Course Outline

EDU746 Teaching Senior Secondary Languages

Course Coordinator:Peter Grainger ( School:School of Education and Tertiary Access

2022Semester 2


Online You can do this course without coming onto campus.

Please go to the USC website for up to date information on the
teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


In this course, you will develop specialised knowledge and skills for implementing the Queensland Senior Secondary Languages curriculum. You will learn how to design lesson plans and learning sequences that will engage diverse learners. You will explore and evaluate a range of pedagogy, assessment and reporting strategies that maximise learning outcomes for senior students, including developing strategies for supporting literacy, numeracy and ICT learning within Languages.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Learning materials – You are required to engage with associated activities and required/recommended course reading materials accessed through Canvas 2hrs Week 1 10 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – A mix of synchronous and asynchronous materials and activities accessible through Canvas. This course will be supported by technology-enabled learning and teaching. 2hrs Week 1 10 times

Course Topics

Course topics
• Pedagogical Content Knowledge: Languages
• Secondary Curriculum Frameworks in Languages Learning Area senior phase
• Communicative Language Teaching Methods
• Cross-cultural, Asian and Indigenous perspectives
• Intercultural understanding
• Requirements for senior assessment and reporting in Languages
• Integration of resources, including information and communication technologies (ICT) into Languages
• Strategies for differentiating teaching to meet the specific learning needs of students

What level is this course?

700 Level (Specialised)

Demonstrating a specialised body of knowledge and set of skills for professional practice or further learning. Advanced application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Mapping Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming... Professional Standard Mapping * Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership
1 Demonstrate deep knowledge of content and pedagogy for senior secondary Language curriculum in Queensland, and identify professional learning goals in a specific curriculum area. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 4.1, 4.2, 4.5, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.5
2 Design and implement masterful teaching and learning strategies, including ICT, that support the diversity of learners engaged in senior secondary languages learning. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 4.5
3 Reflect on and evaluate senior secondary Language curriculum design and implementation with a focus on how students learn. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.6
4 Apply the principles of assessment and moderation that measure and report on senior students' progress in Languages. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
5, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.5

* Competencies by Professional Body

Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership
2 Know the content and how to teach it
2.1 Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area
2.2 Content selection and organisation
2.3 Curriculum, assessment and reporting
2.4 Understand and respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to promote reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians
2.5 Literacy and numeracy strategies
2.6 Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
3 Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
3.1 Establish challenging learning goals
3.2 Plan, structure and sequence learning programs
3.3 Use teaching strategies
3.4 Select and use resources
3.5 Use effective classroom communication
3.6 Evaluate and improve teaching programs
4.1 Support student participation
4.2 Manage classroom activities
4.5 Use ICT safely, responsibly and ethically
5 Assess, provide feedback and report on student learning
5.1 Assess student learning
5.2 Provide feedback to students on their learning
5.3 Make consistent and comparable judgements
5.5 Report on student achievement

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the USC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


Enrolled in Program ED706 and a Languages Teaching area


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

It is expected that you will engage in this course when you have undertaken tertiary content courses in the teaching area allocated upon acceptance to the program of study. You will be required to draw upon that content knowledge to complete this course.

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

Early feedback will be provided during workshops

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Quiz/zes Individual 10%
20 minutes
Week 3 Online Test (Quiz)
All 2 Oral and Written Piece Individual 40%
Oral: 10 minutes
Written: 2000 words with references
Week 6 Online Submission
All 3 Written Piece Individual 50%
The artefacts will be supported by a written justification of 2500 words, supported by relevant referencing to justify choices. The artefacts are not included in the word count.
Week 10 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:On line quiz
The goal of this task is to develop your understanding of the QCAA developed Senior curriculum syllabus for Languages
Product: Quiz/zes
You will be answering a series of questions in relation to the key components of the syllabus, including aims and objectives, rationale, assessment, as well as the key structures and organisation of the syllabus.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Knowledge and understanding of senior secondary curriculum content and pedagogical knowledge.
1 2 3
All - Assessment Task 2:Advocacy video with written summary
The goal of this task is to develop your ability to 'sell' your subject in a secondary school setting such as a subject selection evening.
Product: Oral and Written Piece
You must explain key aspects of the syllabus, especially assessment, as well as the benefits of taking an additional Language and specific reasons why your target Language should be studied by students at Senior Secondary.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Applied knowledge and understanding of senior secondary curriculum content and pedagogy to meet the needs of learners.
1 2 3
Knowledge and understanding of the benefits of learning an additional Language including your target Language
1 2 3
Use of credible evidence and sources.
1 2 3 4
Written communication skills and academic literacies including English expression grammar, spelling, punctuation and APA referencing conventions.
1 2 3 4
Oral communication skills
1 2 3
All - Assessment Task 3:Formative assessment artefact
The goal of this task is for you to create a formative assessment artefact for a QCAA senior Languages syllabus.
Product: Written Piece
Conceptualise an authentic assessment task for Languages, develop a learning sequence, create a task sheet for students and write an accompanying ISMG based on Syllabus Unit 1 or 2 and aligned to a summative assessment task and a corresponding formal ISMG for units 3 and 4
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Knowledge and understanding of the senior syllabus for your target Language
1 2 3 4
Written communication skills
1 2 3 4
Use of sources to justify decisions
1 2 3 4

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Directed study hours may vary by location. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

There are no required/recommended resources for this course.

Specific requirements

It is expected that all students have access to electronic devices and suitable internet access to engage with the course materials. To engage in the fieldwork in senior secondary classrooms students will be required to have a Blue Card.

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Eligibility for Supplementary Assessment

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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