Master of Education (Languages Education) (Basic level entry)
Specialise in teaching a language, or two.
Build on your existing knowledge of a foreign language, including TESOL, and engage with issues in languages education. Design and carry out a research project. Discuss and evaluate current theory, policy and research.
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It is expected that graduates from this specialisation will be able to:
- evaluate current literature in the field of languages education with an informed, critical perspective
- critically discuss and evaluate current theory and research related to languages education policies and practices
- develop dispositions, cognitive skills, reflective awareness and creativity to facilitate the application of evidence-based knowledge, skills and capacities to language education practices
- synthesise knowledge gained from reading, discussion, and writing to generate conceptual frameworks that are used to evaluate educational research, policies and practices related to languages education
- invoke contemporary evidence-based knowledge when assuming leadership roles in educational contexts
- advocate for and contribute to the generation of evidence-based educational policies and practices in the field of languages education
- formulate research questions to investigate issues of interest and/or current concern in languages education
- generate detailed proposals for educational research, including consideration of ethical research standards, methods and timelines
- undertake a substantial independent research project relevant to languages education
- communicate findings from analysis and synthesis of reading and personal research using high standards of academic literacy.
The courses are designed to meet the increasing demand for professional development of current teachers and other professionals. The program is not designed to be an initial preparation for teaching and does not lead to teacher registration. Graduates are suitable for careers in a variety of positions ranging from work as teachers in school classrooms, school coordinators and principals, curriculum and policy advisors in departments of education, and as advisors to government departments and other policy makers.
This degree does not lead to teacher registration in Australia.
Applicants must normally hold a bachelor degree or equivalent qualification and must either (a) have completed a minor sequence of four topics in any foreign language (including TESOL) in first and second/third year level over a minimum of two years' of full-time equivalent higher education study or (b) have one years' full-time equivalent teaching experience in any foreign language in a school or approved institution by the commencement date of the course.
Work and Life
Applicants may apply based on one years' full-time equivalent teaching experience in any foreign language in a school or approved institution by the commencement date of the course in addition to a bachelor degree or equivalent qualification.
English Proficiency Requirements
Flinders University conducts an English Language proficiency check on applications submitted for consideration to its courses.
This will be met in a number of ways, including if the applicants:
- first language is English (i.e. citizenship is held for a country where English is the official language)
- completed secondary schooling in Australia
- completed prior study in English (e.g. a Certificate IV or higher from a recognised Australian training institution)
- completed one semester of full-time equivalent tertiary study at a higher education institution
- completed a recognised Foundation Studies or bridging program
- performance in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) meets the University's admissions requirements
- registered with an Australian professional registration body relevant to the applicant's proposed course (e.g. applicant holds current registration as a Registered Nurse, General Practitioner, Teacher, Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Social Worker and such in Australia)
- achieved a score within an international English language proficiency test such as IELTS, PTE, TOEFL or Cambridge CAE that meets the minimum proficiency for the university
- completed an approved English language course from a registered English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS) Provider
In some instances, applicants may be asked to provide evidence they meet the requirements if the information required is not available in their application.
Credit transfer may be granted, on application, for prior study completed in a relevant honours, graduate certificate, graduate diploma or master degree; accredited professional development; or relevant work experience.
Applications for credit transfer are assessed on a case by case basis according to Flinders University policies. Students must be made an offer for entry into a degree before lodging their completed credit transfer application, along with all necessary documentation for formal assessment. More information is available at www.flinders.edu.au/credit
The postgraduate languages education program is the only one of its kind currently offered in South Australia. As it is non-language specific, it will enable you to gain broad perspectives in the field of languages education, as well as allow you in-depth exploration of its theory and practice. Can you help languages students change their motivational states? What is going on when students are trying to learn new vocabulary or understand how a language works? What can support flipped classroom approach in languages education? How can technology enhance language learning? These are some of the questions that are addressed in the languages education specialisation.
The postgraduate courses in languages education are designed to meet the increasing demand for professional development of current teachers and other professionals. They are not designed to be an initial preparation for teaching and do not lead to teacher registration. Graduates are suitable for careers in a variety of positions ranging from work as teachers in school classrooms, school coordinators and principals, curriculum and policy advisers in departments of education, and as advisers to government and other policy makers.
It is 2 years in length on a full-time basis and can also be undertaken part-time.
Recommended Study Pattern
Students are required to undertake study in seven compulsory subjects and nine elective subjects chosen from a range of electives available and aimed at providing students with the opportunity to critically examine recent literature, engage in debate and reflection, and expand and apply in-depth knowledge of policies and practices in curriculum, pedagogy and assessment with a focus in language education.
As a guide, full-time students generally undertake four subjects per semester and part-time students undertake two subjects per semester.
To complete the requirements of the Master of Education (Languages Education) (Basic level entry), students must successfully complete seven core (compulsory) subjects and nine elective subjects chosen from an extensive range of electives.