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LING231 TESOL: Guide to Language Teaching

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A theoretical and practical introduction to second language teaching methods, strategies, materials and contexts. Students also engage in micro-teaching.

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 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 TESOL: Guide to Language Teaching
Paper code LING231
Subject Linguistics
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $913.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,073.40

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54 100-level points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
May not be credited together with LING220 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 a second or foreign language.


Teaching staff

Dr Minh Nguyen

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 tutorial preparation, a project for which students are able to choose a topic from a variety designed for different learning styles, and also include a reflective journal.

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.
Course outline

The course outline may be obtained from the English and Linguistics reception.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will gain

  • 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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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Tuesday 10:00-11:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Wednesday 12:00-12:50 11, 13, 15-16, 18-21
T2 Tuesday 12:00-12:50 11, 13, 15-16, 18-21