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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 First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $868.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,656.70

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LING 111
Schedule C
Arts and Music
May not be credited together with LING 220 passed in 2004 or 2005.
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.
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.
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.
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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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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


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


Stream Days Times Weeks
T1 Wednesday 12:00-12:50 10-13, 15-16, 18-22