In order to optimise the effectiveness of their teaching and the breadth and depth of their professional knowledge, teachers need an understanding of the micro and macro contextual forces that interact and influence the events in their classrooms. In order to implement and evaluate change at any level, they need to be able understand the roles of stakeholders and the forces that act upon them. This unit examines practice and provides theoretical bases for critical thought and action. It builds a foundation from which research may be undertaken as well as evaluated and applied. It promotes an ethical and sustainable approach to TESOL, and an awareness of its place in the contemporary world.
Teaching and Learning Strategies
This unit is taught through:
- Course notes (provided on i-learn)
- Lectures and class discussions
- Structured reading and reflection tasks
- Web tasks and discussions
It is expected that students in this unit will ….
- Read the essential pre-reading before the lecture/seminars. (Internal students only)
- Attend all of the lecture/seminar sessions. (Internal students only)
- Participate in small group discussions and tasks in class.(Internal students only)
- Participate in web discussions and online tasks.
- Download and read the powerpoints after each of the lecture/seminars
- Access other readings from the unit website as well as journals and library resources.
- Consult with the lecturer about any assessment or other issues that need clarification.
NB: This unit is delivered in blended mode. Distance course materials are also available to internal students. Space permitting, external students may attend the on-campus sessions if they wish. All students are expected to participate in web discussions and complete online tasks.
Required and Recommended Reading and Learning Material
There are no textbooks for this unit.
Reading material for this course consists of book chapters and some journal articles that can be found on e-reserve. Other journal articles can be accessed directly through the library catalogue. Detailed reading lists will be available on the i-learn site, which you can access from Monday Week 1. Reading guides and questions to consider are provided for the key readings.
For copyright reasons, some of the items on e-reserve may not be available for the entire period of the course. This means that students must download them when they are available and also that it is no cause for concern if readings do not appear until shortly before the corresponding module is due to commence.
i-learn will be used in the delivery of this unit. For more information: http://www.mq.edu.au/iLearn/student_info/getting_started.htm
On campus sessions will be recorded, but they will consist of student discussions and tasks rather than lectures. It is not essential for distance students to listen to these, but they are advised to download the slides available after the lecture sessions.