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ETL709 - Multilingualism and Multilingual Education in Global Contexts


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

D303 students must have passed 24 credit points of study at levels 1, 2 & 3 with a minimum WAM of 60%, otherwise Nil



Incompatible with:


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 focuses on a range of theories, policies and current developments and discussions in regards to multilingualism in global and Australian contexts. Students explore in detail the issues of multilingual languages education across a range of social-cultural, political and institutional contexts.

The unit covers core concepts and understandings from a range of perspectives, paying particular attention to theories of language and cognition, languages education policies, multilingual curricula and education programs, multilingualism and teacher-learner identities, and the characteristics of multilingual speech.

The unit also looks at the ways in which research into multilingualism can inform both the languages pedagogies and the effective learning of an additional language.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Explain and interpret the current theories of multilingualism and different approaches to multilingual education in Australian and international contexts

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO8: Global citizenship


Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the complexities regarding the interplay of language, identity, policy and culture in diverse sociocultural and socio-political contexts worldwide

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO8: Global citizenship


Demonstrate the ability to critically analyse and evaluate multilingual education policies, programs and teaching approaches

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving


Critically analyse and evaluate ideas, practices, skills and knowledge in multilingual education by using socio-cultural theory of languages, culture and identity in relation to languages education

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication


Synthesise and reflect on key concepts of multilingualism and innovation in multilingual language education

GLO4: Critical thinking

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 - Essay based on interview 2500 words 50% Week 5
Assessment 2 - Essay 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: ETL709 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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