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EDF6233 - Theory and practice of TESOL

12 points, SCA Band 0, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Education

Leader: Dr M-T Jensen (semester 1) + Dr J Miller (semester 2)


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2007 (Evening)
Clayton Second semester 2007 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2007 (Evening)


Language proficiency and the teaching of English to speakers of other languages over the last thirty years. Current research on the nature of speaking, writing, reading and listening and its implications for teaching in the second-language classroom. Other topics include vocabulary, grammar and integration of language and content (mainstream teaching). Methodological approaches. The role of the ESOL teacher in primary, post-primary and adult teaching contexts.


The learning objectives of this unit are to understand the notion of communicative competence in a second or foreign language; understand the implications of this notion for formal language instruction in listening, speaking, reading and writing skills; recognise the differing language learning needs of adult and of child learners in a range of contexts; become familiar with techniques and strategies which can be adapted to meet those different needs.


Assessment - Report (2000 words): 25%
2 in class tasks (2000 words) 25%
Research paper (4000 words) 50%

Contact hours

3 hours per week