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LING432 TESOL in Action: Teaching Practice

Students develop as reflective second language teachers by observing professional teachers, teaching international students, observing and evaluating peer teaching, evaluating themselves teaching on film, 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.

Paper title TESOL in Action: Teaching Practice
Paper code LING432
Subject Linguistics
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,206.91
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Pre or Corequisite
LING 231
LING 332
Limited to
BA(Hons), GDipSLT, PGDipArts
May not be credited together with LING320 or LING423 passed in 2007 or 2008.
Enrolments for this paper are limited and require departmental permission.
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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 on 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. LING 432 and LING 332 share lectures, classroom observations and teaching practice sessions, but differ in terms of assessment and workload requirements. Students in LING 432 also undertake an extended empirical research project involving a full needs analysis for a class of international students and the design of a curriculum for them.

Teaching Arrangements
  • Weekly observations at the language school
  • Weekly teaching at the Otago Polytechnic
  • Regular feedback sessions 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.
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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

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 10:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 10:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41