This unit focuses on teaching in bilingual and multilingual and multicultural settings. You will investigate the cognitive, cultural, psycholinguistic and social issues involved in bilingualism and multilingualism in senior secondary school. The unit connects with your professional experiences and supports you to articulate and reflect on important questions by investigating personal, school-based, theoretical and socio-cultural explanations of experiences in educational settings, including the principles underpinning the creation safe and secure classroom environments.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Exhibit and implement knowledge of key concepts of the English language and the learning of English including formal systems, spoken and written discourse, language and social context, and bi/multilingual language and literacy development;  
  2. Critically review and evaluate current research on the language learning phases and special needs of a multilingual and multicultural student;  
  3. Analysing and assessing the linguistic and communicative requirement of teaching in a multilingual and multicultural classroom;  
  4. Interpret and articulate special features of instructing, guiding and assessing students in heterogeneous classroom; and  
  5. Initiate ESL students' evaluations of their own strengths and weaknesses as a second language learner.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Exercise Reflective piece related to multilingual and multicultural settings (500 words) 10%
Case Study Case study on learning related to multilingual and multicultural settings (500 words) 20%
Presentation Present draft of research report for peer feedback 20%
Report A research report (1500 words) 50%

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