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LING231 Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages

A theoretical and practical introduction to the teaching of English to speakers of other languages.

The paper provides a broad overview of second-language teaching. It covers the teaching of the four domains of language - reading, writing, speaking and listening - within a task-based teaching framework and includes lectures on teaching grammar and vocabulary. It introduces students to the teaching of absolute beginners and covers the teaching of students at all levels of competence in a second language. It also deals with lesson planning and cross-cultural issues and examines effective teaching and the characteristics of good language learners.

Paper title Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages
Paper code LING231
Subject Linguistics
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $851.85
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,585.00

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Prerequisite
LING 111
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Notes
May not be credited together with LING 220 passed in 2004 or 2005.
Course outline
General course outline (provisional):
  • Course week one: English as an international language; bilingualism
  • Course week two: Non-native speakers as ESL teachers; students' reasons for learning English; levels of instruction; lesson planning - the basics. Tutorial - Ice-breakers
  • Course week three: Brief overview of basic concepts in second language (L2) acquisition and teaching. Tutorial - Using themes; lesson beginnings - activating background knowledge
  • Course week four: Approaches, methods, procedures and techniques; communicative language teaching; presentation, practice and production (PPP); task-based learning. Tutorial - Using games in the classroom
  • Course week five: Teaching beginners; materials; text selection (including barriers to comprehension) and authentic, simplified texts vs simple texts. Tutorial - Tasks
  • Course week six: Prescriptive and descriptive grammar; communicative competence; teaching grammar. Tutorial - Teaching beginners
  • Course week seven: Effective teaching. Tutorial - Teaching language with tasks; micro-teaching
  • Course week eight: Learner differences; the good language learner. Tutorial - Learner differences and learning styles; micro-teaching
  • Course week nine: Cross-cultural and inter-cultural communication. Tutorial - Tasks to promote cross-cultural awareness; micro-teaching
  • Course week ten: Teaching reading. Tutorial-Teaching reading; micro-teaching
  • Course week eleven: Teaching writing: process and product. Tutorial - Teaching writing; micro-teaching
  • Course week twelve: Integrating the four domains - speaking, reading, writing, listening. Tutorial - Group and pair work; micro-teaching
  • Course week thirteen: Teaching vocabulary; course review and evaluation. Tutorial - Teaching vocabulary and integrating domains; micro-teaching
Paper Structure
Lectures expose students to relevant topics in theories and research, which inform the practical methodology of TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages). In addition, students are guided in the application of this knowledge in teaching situations. Weekly tutorials provide opportunities for students to discuss material dealt with in lectures, to practise and develop their own teaching skills by engaging in micro-teaching and to observe and learn from the teaching of other students.
Assignments include a co-operative project for which students are able to choose a topic from a variety designed for different learning styles. Assignments include journals of weekly reading.
Eligibility
Required for students taking the TESOL minor and the Graduate Diploma in Second Language Teaching. Suitable for all students who are interested in teaching English as a second or foreign language. LING111 is a prerequisite for this course.
Contact
moyra.sweetnam@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Dr Moyra Sweetnam Evans
Teaching Arrangements
One 2-hour lecture and one 1-hour tutorial per week.
Textbooks
Harmer, Jeremy. (2007). The Practice of English Language Teaching. 4th Ed. Pearson Longman.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  • Knowledge of task-based language learning and teaching; of how to teach reading, writing, speaking, listening, grammar and vocabulary; and of how to integrate all of these
  • Knowledge of what makes a good second-language learner, a good second-language teacher and a well-planned and well-executed second-language lesson and the skills to put this knowledge into practice
  • Cross-cultural sensitivity and knowledge of other cultures relevant to second-language teaching

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 12:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Wednesday 12:00-12:50 29-34, 36-41
T2 Friday 11:00-11:50 29-34, 36-41

A theoretical and practical introduction to the teaching of English to speakers of other languages.

The paper provides a broad overview of second-language teaching. It covers the teaching of the four domains of language - reading, writing, speaking and listening - within a task-based teaching framework and includes lectures on teaching grammar and vocabulary. It introduces students to the teaching of absolute beginners and covers the teaching of students at all levels of competence in a second language. It also deals with lesson planning and cross-cultural issues and examines effective teaching and the characteristics of good language learners.

Paper title Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages
Paper code LING231
Subject Linguistics
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
LING 111
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Notes
May not be credited together with LING 220 passed in 2004 or 2005.
Eligibility
Required for students taking the TESOL minor and the Graduate Diploma in Second Language Teaching. Suitable for all students who are interested in teaching English as a second or foreign language. LING 111 is a prerequisite for this course.
Contact
moyra.sweetnam@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Dr Moyra Sweetnam Evans
Paper Structure
Lectures expose students to relevant topics in theories and research, which inform the practical methodology of TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages). In addition, students are guided in the application of this knowledge in teaching situations. Weekly tutorials provide opportunities for students to discuss material dealt with in lectures, to practise and develop their own teaching skills by engaging in micro-teaching and to observe and learn from the teaching of other students.
Assignments include a co-operative project for which students are able to choose a topic from a variety designed for different learning styles, and also include journals of weekly readings.
Teaching Arrangements
One 2-hour lecture and one 1-hour tutorial per week.
Textbooks
Harmer, Jeremy. (2015). The Practice of English Language Teaching. 5th Ed. Pearson Longman.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  • Knowledge of task-based language learning and teaching; of how to teach reading, writing, speaking, listening, grammar and vocabulary; and of how to integrate all of these
  • Knowledge of what makes a good second-language learner, a good second-language teacher and a well-planned and well-executed second-language lesson and the skills to put this knowledge into practice
  • Cross-cultural sensitivity and knowledge of other cultures relevant to second-language teaching
Course outline
The course outline may be obtained by emailing Dr Moyra Sweetnam Evans.

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 12:00-13:50 9-13, 15-22

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Wednesday 12:00-12:50 10-13, 15-16, 18-22
T2 Friday 11:00-11:50 10-12, 15-22