This course is suitable for a wide range of professionals, educators or prospective educators working in English language teaching in international or local contexts and leads to a postgraduate qualification in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). It prepares you as a language teacher, for a wide range of professional contexts in Australia and internationally, who is able to operate with confidence in a changing and increasingly 'internationalised' world.
This course helps you understand the connections between theory and practice and the importance of developing strong principles of evidence-based practice in English language teaching and learning.
Note: This course does not provide a recognised initial teaching qualification. If you are seeking an initial teaching qualification, refer to the information on the Faculty of Education's Master of TeachingMaster of Teaching (http://www.study.monash/courses/find-a-course/2018/teaching-d6001?id=429176) course.
These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate Attributes (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/alignmentofoutcomes.html).
Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that you will be able to:
- develop your understanding of core principles of language teaching and learning for TESOL classrooms
- engage with current theory and practice for additional language acquisition and pedagogy
- examine the role of social and cultural contexts in language learning and use
- develop competence in a range of key areas in additional language acquisition, including content-based learning, curriculum development and assessment
- develop critical and analytical skills in discussing relevant and substantive research in the field
- extend disciplinary learning and applied research skills in a professional project
- demonstrate competence in communicating ideas in an academic context.
The course is structured in four parts: Part A. Orientation to education, Part B. Key constructs in education, Part C. Enhanced professional learning and Part D. Professional inquiry. Depending upon prior qualifications, you may receive credit for Part A, and for some units from other parts.
Note: If you are eligible for credit for prior studies you may elect not to receive the credit and complete one of the higher credit-point options.
Part A. Orientation to education
These studies will introduce you to contemporary issues in the study of education. They are intended for students who come into the course without previous qualifications in education or work experience in education-related fields. You will engage with academic traditions and scholarly practices in the field of education at the postgraduate level, become acquainted with a broad range of debates across education contexts and develop an understanding of the complexities in the field.
Part B. Key constructs in education
These studies present key theoretical frames to understand ideas and research conducted across a broad theme of significance in the study of education. The themes offered include learners and learning, curriculum, pedagogy and assessment, education and work, sustainability and inclusion, from which you will choose one or two. You will engage with research that responds to the themes you choose and as a result, advance your capacity to apply scholarly concepts in education more broadly.
Part C. Enhanced professional learning
These studies will deepen your knowledge of particular ideas and practices in TESOL, build your skills and address professional issues. They include consideration of language culture and curriculum, bilingualism, and the development of pedagogy and monitoring of learning in TESOL. Taken together, these knowledge and skills will develop your expertise to be applied across your learning and work contexts.
Part D. Professional inquiry
The focus of these studies is professional inquiry. You will address the challenges and opportunities of using and evaluating research evidence in professional practice. This will include engagement in professional practice to develop and upgrade the practical skills you need to function as effective teachers of TESOL in a variety of contexts. This may include an independent research dimension requiring the knowledge and application of research principles.
The course comprises 96 points structured into four parts: Part A. Orientation to education (24 points), Part B. Key constructs in education (12 or 24 points), Part C. Enhanced professional learning (24 or 36 points) and Part D. Professional inquiry (12 or 24 points).
If you are admitted at:
- entry level 1 you complete 96 points (8 units), comprising Part A (2 units), Part B (1 or 2 units), Part C (3 units) and Part D (1 or 2 units*).
- entry level 2 you complete 72 points (6 units), comprising units from Part B (1 or 2 units), Part C (3 units) and Part D (1 or 2 units*).
- entry level 3 you complete 48 points (4 units), comprising units from Part B (1 unit), Part C (2 units) and Part D (1 unit*).
The course progression mapcourse progression map (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2018handbooks/maps/map-d6005.pdf) will assist you to plan to meet the course requirements, and guidance on unit enrolment for each semester of study.
Units are 12 credit points unless otherwise stated.
Part A. Orientation to education (24 points)
You must complete:
- EDF4610 Interacting with research in education contexts
- EDF4611 Investigating education issues in global contexts
Part B. Key constructs in education (12 or 24 points)
You must complete one or two units from the following:
- EDF5620 Leading education and work
- EDF5621 Challenging curriculum, pedagogy and assessment
- EDF5622 Developing learners and learning
- EDF5623 Deepening education and sustainability
Part C. Enhanced professional learning (24 or 36 points)
You must complete:
- EDF5641 Pedagogy and assessment in TESOL
and one or two units from the following:
- EDF5640 Language, culture and curriculum
- EDF5642 Bilingualism and content-based programs
Part D. Professional inquiry (12 or 24 points)
You must complete a. or b. below.
a. The following unit:
- EDF5696 Professional practice for teachers of TESOL
and, if only one unit is completed in Part B, one of the following units:
- EDF5691 Professional project
- EDF5693 Using and evaluating research evidence
- EDF5694 Taking a stand in education debates
- EDF5695 Self-study as professional inquiry
- EDF5814 Creative research approaches
b. An alternative research pathway is available if you achieve a weighted average mark of at least 70 per cent in the units of this course. This is not available at the point of entry, however if you commence at entry level 1 or 2 and are interested in this possibility you must make space to pursue two units of professional inquiry by only taking one unit in Part B. If you commence at entry level 3 and are interested in a research pathway you should contact the student adviser to discuss options immediately after completing your first two units (with at least a 70 per cent average).
If you are invited into this pathway you complete the following two units:
- EDF5613 Research approaches in education
- EDF5614 Research project in education
You may exit this course early and apply to graduate with the following, provided you have satisfied the requirements for that award during your enrolment in this master's course:
- Graduate Certificate of Education Studies after successful completion of 24 points of study
- Graduate Diploma of Education Studies after successful completion of 48 points of study.
Note: These awards do not qualify graduates to be registered or employed as teachers.
Progression to further studies
If you are invited to complete EDF5613 (Research approaches in education) and EDF5614 (Research project in education) you may apply for admission to a graduate research course if you meet the following requirements:
- Graduates who achieve a weighted average mark of at least 70 per cent and a minimum mark of 70 per cent in EDF5613 and EDF5614 may apply for admission to 0079 Doctor of Philosophy.
- Graduates who achieve a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent and a minimum mark of 65 per cent in EDF5613 and EDF5614 may apply for admission to 3204 Master of Education and may receive up to 24 points of credit towards the coursework requirement.