Leading Learning in Multilingual Contexts
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- apply knowledge of cultural and linguistic awareness to understand and assess educational environments and public contexts
- evaluate resources and pedagogical approaches that support cultural and linguistic sustainability
- examine research-based pedagogies in relation to cultural and linguistic sustainability
- incorporate research to design culturally and linguistically sustaining learning environments
- Raising cultural and linguistic awareness to enable inclusivity
- Getting to know learners and how they learn: Researching EAL/D students’ cultural and linguistic practices in the mainstream.
- Developing effective pedagogies and strategies for teaching EAL/D students alongside English as a first language speakers in mainstream subjects.
In order to enrol in this subject, you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:
No additional requirements
The subject offers students opportunities to consider what it means to lead learning in culturally and linguistically sustaining environments. These types of environments are commonplace in Australia and include individuals from multicultural and multilingual backgrounds. While this subject focuses on classroom contexts, it will also inform leadership practices in other environments consisting of individuals from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. A central premise of the unit is that sustaining environments are collaborative and include pedagogies which emerge from the capabilities of individuals. In particular, the subject aims to raise critical awareness of cultural and linguistic inclusivity in multilingual/multicultural spaces, show students how to get to know learners in their contexts through ethnographic and action research, and, with those understandings, learn to develop pedagogies and strategies for teaching English as an Additional Language/Dialect (EAL/D) to students in mainstream classes. This is achieved through three main modules of learning, formal assessments which connect with the community, and non-assessed tasks, which build capacity and scaffold learning.
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- Case study of a learning setting or workplace (50%)
- A program for creating a culturally and linguistically sustainable learning environment (50%)