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ED3443 - Teaching ESL to Indigenous Students

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Education (pre 2015)

Limited offering available only to RATEP students.

This subject reviews the theory and practice of teaching English to Indigenous children as a second language. It explores the implications for Indigenous students of widespread language shift away from traditional languages over to creoles and other new language varieties. It deals with the specific educational needs of Indigenous students with language backgrounds other than Standard Australian English (including contact languages), processes of second language acquisition and strategies for explicit teaching of English. The subject focuses on how policy and curriculum relating to ESL learners has developed to respond to Indigenous language situations. It also introduces students to how mainstream teachers might identify and support Indigenous ESL learners through engagement with various planning and teaching models and specific assessment tools such as the ESL Bandscales.

Learning Outcomes

  • develop and apply knowledge of issues related to Indigenous language history and the cultural and linguistic background of Indigenous students;
  • develop and implement strategies for the effective teaching of oral language and literacy and numeracy skills to Indigenous children;
  • develop confidence and competence to engage with ESL assessment tools to identify specific areas of grammar/language you will need to teach;
  • develop and plan language learning activities which support Indigenous students' second language acquisition; and;
  • demonstrate Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at a developed level.
Prerequisites: ED2990
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
ED5510 ED4120

Availabilities

External, Study Period 2
Census Date 28-Aug-2014
Coord/Lect: Miss Juanita Sellwood.
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU
Assessment: assignment - language story task (20%); assignment - language analysis grid (30%); assignment - sequence of language tasks (50%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Lecturer and subject coordinator is based on the Cairns campus.

Townsville, Limited, Study Period 2
Census Date 28-Aug-2014
Face to face teaching (Online tutorial attendance at RATEP site as per schedule to be advised)
Coordinator: Miss Juanita Sellwood
Lecturers: Miss Juanita Sellwood, Ms Cassy Nancarrow.
Workload expectations:
  • 13 hours tutorials - online tutorials
Assessment: assignment - language story task (20%); assignment - language analysis grid (30%); assignment - a sequence of language tasks (50%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Lecturer and subject coordinator is based on the Cairns campus.

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.