Course Title: Languages

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Languages

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2022


Brunswick Campus


360H Education


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019

Course Coordinator: Naomi Wilks-Smith

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7004

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 220.02.14

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course focuses on the broad notion of languages; the development of a first language, simultaneous development of two or more languages, and the learning of additional languages. Bilingualism and multilingualism will be explored through investigating how learners make sense of language/s. Language acquisition research will be studied to inform teaching pedagogy. The unique context of multilingual and multicultural classrooms will be explored with practical classroom strategies for these settings. Throughout this course, you will discover skills to create language programs to recognise a diversity of languages that you will have within your classrooms.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Your learning in this course is focused on development of the following program level capabilities.

Undergraduate program capabilities:

  • Work with others in a range of roles and contexts, demonstrating cultural, environmental and social awareness and ethical and reflective practice.
  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on educational policy and practice in both local and international contexts.
  • Communicate using a range of formats and strategies to audiences within and external to the discipline of education
  • Engage with diverse learners in a range of educational contexts in order to develop skills and knowledge for flexible and adaptable participation in professional communities of practice.

Postgraduate program capabilities:

  • Determine and apply the specialist knowledge and professional skills required to creatively solve problems, demonstrating expert judgment and ethical responsibility relating to your professional practice
  • Critically analyse, synthesize and reflect on complex theories and recent developments, both local and international, to extend and challenge knowledge and practice in education
  • Professionally communicate with specialist and non-specialist audiences, as producers and consumers of knowledge, about philosophical and pedagogical propositions, processes and outcomes
  • Engage with complex bodies of knowledge and multiple professional skills in order to contribute to your professional identity and career within contemporary contexts.

At the conclusion of this course you will be assessed on the following learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of key concepts related to language acquisition of first and further languages
  • Investigate and reflect critically on the literacy practices of monolingual, bilingual and multilingual students
  • Develop a languages program appropriate for primary students with diverse language backgrounds
  • Create resources to support first and further language development
  • Explore the power of the teacher to develop the capacity in children to learn how to learn languages.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities both face to face and online such as lectures, tutorials, group and class discussion, group activities and individual research. This course will involve a range of learning activities including workshops, presentations and demonstrations.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning. Resources will include academic readings, relevant curriculum policy documents and materials.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the relevant program capabilities.

Assessment may include reports, projects and presentations, individually and in groups. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program manager or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

The Student Charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT University student as well as the responsibilities of the university.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which can be found on the RMIT University website at:;ID=qwxbqbg739rl1