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    Students develop as reflective second language teachers by observing professional teachers, teaching international students, observing and evaluating peer teaching, evaluating themselves teaching, and engaging in classroom feedback discussions.

    This practicum prepares students to teach a second language at language schools internationally and in New Zealand. The knowledge acquired in LING 231 (TESOL) is put into practice. Students are guided in teaching task-based language lessons in all the domains. They are provided with practice in planning lessons, facilitating learning, assessing and monitoring learner progress, and planning their own professional development.

    About this paper

    Paper title TESOL in Action: Teaching Practice
    Subject Linguistics
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    Pre or Corequisite
    LING 231
    LING 432
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music
    May not be credited together with LING320 or LING423 passed in 2007 or 2008.

    Enrolments for this paper are limited and require departmental permission.
    View more information about limitations of enrolment.

    Preference will be given to students who are taking the TESOL minor or the GDipSLT. Those who fail to gain admission are advised to put their names on the waiting list as places may become available in case of withdrawals.


    Teaching staff

    Dr Minh Nguyen

    Paper Structure

    Weekly visits are made to a language school, where students observe experienced teachers teaching international students at all levels, from beginners to advanced.

    All students have guided opportunities to teach English to international students and to observe other students teaching.

    Student teaching is evaluated by the lecturer and opportunities are provided for weekly discussions and critical reflection on the lessons students observe, on their own teaching and the teaching of other students.

    Students provide peer feedback for one another on Blackboard. Additional feedback sessions throughout the semester are used for supplementary training. Students build up portfolios of lesson plans and materials for teaching with guidance from the lecturer.

    Assignments include observation comments, lesson planning (with self-evaluation) and a reflective paper.

    Teaching Arrangements

    Weekly observations at the language school. These observations are undertaken in pairs with an observation partner.

    Weekly teaching at the Otago Polytechnic.

    Regular feedback sessions and practical workshops in lecture rooms.

    Prescribed Text: Richards & Farrell. (2011). Practice Teaching: A Reflective Approach. Cambridge University Press.
    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

    Students who successfully complete this paper will develop:

    • Knowledge and skills in effective teaching, including assessment
    • Cross-cultural competence
    • Effective lesson planning and execution


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Tuesday 10:00-11:50 29-35, 37-42
    Wednesday 10:00-11:50 29-35, 37-42
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