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3239

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2012 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Education

Managing facultyEducation
Abbreviated titleMAppLingLangTeachers
CRICOS code041554D
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)1.5 years FT, 3 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Multi-modal (Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details http://www.monash.edu/study/coursefinder/course/3239
Contact details

Telephone +61 3 9905 2888 or email education.clayton@monash.edu or visit http://www.education.monash.edu.

Course coordinator

http://www.education.monash.edu.au/courses/student-advisers.html

Notes

  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.

Description

NOTE: This course has had one or more changes made to it since publication on 1 October 2011. For details of change/s, please consult the change register at http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2012handbooks/2012-change-register.html.

This course, taught in conjunction with the Faculty of Arts, seeks to further students' understanding of applied linguistics, especially as it relates to second and foreign language acquisition and language teaching. It also aims to develop students' skills in critical reading in applied linguistics and the ability to design a research project.

Outcomes

This course is designed to extend participants' knowledge and skills of educational research by helping them come to better understand both the theoretical and practical aspects of pedagogy. The program draws attention to teaching and learning in ways that are intended to foster a reflective stance toward the development of professional knowledge about teaching. Involvement in the program will aid participants in coming to a better understanding of what is involved in the development of knowledge of practice and its application to theory and practice through educational research.

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that students will have:

  • engaged in teaching second or foreign language informed by theory and research into language acquisition and language teaching
  • integrated academic studies of applied linguistics in action-oriented or other research
  • acquired deeper understandings of classroom practice and student learning
  • developed ability to perform and assess quantitative and qualitative research methods in applied linguistic studies
  • fostered, explored and examined the nature of professional learning
  • focused serious attention on the professional knowledge of practice
  • developed a deeper understanding of evidence based practice
  • developed scholarly writing skills and established criteria for best practice in language teaching.

Credit for prior studies

Credit for prior studies may be granted for appropriate studies in applied linguistics or applied Japanese linguistics, or equivalent. All decisions on the extent of credit for prior studies will be at the discretion of the course adviser.

Professional recognition

Note: This course does not qualify graduates to teach in Australian schools, with the exception of students in stream B who complete EDF6238.

Structure

Two streams are available. Students must select either stream A or stream B (see below). Each stream consists of three core 12-point units, including one research methodology unit. In addition to these three core units, students will choose one of the following options:

(i.) three 12-point elective units from arts or education

(ii.) two 12-point elective units from arts or education plus a 12-point research project* from arts or a professional project from education

(iii.) one 12-point elective unit from arts or education and a 24-point thesis* from education or dissertation* from arts.

Students may also undertake other electives which are relevant to the course with the approval of the course adviser.

Core and elective units are offered by both the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Education. Although students will generally select three units from both the faculties of Arts and Education, a minimum of two units should be selected from each faculty.

* The research alternatives above must be approved by the course adviser.

Requirements

Stream A: Teaching Asian languages (Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Indonesian or other)

Core units

Students must choose three of the following:

  • APG4348/APG5348 Second language acquisition
  • APG4633/APG5633 Teaching and learning Asian languages
  • APG4347/APG5347 Research methods in applied linguistics
  • or an appropriate 12-point research unit to be selected from the faculty suite of research methodology units listed below (taken on advice from the course coordinator or supervisor)

Elective units

  • APG4630/APG5630 Japanese sociolinguistics
  • APG4631/APG5631 Asian languages in contact
  • APG4634 /APG5634 Japanese linguistics
  • APG5707 Special topic in applied linguistics
  • EDF6010/EDF6020 Professional project
  • EDF6201 Theory and principles of bilingual/immersion education
  • EDF6228 Content-based teaching in languages
  • EDF6234 Curriculum design and evaluation in languages education
  • EDF6236 Language, society and cultural difference

Stream B: Teaching English as a second/foreign language

Core units

Students must choose three of the following:

  • APG4348/APG5348 Second language acquisition
  • EDF6233 Theory and practice of TESOL
  • APG4347/APG5347 Research methods in applied linguistics
  • or an appropriate 12-point research unit to be selected from the faculty suite of research methodology units listed below (taken on advice from the course coordinator or supervisor)

Elective units

  • APG4735 Issues in teaching English as an international language
  • APG5707 Special topic in applied linguistics
  • EDF6010/EDF6020 Professional project
  • EDF6232 Professional practice for teachers of English as a foreign language*
  • EDF6234 Curriculum design and evaluation in languages education
  • EDF6236 Language, society and cultural difference
  • EDF6238 Advanced practicum in language teaching: TESOL (for domestic students only)

* This unit is for students with less than three years of approved relevant teaching experience.

Both streams

All units below are worth 12 points unless otherwise indicated.

Research methodology units

  • EDF6005 Reading, interpreting and communicating research
  • EDF6006 Introduction to quantitative research methods
  • EDF6007 Qualitative approaches to research
  • EDF6008 Working with theory in research
  • EDF6009 Special topic in research
  • EDF6012 Specific focus in research A (6 points) and EDF6013 Specific focus in research B (6 points)

Research electives

A research methodology unit is a prerequisite for the following. Select one of:

  • APG4701/APG5706 Research project**
  • APG4386/APG5386 Research project A**
  • EDF6031 Masters thesis part 1, and EDF6032 Masters thesis part 2 (16,000 words) (24 points)***

** Offered by the Faculty of Arts.

*** For students who are interested in later applying for doctoral studies in education.

Off-campus elective units (for Australian domestic students only)

Minimum grade for course completion

Students must achieve a credit in all core units and a credit average overall.

Alternative exit(s)

If students do not meet the minimum pass grade requirement, they may exit from the course after a minimum of one-year (or part-time equivalent) with a Graduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics for Language Teachers.

Award(s)

Master in Applied Linguistics for Language Teachers