EML510 Language Learning Theories and Perspectives (8)

This subject introduces the major language and language development theories informing TESOL practices, approaches, and methods. This subject considers the importance of context for language development. It also explores recent developments in language learning theory that influence TESOL practice including power relations, identity, digitisation, and globalisation.


Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EML510. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Teacher Education

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe language as a meaning making system;
  • be able to understand various language learning theories and perspectives, including their historical origins;
  • be able to be aware of various critiques on key language learning theories and perspectives; and,
  • be able to evaluate current language learning issues, phenomena, or practices drawing upon varied language learning theories and perspectives.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Language as a meaning making system
  • First and second language learning theories and perspectives
  • Key concepts in second language learning
  • Current issues in second language learning

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of EML510 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Learner and learning experience
Critical construction

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.