EDUC5404 Educational Linguistics

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
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.
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.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (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 requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, 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.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Jelena Rakovic
Contact hours
30 contact hours (150 hours total time commitment). Further information is available in the unit outline
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