SOCS3401 Learning and Teaching Languages Other Than English

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Level 3 elective
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.
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.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
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.


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.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.