Courses & Units

Languages and Language Acquisition EPR215


This unit introduces you to the foundations of second language acquisition. It has been designed to introduce you to the role of Languages within the curriculum, second language acquisition theories, an appreciation of the relevance of intercultural understanding, links to first language learning and to clarify your thoughts and your role as an educator with regard to Languages education within the early childhood and primary sectors. In this unit, you will consider how language is acquired, how the intercultural orientation of languages learning leads to an appreciation of cultural issues and perspectives and introduces the beginnings of critical thinking around the key contemporary debates around languages education and their role in languages learning. By developing understandings of the nature of languages learning, you will begin to engage in close studies of resources and consider the implications for learning.


Unit name Languages and Language Acquisition
Unit code EPR215
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Education
Discipline Education
Coordinator Doctor Andy Bown
Available as an elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Cradle Coast Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Apply knowledge of: the role and value of additional language learning as an integral part of learning; the links between first and second language learning; the relevance of cultural understandings within a languages program.
  • describe the nature and development of languages learning.
  • select and justify suitable resources for teaching and learning.
  • explain your role in supporting active learning pedagogies and purposeful conversations, focusing on languages learning.

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.



ESH110 or EPR110


AssessmentTest (10%)|Reflection (40%)|Report (50%)
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