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ED3443 - Teaching ESL to Indigenous Students

Credit points: 3
Year: 2015
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: College of Arts, Society & Education

Limited offering available only to RATEP students.

This subject reviews the theory and practice of teaching English to Indigenous children as a second language from birth to 18 years. 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 developing oral language and the explicit teaching of English in early learning settings and school contexts. The subject focuses on how education policy frameworks and curriculum relating to ESL learners has developed to respond to Indigenous language situations. It also introduces pre-service teachers to how educators in varying education contexts might identify and support Indigenous ESL learners through engagement with Indigenous families and their communities, and through the use of 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 and for BEd(ECE) students an understanding of the Early Years Learning Framework at a developed level.
Prerequisites: ED2990
ED5510 ED4120


Townsville, Study Period 2, Limited
Census Date 27-Aug-2015
Face to face teaching (Online tutorial attendance at RATEP site as per schedule to be advised)
Coord/Lect: Miss Juanita Sellwood.
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%).

Study Period 2, External
Census Date 27-Aug-2015
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%).

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