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LING331 Advanced TESOL: Branching Out

2021 information for papers will be published in early September. 

Guided, collaborative examinations of pertinent issues in student-presented sessions, focusing on student needs, motivation, teaching grammar, teacher and learner actions in the classroom, lesson planning, assessment and technology use.

Knowledge and skills acquired in LING 231 are developed in this advanced TESOL paper. Topics include: classroom management, classroom resources and materials, classroom dynamics, teacher actions in the classroom, learner actions in the classroom, needs analysis, project-based learning, assessment, using computers and technology in the second-language classroom, teaching grammar, teaching reading and teaching writing.

Paper title Advanced TESOL: Branching Out
Paper code LING331
Subject Linguistics
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $904.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,954.75

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Pre or Corequisite
LING 231
Schedule C
Arts and Music

Suitable for students taking the TESOL minor and the Graduate Diploma in Second Language Teaching and other students interested in teaching a second or foreign language. It is recommended that students taking the TESOL minor also take LING 332 (TESOL practicum).  LING231 is a prequisite or co-requisite for this course.


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Teaching staff

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Paper Structure

This interactive paper covers practical issues in the teaching of English as a second language. In this paper, students present the course material (in pairs or groups of three) to their peers each week, starting in the third week of the semester. Guidance and materials are provided, and after each hour of student teaching, the lecturer provides an hour of follow up. These presentations are observed and evaluated by the lecturer each week. Peer feedback is provided via Blackboard. Collaboration is encouraged in these presentations and also in the assignments, which include a co-operative project. Assignments include peer- and self-evaluation, journals of weekly reading, lecture presentations and the construction of a teaching statement.

Teaching Arrangements

One 2-hour lecture and one 1-hour tutorial per week.

H. Douglas Brown and Heekyeong Lee (2015). Teaching by principles. 4th edition. Pearson Education.

Recommended: Tessa Woodward. (2002). Planning Lessons and Courses. Cambridge Handbooks for Language Teachers
Course outline

The course outline may be obtained from the reception.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
  • Advanced second-language teaching skills
  • Theoretical and practical knowledge of:
    • Task-based learning and teaching
    • Project-based learning
    • Grammar teaching and learning
    • Vocabulary teaching and learning
    • Classroom management
    • Classroom interaction
    • Materials design
    • Assessment
    • CALL and
    • Teaching the four domains (reading, writing, listening and speaking)

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


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


Stream Days Times Weeks
T1 Monday 10:00-10:50 29, 31, 33, 37, 39, 41