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Launceston, Cradle Coast


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.

Summary 2021

Unit name Languages and Language Acquisition
Unit code EPR215
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Education
Discipline Education

Andy Bown

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No



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Learning Outcomes

  1. 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.
  2. Describe the nature and development of languages learning.
  3. Select and justify suitable resources for teaching and learning.
  4. Explain your role in supporting active learning pedagogies and purposeful conversations, focusing on languages learning.




ESH110 or EPR110



Task 1: Language Acquisition Quiz (10%)

Task 2: Reflective statement, 1500 words (40%)

Task 3: Selection of suitable language learning materials, 2500 words (50%)

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