EDUC 4516B - English as a 2nd Language Curric & Method B (UG)

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015

The course aims to present information on a range of methodologies and develop a variety of pedagogical skills to help students to be better prepared for the start of their teaching career.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code EDUC 4516B
    Course English as a 2nd Language Curric & Method B (UG)
    Coordinating Unit School of Education
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact 2 hours per week, in addition to a 2 hour common lecture focussing on Assessment and Reporting
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites 4 semesters of Linguistics courses or University of Adelaide Cert IV TESOL
    Assumed Knowledge High level of English literacy competency - Linguistics study must have been in English
    Restrictions Available to B Teaching students only
    Course Description The course aims to present information on a range of methodologies and develop a variety of pedagogical skills to help students to be better prepared for the start of their teaching career.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Mr Andrew Hartigan

    Judith works as a part time lecturer and is generally in the office Tuesday mornings and all day Mondays and Wednesdays. She will be available to talk to students Wednesdays 11-12. Alternatively you can email her your queries or request a consultation time.

    Students are advised to check MyUni regularly for important languages related information. All course materials will be posted, including templates for adaptation in assignments. Contact details for languages education and professional learning opportunities such as language conferences and workshops will also be posted.

    For queries regarding overall curriculum and methodology enrolment contact the program coordinator, Dr Linda Westphalen, Room 805, ph 8313 3784. Email
    Course Timetable

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

    Semester 2 Tutorial Series Monday 9-11am AITSL Standards
    Week 1
    1.Guest Speaker on Language Literacy Levels
    2.Issues Relating from the Teaching Practice
    3. Explanation of Unit Plan Ass 1& Ass 2
    Year 10 Text Analysis
    1.1-1.6, 2.1-2.6, 3.1-3.7, 4.1-4.5, 5.1-5.5

    Week 2
    1.Assessment and Planning
    2.Applying Language Literacy Levels & use of ESL Scope and Scales
    1.1-1.6, 2.1-2.6, 3.1-3.7,5.1-5.5

    Week 3 *
    “In the Field ‘Excursion Planning.
    Virtual and /or Actual Discovery Learning Experience
    1.1-1.6,2.1-2.6, 3.1-3.7, 4.1-4.5, 5.1-5.5
    Week 4
    *Unit Plan Assignment 1 due TUES

    1.SACE: Planning and Assessment
    2.Assessments of items from students
    3. Modifications for students with Special Needs,
    Including Giftedness, Disabilities, Cultural Differences
    4. Intercultural Awareness
    1.1-1.6, 2.1-2.6,,3.1-3.7,5.1-5.5

    Teaching Practice
    Mid Semester Break
    Week 5 
    1.Issues Relating from the Teaching Practice
    Problems and Solutions
    2.Issues in ESL Education: professional conversation: Communicating positively with students, parents, staff and community
    3.1-3.7, 4.1-4.5,5.1-5.5, 6.1-6.4,  7.1-7.4

    Week 6
    Year 10 Text Analysis Assignment 2 due: TUES
    Guest Speaker from CEO
    Assessment in the classroom
    2.1-2.6, 3.1-3.7, 4.1-4.5, 5.1-5.5, 6.1-6.4,7.1-7.4
    Week 7 
    1.ESL Discovery Learning and the Environment including Music
    2.Reading to Learn: detailed reading and
    Rewriting of factual texts
    1.1-1.6 2.1-2.6, 3.1-3.6 4.1-4.5, 5.1-5.5, 6.1-6.4,7.1-7.4

    Week 8
    Group Discussion Online Assignment 3
    Due: THURS 
    coolaboration, reflection and Evaluation of Classroom Strategies and Effective use of Resources
    1.1-1.6, 2.1-2.6, 3.1-3.7, 4.1-4.5, 5.1-5.5, 6.1-6.4, 7.1-7.2

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    On Successful completion of this course student will be able:

    APST     Standard

    AQF7/8 GA
    Semester Two

    Assemble a range of subject-appropriate resources, including online, that engage
    a diversity of students in their learning.
    2.6 & 3.4 Application 2, 4, 5, 8

    Develope a broad repertoire of subject-appropriate teaching and learning strategies, including use of ICT. 3.3 & 3.2 Skills 2,3,5

    Demonstrate broad knowledge of strategies that can be used to evaluate teaching programs to improve student learning. 3.6 & 5.4 Knowledge 1, 2, 6

    Identify and interpret student learning needs and design learning strategies so as to respond to student diversity. 5.1 & 5.2 Skill & Application 1, 2, 3, 4, 8

    Formulate a range of feedback and assessment strategies, including informal and formal, diagnostic, formative and summative approaches to assess student learning in the subject area and for various curricula eg SACSA, SACE, ACARA, IB. 5.1,5.2,5.5 & 7.2 Knowledge, Skill & Application 1, 4, 5

    Demonstrate understanding of assessment, moderation and its application to support consistent and comparable judgements of student learning. 5.3, 5.4 & 5.5 Knowledge 1,2

    Demonstrate a commitment to work ethically and collaboratively so as to meet the professional expectations required of teachers 6.2, 6.3, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4 Knowledge, Skills & Application 3,4,8

    Demonstrate communication skills to present a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas to a diverse range of students 3.5, 4.2, 5.5 Knowledge, Skills & Application 2,4

    Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST): 

    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF): 

    Graduate Attributes: University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes:
    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. 3,4,5,6
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1,2, 3,4,6,7
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2,4,7
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 1,4,5,7,8
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1,2,5
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 3
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1,4,7
  • Learning Resources
    Recommended Resources

    Burns, A. & Coffin, C. ( eds ) 2001, Analysing English in a Global Context, Routledge, London. $75.00
    A collection of articles addressing key issues in English language teaching and applied linguistics, mostly within British and Australian language learning and teaching contexts.

    Harmer, J, 1991, The Practice of English Language Teaching , New Edition,Longman,
    London and New York.
    Overview text of major theories and definitions for English teaching.

    Harmer, J, 1998, How To Teach English, Longman, London
    Practical basic guide for beginning teachers of English.

    Richards, J.C & Lockhart, C, 1996, Reflective Teaching in Second Language Classrooms,
    Cambridge, UK.
    Useful text and thoughtful text challenging and discussing basic assumptions for beginning
    ESL teachers.

    Herrera, S.G & Murry.K.G, 2005, Mastering ESL and Bilingual Methods, Pearson Education, Inc, USA.
    Clear explanation of the origins and nature of the diverse ESL class. Also offers
    helpful suggestions for assessment and choice of tasks.

    Wajnryb, R,1992, Classroom Observation Tasks, Cambridge University Press, UK.
     A very handy resource book which encourages prior planning and post feedback for a wide variety of useful lessons.

    Online Learning

    Students are advised to check MyUni regularly for important languages related information. All course materials will be posted, including templates for adaptation in assignments. Contact details for languages education and professional learning opportunities such as language conferences and workshops will also be posted. Discussion online of key educational issues for all students will be expected and assessed throughout semester 1 and 2.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    Workshops and Group work will allow students to work collaboratively in building resources, establishing contacts and networking with practising teachers. This course will be taught through a weekly 2 hour workshop and will be run in conjunction with the compulsory CAL course. It is a 2 semester course which will run for 8 weeks in Semester 1 and a further 8 weeks in Semester 2.

    The course gives opportunity for practical application of language teaching strategies within a supportive classroom environment. Workshops will be interactive, incorporating a blend of whole class directed activity and, where possible, language specific group work. This will depend on student enrolment numbers within the cohort.

    In the first sessions, students will be encouraged to explore their own beliefs and experiences of language learning in shaping their identities as language teachers. During these first weeks the course will focus on lesson planning with opportunity for practice through group presentations of a text type. The group presentation will support students in working toward the major individual assessment piece for this course due in semester 2.

    First semester workshops will also look at unit planning with reference to current curriculum documents. Second semester workshops will examine SACE curriculum and whole school language planning.

    The practical focus of the workshops will allow strategies in effective classroom management to be regularly practised and shared in preparing for teaching practice block.


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

    The contact time for the course is two hours per week. On top of this students are expected to spend approximately two hours per week on individual work related to the course. This will primarily involve familiarisation with specific curriculum documents and reading and preparation as directed during seminars. Time spent on formal assessment tasks is in addition to weekly reading.

    Learning Activities Summary

    No information currently available.

    Specific Course Requirements

     Students will be required to plan ahead and visit ‘in the field’ for an excursion component required for Assignment 1 on Week 3 in lieu of the usual scheduled tutorial.

    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Students will be required to work in small groups as Discovery Experience for both Assignments 1 & 3.

    They will explore the concepts of a relevant excursion in small groups for the required component for Assignment 1.

    They will also collaborate in small groups online to understand; engage; reflect and express their individual viewpoints and perspectives for 4 topics for Assignment 3.
  • 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

    Assignment 1 40% Course Learning Objective D & AITSL Standards 1-7.
    Unit Plan, Lesson Plan, Excursion & Reflection
    Due Date:Tuesday Week 4

    Assignment 2 30% Course Learning Objective E & AITSL Standards 1-7
    Year 10 ESL Text Analysis
    Due Date: Tuesday Week 6

    Assignment 3 20% Course Learning Objectives A,B, C & AITSL Standards 1-7
    Online Group Discussion of four fortnightly set topics based on key educational issues.
    Assessment will be individual.
    Fortnightly Topics Set: Weeks 2, 4, 6 and 8 of each semester.
    Due Date: Thursday Week 8

    Assessment Related Requirements

    Attendance at workshops is compulsory(10%)

    Assessment Detail

    Assignment Guidelines and Criteria
    Assignment 1: Unit Plan, Lesson Plan, Excursion and Reflection
    Lesson and unit planning are at the core of your teaching practicum. This assignment aims to support you in your first efforts at designing and implementing a unit of work for Language students.
    Note that: It is preferable that you design your unit plan for Middle Years students (Year 8 or 9). Your unit should be actually implemented - keep it practical and within your school context. Below is a description of what should be included. Language Curriculum and Methodology seminars will provide further information, exemplars and support on how to go about constructing your unit plan. Proformas for the Lesson Plan and Reflection will be posted on MyUni. Excursion details should include Aim/Purpose; Location; Activity; Assessment and Expected Outcomes.

    It is up to you whether you
    a) Design you own unit plan structure
    b) Adapt an existing unit plan structure (ie one provided through this course or by a school/mentor teacher)
    c) Combine an existing design with your own ideas

    Unit plans are designed to meet the needs of the students they are intended for. There is no single way of going about it. Your final product should however include the following aspects:

    Incorporation of SACSA Framework ( or SACE / school document ) Key ideas Essential learnings Equity perspectives Other elements of curriculum documents
    Description of tasks Sequencing Relevance Progression in learning

    Assessment Relevant to unit Demonstrates intended learning outcomes of unit

    Cohesiveness Unit focus Descriptors Learning tasks Assessment
    Assessment criteria for the task can be found below.
    Due date: Tuesday Week 4
    Unit Plan Assessment Criteria
    This assignment addresses the following graduate attributes in its assessment: 1,2,6,8,9
    Incorporation of SACSA Framework ( or SACE / school document )

    ( Key ideas, essential learnings, equity perspectives, etc. ) 20%

    Interwoven throughout

    Sound application
    Generally Applied
    Minimally referred to
    Not evident
    Description of tasks ( sequencing, relevance, progression in learning ) 20%

    Incorporates strands thru open-ended tasks
    Detail within tasks
    Clearly defined tasks
    Basic presentation of tasks

    Not evident
    Assessment ( relevant to unit, demonstrates intended learning outcomes of unit ) 20%

    Demonstrates learning / Open-ended
    Described in detail
    Clearly presented
    Basic outline
    Not evident
    Cohesiveness of unit ( unit focus, descriptors, learning tasks, assessment ) 20%

    Soundly linked together
    Well connected
    Relate to one another
    Minimally referred to

    Not evident
    Lesson Plan Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory 10%
    Reflection & Excursion Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory 10%
    This assignment addresses the following graduate attributes in its assessment: 1,2,3,6,8

    The text analysis task is a learning process designed by you for students at Year 10 level. It aims to prepare students for text analysis in Year 11 and 12, where they are expected to be familiar with a range of text types. The task should be complex and developed over a sequence of around five lessons.

    Guidelines for design and submission
    The following four parts will be assessed. Within each part, each dot point needs to be addressed to fulfill the requirements of the assignment.
    Part 1: Select an authentic text appropriate for Year 10 level.
    Provide a 200 word justification for your choice of text including: Learner context: why the text is suitable for Year 10 learners Curriculum context: how the task connects to the SACSA Framework Prior knowledge: what previous learning is required for students to undertake the task 
    Part 2: Text type and features Present the text and a translation in English. Describe the text type and features of the text. Give examples from the text that illustrate each feature. 
    Part 3: Process of teaching and learning
    Describe how you will present the text to students. Consider the following questions in
    designing a learning process: How will students be expected to respond to the text? What are the components of the task? (ie What exercises/activities will students engage in?) How will the task encourage critical thinking? What learning styles are being incorporated into this process? What will students produce as a final outcome of the task? How will the task enhance understanding of this text type?
    Include worksheets, instructions for students and/or any additional resources.
    Part 4: Criteria for Assessment
    Design an assessment process that demonstrates student learning. Include:
    Formative assessment: evaluation of progress along the way
    eg self evaluation, peer assessment, teacher feedback Summative assessment: evaluation of final product
    ie How will marks be allocated? What will marks be allocated for? How will
    feedback be provided to students?
    A rubric is recommended as a way of showing how students can complete the task at different levels.

    DUE: Tuesday Week 6
    Each section worth 25% of total mark.
    85%+ High Distinction

    Distinction 75-84%
    Credit 65-74%
    Pass 50-64%
    Below 50% Fail

    Text selection and justification

    Authentic text soundly presented within learner and curriculum context
    Authentic text that connects clearly to learner and curriculum context
    Authentic text reflecting student interests and curriculum context
    Appropriate text selected for year level with some justification
    Selected text not appropriate and/or not justified

    Text type and features
    All text features thoroughly described to enhance critical analysis

    All features of text identified and accurately presented
    Most features identified correctly with reference to text
    Text presented with some features identified
    Features incorrectly or not identified

    Process of teaching and learning

    Sophisticated learning sequence that combines elements of analysis
    Logical sequence of learning and teaching that encourages critical thinking
    Clear sequence of learning and teaching that develops student understanding
    Activities relating to text presented
    Activities not relevant to text or not presented

    Assessment and feedback
    Thorough assessment and feedback process embedded in learning
    Logical and detailed assessment and feedback process
    Assessment and feedback methods demonstrate student learning
    Some description of or reference to assessment presented
    Little or no mention of assessment in task


    This online discussion assignment addresses the following graduate attributes in its assessment: 1,2,3, 4, 5,6, 7,8, 9 and AITSL Standards: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7.
    To reflect on and discuss key educational issues with peers.
    Students will be allocated to a group of 5-6 people with whom you work with online discussion during each semester. Your group will need a name so that you can identify yourselves quickly when logging on to your online group. Assessment will be individual.
    Online Contributions
    · Discussion topics will be posted on Monday Weeks 2,4, 6 and 8 of each semester.

    · You are required to participate in each of the online discussion topics. If you miss a week, you can go back and do it at another time. You can set up a new conversation at any time if you want to discuss something else with your peers related to your school experience.

    · No one outside of your group has access to your group discussion except for the Course coordinator (Judith).
    · Addresses each of the four fortnightly set topics in full to show understanding
    · Content of contributions: connect points soundly so that text flows in logical manner
    · Responses to others: respond thoughtfully and critically with supporting evidence
    · Reflection
    · Expression
    Mark/10 for each contribution and overall 20% weighting.
    Final Entries/Due Date: Tuesday Week 8
    High Distinction

    Thorough understanding
    Good understanding
    Sound understanding
    Limited understanding
    No evidence of understanding

    Engaging with group members
    Responds thoughtfully and critically
    Good evidence of engagement
    Considered evidence of engagement
    Limited evidence of engagement
    No evidence of engagement

    Detailed, insightful
    and sophisticated
    Clear and thoughtful
    Considered evidence of reflection
    Limited reflection
    No evidence of reflection

    Highly developed skills
    Well developed skills
    Good skills
    Adequate skills
    Rudimentary skills


    Assignments 1 and 2 are to be submitted to Hub Reception on the dates due.

    Assignment 3 is an Online Discussion of four fortnightly set topics for semester 2.

    Please refer to your program handbook for further details

    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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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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