Faculty of Education

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton First semester 2012 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2012 (Evening)
Clayton Second semester 2012 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2012 (Evening)
Singapore Term 3 2012 (Off-campus)
Singapore Term 4 2012 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Jill Brown (Sem 1 & 2, Day - Clayton) and (Off-shore Term 4, Singapore-TESOL); & Dr Dat Bao (Sem 1 & 2, Evening - Clayton)


This unit addresses second language proficiency and the teaching of English to speakers of other languages. It also examines current research into the nature of speaking, writing, reading and listening and its implications for teaching in second-language classrooms. Other topics include vocabulary, grammar and integration of language and content; the role of the ESOL teacher in primary, post-primary and adult teaching contexts, and methodological approaches in second languages.


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; and
  • become familiar with techniques and strategies which can be adapted to meet those different needs.


Reports (4000 words) 50%
Research paper (4000 words) 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Dat Bao

Contact hours

3 hours per week