LING 5011 - Language, Learning and Linguistics

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014

In this course students analyse leading-edge developments in language and literacy education. The course combines practical teaching strategies with theoretical analyses of language and language learning. The course has applications to teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) as well as to literacy and language education.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code LING 5011
    Course Language, Learning and Linguistics
    Coordinating Unit Linguistics
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Restrictions postgraduate Applied Linguistics students
    Course Description In this course students analyse leading-edge developments in language and literacy education. The course combines practical teaching strategies with theoretical analyses of language and language learning. The course has applications to teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) as well as to literacy and language education.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Peter Mickan

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    At the successful completion of this course, student will be able to:
    1 Demonstrate knowledge of influential theories of first and additional language learning
    2 Demonstrate knowledge of current, relevant research and research methods in language learning
    3 Develop practical procedures for the investigation of specific language learning experiences
    4 Acquire skills in the management of small-scale investigation into language learning
    5 Demonstrate knowledge of research applications for professional social practices
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2, 3
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 4
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Course Reader Language, Learning and Literacy
    Textbook Mickan, P. 2013. Language Curriculum Design and Socialisation. Bristol: Multilingual Matters
    Recommended Resources
    Students are encouraged to access research reports, journal articles and dissertations online [see Library services and contact Librarian Fiona Mariner] and also on the School Office which holds electronic versions of many MA Applied Linguistics dissertations.
    Online Learning
    This course is a knowledge- and skill-building course which will involve students in collaboration in reviewing online and electronically available information on research and on theory, in engaging in discussion of topics online, and in reporting seminar activities and investigations on Myuni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The seminar will include formal presentation of ideas in lectures, discussions, small group work and presentations on Readings and on students’ own investigations.

    Students join a research group of doctoral and masters students who are conducting studies in language learning and in literacies development.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    3 hours contact per week 36 hours per semester
    7 hours reading per week 84 hours per semester
    8 hours research per week 96 hours per semester
    8 hours assignment preparation per week 96 hours per semester
    TOTAL WORKLOAD 312 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    Week 1 Introduction: Learning to mean
    Week 2 Child as language learner
    Week 3 Pre-school language learning
    Week 4 Growing up bilingually
    Week 5 Language experiences in the first years of schooling
    Week 6 Learning the management of language used for specific purposes 
    Week 7 Academic literacies
    Week 8 Workplace Literacies and numeracies
    Week 9 Learning additional languages
    Week 10 Bilingual education
    Week 11 Assessing language development
    Week 12 Researching language and learning
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome
    Seminar participation Formative and Summative 10% 1,2,3
    Seminar presentation Formative and Summative 20% 1-5
    2500 word minor assignment Formative and Summative 20% 4,5
    4000 word major assignment Formative and Summative 50% 1-5
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students are members of a research active community of postgraduate students.

    Seminar attendance and participation is compulsory.
    Assessment Detail
    Seminar participation (10%): attendance and contribution to seminar discussions.

    Seminar presentation (20%): students present on critical reviews of readings, analysis of data such as transcripts and texts and reporting of topic reviews.

    2500 word minor assignment (20%): students submit a critical review of the research of a specific language learning topic.

    4000 word major assignment (50%): students submit a research report on a specific aspect of language learning.
    Students will submit assignments electronically.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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