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ETL704 - Innovation in Language Curriculum


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: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Rod Neilson
Trimester 2: Rod Neilson




Incompatible with:

ECL752, ESJ760

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:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including weekly engagement with materials and responses in discussion forums


This unit aims to develop students’ understanding of EAL and languages curriculum by enabling them to take on the broader and more complex role of planning, designing and evaluating language programs for particular second language learners and contexts.

The units comprises case studies of innovative approaches to syllabus design and content; it discusses teacher and learner roles in particular political, social and institutional contexts; frameworks for planning curriculum change; planning and teaching language courses online; materials evaluation; and  assessment including the role of examinations.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate critical understanding of the current curriculum policy in Australia and overseas GLO4: Critical thinking


Demonstrate critical understanding of theories and research in second language curriculum when applied to pedagogical practices in language classrooms and to various language programs and their contexts, as well as frameworks for syllabus design GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Analyse critically the appropriateness of current curriculum policy and approaches to syllabus design in and for different socio-cultural and institutional contexts

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO8: Global citizenship


Synthesise concepts of curriculum change and innovation in Second / foreign language education

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO8: Global citizenship


Reflect on their evolving theory of language learning and teaching and apply this to curriculum knowledge and practice

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO6: Self-management

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- Critical evaluation of a sample EAL program 2000 words 40% Week 6
Assessment 2 - Report on an agreed aspect of developing or evaluating languages programs 3000 words 60% 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: ETL704 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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