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Unit Overview


This unit represents a bridge between learning a foreign language other than English and teaching it by introducing the student to the principles of foreign language pedagogy. Students will explore a range of contemporary issues in the field of second language acquisition and foreign language teaching while reflecting on their own language learning experience and achievements. Students will have the opportunity, thorough the development of a final project, to explore independently an area of language teaching of interest to them, related to the learner's age group and to the foreign language of their choice. The unit is designed to cater for students from a range of Western and Asian language learning backgrounds and aims in developing awareness of teaching career options for multilingual speakers. The unit will develop student's language awareness, communication skills, and writing and critical thinking skills.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) evaluate the defining features of different theoretical and pedagogical approaches to language learning and teaching; (2) evaluate how age, individual, cultural and social variables affect language learning and teaching; (3) critically analyse their own second and/or foreign language learning experience, motivation and achievements; (4) assess how language policies and curriculum affect the context of language learning and teaching; and (5) demonstrate knowledge of the main principles of language learning and teaching by conducting a case study on a teaching environment of their choice.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments and online tests; (2) classroom participation; and (3) final project. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Nicola Fraschini
Unit rules
At least two level 1 language units and two level 2 language units for a total of four consecutive units in one of the following majors: Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Indonesian, French, Italian, German, Spanish Studies.
and/or the student is a native speaker of a language other than English.
Advisable prior study
LING1901 Language Learning and the Multilingual World.
Contact hours
Up to three hours/week x 10 weeks
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.