EDUC3143

Language and Cultural Diversity

10 Units

This course examines the multifaceted relationship between language, culture, and identity, exploring the complex theoretical and practical implications for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) professionals. Concepts of culture and Intercultural Communicative Competence (ICC) will be critiqued, and the implications of `world Englishes’ for the secondary classroom will be discussed. The course will also consider the cultural diversity inherent to the English as an Additional Language / Dialect (EAL/D) student population, examining issues pertinent to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners, students with refugee, asylum seeker, and migrant backgrounds, international students, and `Generation 1.5’ learners. Practical strategies for helping learners engage critically with cultural content across the secondary curriculum, and a range of approaches for enhancing cultural and linguistic inclusivity in schools, will also be explored.

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Education
Availability

Not currently offered

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. articulate the complex relationship between languages, cultures, and identities
  2. critique various concepts of culture, cultural diversity, and Intercultural Communicative Competence (ICC)
  3. understand the inherently political nature of TESOL and consider powerful ways in which EAL/D learner identities are often constructed and/or constrained in the classroom and broader educational sector
  4. identify the impact of culture on attitudes and approaches to languages learning, classroom communication, notions of authority, assessment practices, and peer learning.
  5. differentiate instruction according to linguistic and cultural context to meet the needs of all students, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners, students with refugee, asylum seeker, and migrant backgrounds, international students, and `Generation 1.5’ learners.
  6. identify and scaffold learner engagement with cultural content across the curriculum
  7. articulate the need to recognise and celebrate cultural diversity in the classroom and wider schooling environment
Content
  • Problematising notions of culture, cultural diversity, and identifying the ideological, pragmatic, and social aspects of linguistic and cultural diversity.
  • Understanding ‘World Englishes’ and their implications for TESOL.
  • Intercultural Communicative Competence (ICC) and cultural diversity in the National Curriculum.
  • Unpacking sociocultural perspectives embedded within curricular content.
  • Scaffolding learner engagement with target culture content while valuing and encouraging the expression of the student’s home/first culture in the classroom.
  • Understanding the diversity of linguistic and cultural experiences of EAL/D student groups including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners, students with refugee, asylum seeker, and migrant backgrounds, international students, and ‘Generation 1.5’ learners.
Requisites
  • Enrolment in this course is dependent on meeting the teacher education admission milestone of successful completion of - Three HSC band 5s (including one in English) or - 80 units of UoN courses or - Regulatory authority approved comparable pathways or - Commencement in the program pre 2016
Assumed Knowledge EDUC1101, EDUC1143
Assessment Items
  • Written Assignment: Learner Profile
  • Written Assignment: Content Analysis
  • Written Assignment: Resource Development

Contact Hours Not currently offered
Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for EDUC3143
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