UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

EDUC5404 Educational Linguistics

Credit 6 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content This unit is an introduction to linguistics and applied linguistics, with an emphasis on applications to educational contexts, and is designed primarily for language teachers [Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and Languages Other Than English (LOTE)]. Students learn the fundamental principles of phonology, grammar, semantics, pragmatics and sociolinguistics as a prerequisite to applying them in their field of language learning. The unit is also recommended for teachers of any subject who have a strong interest in language and a desire to understand the use of language in the classroom.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) explain aspects of the structure of English, including its phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics; (2) define and teach grammatical terms that appear in the language area of the national curriculum; (3) discuss the relationship between language and social phenomena (e.g. gender, class, ethnicity); (4) solve problems pertaining to linguistic and grammatical analysis; and (5) use a range of technological tools to meet the needs of students of English.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) language meaning: two linguistic problems with a discussion of their relevance to a teaching situation; (2) language form: a collection of small weekly assignments; and (3) tutorial preps. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite standard(s) for the language meaning: two linguistic problems with a discussion of their relevance to a teaching situation, language form: a collection of small weekly assignments, and tutorial preps components of the unit, as specified in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Daniel Midgley
Contact hours 30 contact hours (150 hours total time commitment). Further information is available in the unit outline
Unit OutlineSemester 1 : http://www.unitoutlines.education.uwa.edu.au/Units/EDUC5404/SEM-1/2017
Semester 2 : http://www.unitoutlines.education.uwa.edu.au/Units/EDUC5404/SEM-2/2017

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