EDUC 6526B - Italian Curriculum & Methodology B

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 6526B
    Course Italian Curriculum & Methodology B
    Coordinating Unit School of Education
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    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 Pass in 6 courses of Italian
    Restrictions Available to GradDipEd 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: Kathryn Purvis

    Kathy works as a part time lecturer on Thursdays from 3-5pm. Please email her if you have any requests or queries.

    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 linda.westphalen@adelaide.edu.au

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
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    On Successful completion of this course student will be able:

    APST     Standard

    AQF7/8 GA
    Both Semesters
    1
    S1&S2

    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
    2
    S1&S2
    Integrate relevant research and theory to develop a broad repertoire of subject-appropriate teaching and learning strategies, including use of ICT. 3.3 & 3.2 Skills 2,3,5
    3
    S1&S2
    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
    4
    S1&S2
    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
     Semester Two
    5
    S2
    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
    6
    S2
    Identify and interpret student learning needs and design learning strategies so as to respond to student diversity. 5.1 & 5.2 Skills & Application 1, 2, 3, 4, 8
    7
    S2
    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 SACE, Australian Curriculum, IB. 5.1,5.2,5.5 & 7.2 Knowledge, Skills & Application 1,4,5

    8
    S2

    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
    Note:

    Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST):
    http://www.decd.sa.gov.au/hrdevelopment/pages/workforcedevelopment/Standards/?reFlag=1 

    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF):
    http://www.aqf.edu.au/aqf/in-detail/aqf-levels/ 

    Graduate Attributes: University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes:
    http://www.adelaide.edu.au/learning/strategy/gradattributes/
    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
    Required Resources

    Students are encouraged to spend time becoming familiar with locally relevant curriculum documents that are referred to throughout the course and those listed below. Other lists of relevant websites and resources are also available on MyUni

    Languages Policy

    Intercultural Language Learning

    Curriculum Frameworks

    National curriculum reports and professional learning projects

    Recommended Resources

    Emmitt, E. Pollock, J and Komesaroff, L. 2003, Language and Learning, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne. $49.95

    A general reader on understanding language and language learning. This well referenced Australian publication aims to encourage reflection on classroom practice through understanding and awareness of language in its social and cultural contexts.

    Lightbrown, PM. & Spada, N. 1999, How Languages are Learned, Oxford University Press, Oxford. $59.95

    An introduction to the main theories of first and second language acquisition for second and foreign language teachers. This book includes a very useful chapter called ‘Popular ideas about language learning’ that could be used to better inform your school community (students, staff and parents) about language learning.

    Scarino, A & Liddicoat, AJ. 2009, Teaching and Learning Languages: A Guide, Curriculum Corporation

    A short and easy read guide to some of the practical questions of language teaching and learning. Highly recommended.

    Wing Jan, Lesley. 2009, Write Ways: Modelling Writing Forms. Oxford University Press, Melbourne. $59.95

    A highly useful resource for teaching of and about writing texts for different purposes.

    Online Learning

    Students are encouraged to contribute to lesson resources on the Languages MyUni site. Students will be required to post their group lesson plan and handouts on MyUni for sharing in a collaborative resource bank.

    Discussion online for all students will be expected while on observation in the schools.

    Other curriculum

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    This course will be taught through a weekly 2 hour workshop and will be run in conjunction with the compulsory Core Lecture Series. The course 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 in particular languages within the cohort.

    Workload

    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
    Seminar Series
    Semester 2 Thursday 3-5pm AITSL Standards
    Week 1  
    Formative assessment
    Feedback from prac Peer assessment
    all 5
    Week 2 Choice and differentiation Designing a Tic-Tac-Toe task 1.1-1.3, 1.5 3.1-3.5
    Week 3 Rubrics
    Creating an oral task and rubric
    MYP rubrics
    5.1
    Week 4 Summative assessment
    Assessment in SACE Coursework and exams
    IB exams
    3.4,3.6,3.8 all 5
    Week 5  Moderation: why is it important?
    Moderation in SACE
    Feedback to schools
    5.1, 5.5
    Week 6
    Task 1
    Moderation activity due
    Task 3: Folder due
    Intercultural assessment
    HOTS Authentic tasks
    2.3,2.6 5.1,5.2
    Week 7
    Task sheets
    Scaffolding reports
    5.1, 5.2
    Week 8
    Task 2:
    Unit Plan and Assessment due
    Review of term 1 orals
    Using the target language
    Language as social code Task presentations
    5.1, 5.2
    Specific Course Requirements

    Students will be required to arrange times outside of workshops to meet with their group to prepare group presentations for assignments.

    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Students will be required to work in small groups as Discovery Experience for Assignments 1, 2 and 3.

    For Assignment 1 they will moderate a text production task in a specific language group.
    For Assignment 2 they will work together to critique each other’s assessment task and rubric.
    For Assignment 3 they will work collaboratively on a Tic-Tac-Toe task for inclusion in their resource folder.
  • 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 Course Learning Outcomes 12 & APST 5.3,5.4,5.5 - 30%
    Stage 2 Moderation of Text Production Task
    Due date: Week 6, Thursday: Assessment is part group and part individual.

    Assignment 2 Course Learning Outcomes 2,3,11 & APST 3.3,3.2,6.3,5.1,5.2 - 40%
    Unit plan based on Australian Curriculum, formative assessment activity, major assessment task and rubric, model answers, introduction to the task and group presentation to the class.
    Due Date: Week 8, Thursday:Assessment is part group and part individual.

    Assignment 3 Course Learning Outcomes 1,10 & APST 3.4, 5.1, 5.2 - 30%
    Create a folder of work to contain specified documents
    Due date: Thursday Week 6

    Assessment Related Requirements

     Attendance at seminars is compulsory. Please email in advance if unable to attend explaining reason.

    Assessment Detail

    ASSIGNMENT 1
    STAGE 2 Moderation activity.
    This assignment addresses the following graduate attributes in its assessment: 1,2,and APST: 5.3, 5.4, 5.5

    Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes APST AQF 7/8 GA

    8
    S2

    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

    This assignment is worth 30% of the assessment for specific language enrolment.

    Description You will be given a sample Text Production Task from the SACE website.

    Step 1: Individually with no consultation with others you will assess the task using the Performance standards Ideas and Expression and provide detailed written feedback to the student giving reasons for your decisions.

    Step 2: You will take part in a moderation activity with other members of your specific language group. You will compare your assessment decisions with others in the group and discuss differences in marking and the reasons for those differences. You will try to come to an agreement with the group about the grade for the student if possible.

    Step 3: You will submit your task with your feedback to students giving reasons for your decisions.
    You will write a reflection of 300 words describing your thoughts and experiences about marking this piece of work and reflecting on the process of comparing your marking with that of the group. Explain why or why not you were able to come to an agreement about the piece.

    Guidelines for Preparation Your moderation task and reflection will be submitted via Turnitin.
    Assessment Criteria Rubric can be found on My Uni / Languages C&M B/ Course Information/ Assignments Assessment Criteria Rubrics

    ASSIGNMENT 2: Unit plan and assessment tasks
    Assessment will be part group and part individual.

    Learning outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes APST AQF 7/8 GA

    2
    S1&S2

    Integrate relevant research and theory to develop a broad repertoire of subject-appropriate teaching and learning strategies, including use of ICT. 3.3 & 3.2 Skills 2,3,5
    3
    S1&S2
    Demonstrate a commitment to work ethically and collaboratively so as to meet the professional expectations required of teachers 6.3 Knowledge, Skills & Application 3,4,8
    7
    S2
    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 SACE, AC, IB. 5.1,5.2,5.5 Knowledge, Skill & Application 1,4,5

    This assignment is worth 40%

    Description and steps

    Choose a class (8-10) that you taught in either your first or second prac.

    Based on a unit your taught, write or adapt a unit plan for a 5 week unit of work. Describe your school context (number of lessons a week, length) and your learners (class size 1st, background, 2nd language learners, students with special needs etc.)

    Include the overview and the AC sub strands covered in the major assessment task as for assignment 2 last semester.

    Adapt or create a major assessment task incorporating 3 of the following: assessment of the intercultural, use of IT, HOTS, an authentic task, choice, differentiation. Include 2 formative assessment activities but do not write the lesson sequence as for previous task.

    Create a rubric for your major task, a task sheet specifying the conditions under which the task will be conducted ( in class test, with/without dictionaries, drafting allowed, length, use of ICT etc)2 model answers, one at an A level and one at a C level. Write the lesson plan for 20 minutes of the lesson in which you introduce the task to the class.

    Present a short 5 minute oral to our class explaining your class, your task and how it meets the requirements above. 

    Time lime

    During weeks 5 and 6 you will have planning time during the seminars.

    Assessment Criteria Rubric can be found on My Uni / Languages C&M B/ Course Information/ Assignments Assessment Criteria Rubrics


    ASSIGNMENT 3:FOLDER OF WORK 30%

    Course Learning Outcomes APST AQF 7/ 8 GA
    1
    S1&S2
    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
    6
    S2
    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

    Purpose

    To collect together relevant curriculum documents, hard copies of work done during the term and student reflection during the course to support students in their teaching experience and to provide mentor teachers with an understanding of student knowledge, skills and understandings.

    Description

    The folder will contain the following documents collected during the course of the term, where appropriate for the particular language:
    250 word report on assessment materials collected on prac (either 1st or 2nd prac)
    A previous SACE exam paper
    A Tic-Tac-Toe activity
    A task sheet and rubric for a 3-5 minute one on one oral with a 8-10 class.
    (A short report on the implementation of this task with a small group (5 students) if the opportunity presents itself in second prac.)
    Items collected from at least 1 of your pracs as below.

    Item Collected
    1. Semester 1 assessment plan – if the teacher has one.
    2. Unit plan of the unit of work that your class was doing before you arrived. Unit plan of the unit of work the students are currently  doing.
    3. A description of a recently completed major assessment task
    4. The task sheet for that task. (Usually contains a description of the task with the due date, conditions under which the task is undertaken, eg in class test with or without paper or electronic dictionaries, time allowed, etc . Stage 1 and 2 classes will definitely be given these, 8-10 classes may or may not.
    5. A rubric if available
    6. Some examples of student work with teacher feedback photocopied with the student names removed
    7. Items 2 – 6 for a major assessment task that you are responsible for in your prac. If you don’t have the opportunity to give a major task then do it for a formative task.
    8. Examples of end of term reports sent home to parents with student names removed if you are allowed access to them.

    Submission
    Assignment 1 is to be submitted to the course coordinator in Week 6
    Assignment 2 is to be submitted in Week 8
    Assignment 3 is also to be submitted in Week 8
    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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