Course Title: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Brunswick Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Naomi Wilks-Smith

Course Coordinator Phone: 9925 7004

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this elective course you will investigate the unique language and learning needs of students with English as an additional language. Theories of language acquisition will be studied and reflected upon. Practical application of these theories will be explored. With large numbers of students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in our classrooms, this course will further develop your skills as a teacher to support all students.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Outcomes

You will be assessed on your development of the following program learning outcomes in this course:

  • Develop and apply theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to your professional practice and development in curriculum, pedagogy and assessment.
  • 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.
  • Work with others in a range of contexts, demonstrating cultural, environmental and social awareness and ethical and reflective practice.

Course Learning Outcomes

You will be assessed on your development of the following course learning outcomes. Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Engage with theories of language acquisition and approaches to teaching
  • Critically reflect on the theories explored within the course
  • Develop an integrated unit of work highlighting considerations for students with diverse language backgrounds
  • Create resources to support language and literacy development.

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.

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.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the 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 statement of student responsibilities  summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.   Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described online at: