Indigenous Languages Education

Indigenous Languages Education

Master of Education (Indigenous Languages Education)

Students must complete 48 credit points, including:
(a) 24 credit points of core units of study
(b) 24 credit points of elective units of study.

Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies (Indigenous Languages Education)

Students must complete 36 credit points, including:
(a) 24 credit points of core units of study, and
(b) 12 credit points of elective units of study.

Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Indigenous Languages Education)

Students must complete 24 credit points, including:
(a) 24 credit points of core units of study

Core units

KCIL5610 Sounds and Writing in Indigenous Languages

Credit points: 6 Session: Intensive January Classes: Block Mode Corequisites: KCIL5611 and KCIL5612 Assessment: phonetics (20%) and phonology (30%) and exam (40%) and orthography (10%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Block mode
Note: Available to students enrolled in block-mode courses only.
The study of any language requires an understanding of its sounds and the ways in which they relate to each other so that they can be written down. This unit of study introduces students to the production, perception and classification of speech sounds and their organisation into meaningful systems with particular reference to Indigenous Australian languages. It also provides an understanding of the development of writing systems and contemporary approaches to Australian orthography design.
KCIL5611 Words and Meanings in Indigenous Languages

Credit points: 6 Session: Intensive January Classes: Block mode Corequisites: KCIL5610 and KCIL5612 Assessment: language analysis exercises (30%) and exam (30%) and learner's guide (40%). Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Block mode
Note: Available to students enrolled in block-mode courses only.
Words are the principal vehicles for conveying meaning in most languages. This unit of study gives students a foundation in the description of meaning and the structure and function of words with particular reference to Indigenous Australian languages. It also provides students with the skills to classify words and their component parts and describe the ways in which they combine sound and meaning to make verbal communication possible.
KCIL5612 Sentences and Text in Indigenous Languages

Credit points: 6 Session: Intensive January Classes: Block Mode Corequisites: KCIL5610 and KCIL5611 Assessment: in-class activities (10%) and exam (30%) and between block tasks/handbook (60%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Block mode
Note: Available to students enrolled in block-mode courses only.
Sentences and texts are the major units of human language. This unit of study provides students with the understanding and skills to describe these longer strings of language and make generalisations about them. It also considers the relationships between the many varieties of Australian languages that occur for different purposes, in different places and at different times.
KCIL5613 Theories and Methods in Language Learning

Credit points: 6 Session: Intensive January Classes: Block Mode Assessment: community language learning case study (25%) and lesson observation and analysis (30%) and micro-teaching (20%) and resource development (25%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Block mode
Note: Available to students enrolled in block-mode courses only.
This unit of study introduces students to theories of language acquisition and to methods employed in effective language teaching. It provides students with the foundations to successfully choose from a range of different approaches and strategies that will best cater to the teaching of Indigenous languages in revitalisation contexts. It will include methods used in the teaching of the macro (listening, speaking, reading and writing) and micro skills; determining teacher and learner roles; and effective language lesson planning. The unit will provide students with the skills to assess present and prospective teaching and learning and implement constructive changes in their own language contexts

Elective units

Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Languages Education
KCIL5622 Learning an Indigenous Language

This unit of study is not available in 2020

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: John Hobson Session: Intensive July Classes: Block Mode Prerequisites: 18 credit points, including KCIL5613 Prohibitions: KCIL5621 Assessment: critical analysis and reflective journal x 5000wd Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Block mode
Note: Available to students enrolled in block-mode courses only.
In order to teach an Indigenous language it is essential that the teacher has greater fluency than their students. This unit of study provides an opportunity for students to undertake study outside the degree program to develop their ability to speak an Australian language. Students may access courses offered by the University of Sydney, another tertiary institution, a TAFE college, school, community language centre, or similar. To obtain credit under this unit of study the external studies must be equivalent to 36 hours of face-to-face teaching and satisfy MILE staff regarding its standard and thoroughness. Students who are already fluent or cannot access an external unit in a language of their choosing should undertake KCIL5621 Research Project in Indigenous Languages as a means to enhance their skills.
KCIL5623 Language Curriculum Development

Credit points: 6 Session: Intensive July Classes: Block Mode Prerequisites: 18 credit points, including KCIL5613 Assessment: situation and needs analysis (20%) and test (20%) and teaching program (40%) and assessing language competency (20%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Block mode
Note: Available to students enrolled in block-mode courses only.
Preceding any successful formal teaching or learning situation is effective programming and planning determined by curriculum parameters. Language curriculum development involves more than just the content to be taught in any given teaching situation. It involves establishing goals and outcomes often defined by external organisations; performing ongoing needs analysis of learning and teaching situations; programming and planning against external and internal factors; designing programs that best address all factors; choosing and designing resources; and determining appropriate assessment and evaluation procedures. The goal of this unit is to examine these issues against authentic situations and apply knowledge gained towards developing effective language curriculum for quality teaching in Indigenous languages education contexts and across all key learning areas.
KCIL5624 Technology and Language Learning

Credit points: 6 Session: Intensive July Classes: Block Mode Corequisites: KCIL5623 Assessment: essay (30%) and evaluations (30%) and resources (40%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Block mode
Note: Available to students enrolled in block-mode courses only.
Learners no longer acquire knowledge by means of the written word and the pen alone. Technology and multimedia play a large role in people's lives and facilitate language use in many and diverse forms. This unit demonstrates how technology can be effectively used in the contemporary language classroom to enhance the proficiency of second language learners across all the macro skills. It introduces students to technology that will provide them with the basic skills to design their own materials and to develop multimedia materials and sites that can be adapted or modified for their own classroom use.
Master of Indigenous Languages Education
KCIL5620 Research Methods in Languages Education

Credit points: 6 Session: Intensive July Classes: Block Mode Prerequisites: 18 credit points, including KCIL5613 Assessment: literature review (20%); research project rationale and outline (20%) and draft research project presentation and proposal (40%) and final research project with test instrument (20%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Block mode
Note: Available to students enrolled in block-mode courses only.
Conducting research in the teaching of Australian languages requires an understanding of diverse issues, including: languages education research methods, the history of research on Indigenous people and languages, locating existing records, practical techniques for obtaining and managing data, project planning, Indigenous research ethics and community consultation. It is also important for students to understand the role of research in high-quality teaching and to gain experience in a range of research methodologies and their potential for application to likely teaching situations in this field. This unit of study allows students to explore these issues and develop practical skills that will allow them to become effective researchers in Indigenous languages education. Students will be expected to directly apply their learning in this unit of study to their activities in KCIL5621 Research Project in Languages Education or KCIL5622 Learning an Indigenous Language.
KCIL5623 Language Curriculum Development

Credit points: 6 Session: Intensive July Classes: Block Mode Prerequisites: 18 credit points, including KCIL5613 Assessment: situation and needs analysis (20%) and test (20%) and teaching program (40%) and assessing language competency (20%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Block mode
Note: Available to students enrolled in block-mode courses only.
Preceding any successful formal teaching or learning situation is effective programming and planning determined by curriculum parameters. Language curriculum development involves more than just the content to be taught in any given teaching situation. It involves establishing goals and outcomes often defined by external organisations; performing ongoing needs analysis of learning and teaching situations; programming and planning against external and internal factors; designing programs that best address all factors; choosing and designing resources; and determining appropriate assessment and evaluation procedures. The goal of this unit is to examine these issues against authentic situations and apply knowledge gained towards developing effective language curriculum for quality teaching in Indigenous languages education contexts and across all key learning areas.
KCIL5624 Technology and Language Learning

Credit points: 6 Session: Intensive July Classes: Block Mode Corequisites: KCIL5623 Assessment: essay (30%) and evaluations (30%) and resources (40%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Block mode
Note: Available to students enrolled in block-mode courses only.
Learners no longer acquire knowledge by means of the written word and the pen alone. Technology and multimedia play a large role in people's lives and facilitate language use in many and diverse forms. This unit demonstrates how technology can be effectively used in the contemporary language classroom to enhance the proficiency of second language learners across all the macro skills. It introduces students to technology that will provide them with the basic skills to design their own materials and to develop multimedia materials and sites that can be adapted or modified for their own classroom use.

Capstone units

KCIL5621 Research Project in Languages Education

Credit points: 6 Session: Intensive July Classes: Block mode Corequisites: KCIL5620 Prohibitions: KCIL5622 Assessment: Research project report x 5,000 words Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Block mode
Note: Available to students enrolled in block-mode courses only.
Although some Indigenous Australian languages have undergone substantial documentation and are currently being taught, many are in great need of further research and all require more investigation. This unit of study provides students with an opportunity to exercise the skills and knowledge provided in the course to generate new knowledge about particular languages and their teaching. The content and nature of tasks completed in this unit of study will vary depending on existing research and students' abilities and experience in chosen languages, and will be subject to negotiation between students and lecturer on an individual basis. However, all students will be required to base their research in their own teaching of Indigenous languages in a school, TAFE, university, language centre or similar setting.
KCIL5622 Learning an Indigenous Language

This unit of study is not available in 2020

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: John Hobson Session: Intensive July Classes: Block Mode Prerequisites: 18 credit points, including KCIL5613 Prohibitions: KCIL5621 Assessment: critical analysis and reflective journal x 5000wd Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Block mode
Note: Available to students enrolled in block-mode courses only.
In order to teach an Indigenous language it is essential that the teacher has greater fluency than their students. This unit of study provides an opportunity for students to undertake study outside the degree program to develop their ability to speak an Australian language. Students may access courses offered by the University of Sydney, another tertiary institution, a TAFE college, school, community language centre, or similar. To obtain credit under this unit of study the external studies must be equivalent to 36 hours of face-to-face teaching and satisfy MILE staff regarding its standard and thoroughness. Students who are already fluent or cannot access an external unit in a language of their choosing should undertake KCIL5621 Research Project in Indigenous Languages as a means to enhance their skills.