESOL and the engagement of that skill and knowledge for different genres of literature.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Reflect on your present understanding of language learning and teaching

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO8: Global citizenship


Analyse current research and theory and its implication for diverse learners and different contexts

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO8: Global citizenship


Critically assess the implications of current theory and research when applied to the complexity of the language classroom environment; demonstrate knowledge of EAL/D pedagogy and resources

GLO5: Problem solving


Construct a comprehensive and informed personal theory and practice of second or foreign language learning and teaching

GLO6: Self-management


Demonstrate the ways your evolving theory of practice can be implemented in real educational contexts

GLO2: Communication

GLO6: Self-management

GLO7: Teamwork

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Trimester 1:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week

Assessment 1 - Essay

2500 words 50% Week 7
Assessment 2 - Reflective Analysis 2500 words 50% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: ETL700 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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