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APPL8290 – Evaluating Language Classroom Practice

2020 – Session 1, Fully online/virtual

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Philip Chappell
Margaret Wood
Credit points Credit points
Prerequisites Prerequisites
(APPL600 or APPL6000) and (APPL601 or APPL6010) and permission by special approval
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

With the increased diversity of contexts for English language learning, language teachers need to develop competencies in evaluating and implementing appropriate language classroom practices for different contexts. This unit is a practical application of the content of APPL6000 and APPL6010. Learners complete classroom observation tasks of videorecorded lessons; evaluate a series of videorecorded lessons based upon principles of TESOL methodology, including planning and programming principles; and systematically compare and contrast different approaches to second language teaching and learning - all this across a variety of language teaching and learning contexts. The unit is aimed at students looking for a practical application of TESOL methodology without undertaking a Practicum. It is not intended as a replacement for the practical experience gained on a practicum such as APPL8220.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Critically evaluate language lessons taught by others, identifying the main elements that enabled and/or inhibited successful teaching/learning to be achieved.
  • ULO2: Analyse constituent parts of language lessons (tasks, activities, stages) for their structure and how they relate to other constituent parts.
  • ULO3: Compare and contrast language teaching approaches applied to a specific language learning context.
  • ULO4: Articulate a coherent language teaching philosophy appropriate for a particular learning and teaching context.
  • ULO5: Engage in online discussions of English language teaching issues in a range of contexts, comparing and contrasting issues within those contexts.

Assessment Tasks

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Delivery and Resources

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All resources are available online in the iLearn unit. Weekly learning tasks and activities are required to be completed. 

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Students seeking more policy resources can visit the Student Policy Gateway (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/student-policy-gateway). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

If you would like to see all the policies relevant to Learning and Teaching visit Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central).

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/study/getting-started/student-conduct​


Results published on platform other than eStudent, (eg. iLearn, Coursera etc.) or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au or if you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

All assessment tasks must be attempted in order to pass the unit.

Requesting an extension to assignment due date

Extensions are only given in special circumstances, by the unit coordinator or the lecturer, either by email before the due date, or by completing a Disruption to Studies request. For more information on Disruption to Studies, see http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/policy.html

Late submission of assignments

If assignments are submitted after the due date without an approved extension, they are deemed late. Late submissions will receive a 5% per day penalty and will not be marked if more than 2 weeks late.

All assignments submitted after the deadline, regardless of the reason, will be marked and returned at a date determined by the unit convenor. Extensions cannot continue beyond the start of the following semester, and students should be aware that long extensions may impact graduation dates.

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