Internal Code: MAS5627
This subject is intended to further your knowledge, skills and strategies in identifying and responding to the diverse literacy needs of second language learners of all ages and levels. The subject is a blend of theory and practice, allowing you to consolidate and apply the understandings gained during the course. In order to bring those understandings to life, you will be asked to relate your study to the learning program of a particular group of students. This application will give you an opportunity to go beyond the theoretical and see the implications for practice. If you are already teaching, you may wish to concentrate on a current group of students. If you are doing the practicum in conjunction with this subject, you could focus on your practicum group. If you are not currently teaching, it is strongly recommended that you find a context where you can observe an ESOL program in action or at least where you can observe second language learners (whether at primary/elementary or high school, an intensive English centre, at a university or TAFE, at an ELICOS centre, in the workplace, or elsewhere. You might even volunteer to tutor a learner in an informal arrangement simply to acquire the experience.
1. Show an understanding of current research and issues in the field of teaching and learning second language literacy inclusive of critical literacy perspectives.
2. Describe the relationships between first and second language literacies
3. Be familiar with multimodal approaches to second language literacy development
4. Demonstrate an ability to identify and assist ESL/EFL students with various types of literacy difficulties, using a repertoire of different teaching strategies;
5. Design a literacy learning program for a particular learner group which draws upon multimodal literacy pedagogy and design, and
integrates the macro skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.
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