Courses & Units

Foundations of English EMT511



Minimum enrolment number of 12 applies to this offering. Should enrolments not reach the minimum number required for on-campus study, students may be transferred to the on-line offering and advised of this change before semester commences.


Foundations of English is designed to provoke curiosity about how language works, ignite passions about English and introduce the beginnings of critical thinking about texts and their role in culture and society. This unit will introduce you to the foundations of English by covering the three strands of the Australian Curriculum English: Language, Literacy, and Literature, with a major focus on the Language strand. You will develop understandings of the nature and development of language and broaden your knowledge about functional approaches to written language. An emphasis of study will be on notions of socio-cultural contexts and their impact on the ways different text types or genres construct meanings; the manner in which texts vary with respect to field, tenor and mode, and the relationship of these three metafunctions of language. This unit will provide you with the foundation to the discipline of English.


Unit name Foundations of English
Unit code EMT511
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of Education
School of Education
Discipline School of Education

Dr Vihn To

Level Postgraduate
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic
Hobart Spring school (extended) Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

Units are offered as On-campus where the majority of teaching will occur at the campus identified.  Units offered Off-campus generally have no requirement for attendance at a physical university campus unless the unit has practical or fieldwork components*:  the campus indicated for an Off-Campus unit is the one at which teaching is administered from.

*Please read the Unit Introduction in the Course and Unit Handbook for attendance requirements for units offered in Off-campus mode.

Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 27/2/2017 23/3/2017 17/4/2017 2/6/2017
Spring school (extended) 30/10/2017 23/11/2017 22/12/2017 13/2/2018

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2017 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2017 will be available from the 1st October 2016.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2017: $793.00 2017: $1,903.00 070105

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.


Teaching Pattern

Face to face: Online lectures, 2 hrs tutorial x 13 weeks.

Online: Fully online with weekly readings and activities


AT 1: Understanding language (50%); AT2: Analysing and interpreting language (50%)

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Flexible Study Options

This unit is available face to face on Hobart Campus only and fully online via distance enrolment



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