EDUC 7421 - TESOL Methodology

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2018

This course focuses on practical methods of language teaching specifically the four macro skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening and the rationale behind lesson staging/scaffolding when presenting these skills. Students will be introduced to techniques for teaching vocabulary, pronunciation and form as well as learn how to design effective tasks and practice situations. It looks at strategies to check meaning and correct errors. Students are encouraged to adopt a critical and reflective approach to practice through peer teaching and develop an informed view of teaching and the learners.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code EDUC 7421
    Course TESOL Methodology
    Coordinating Unit School of Education
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Incompatible EDUC 5421
    Assessment Short answer (1000 words) 20%, Work-in-Progress Report (1500 words) 30%, Skills and Language Development Report (2500 words) 50%
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Mrs Paula Dimmell

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
    1 Develop an understanding of historical and current TESOL Methodologies.
    2 Familiarise students with classroom management techniques.
    3 Increase students’ awareness of different types of learners.
    4 Enable students to select appropriate materials and activities based on lesson aims and learner needs.
    5 Familiarise students’ with planning different lesson types and corresponding staging.
    6 Introduce different types of formal and informal assessment in TESOL.
    7 Access resources effectively necessary to complete set tasks.
    8 Demonstrate self-evaluation skills through critical reflective practice.
    9 Interact and network effectively with peers.
    10 Develop an understanding of historical and current TESOL Methodologies
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 2, 4, 5, 6
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 9
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    6, 8, 9
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    1, 3, 8, 9
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    8, 9
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

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    Learning Activities Summary

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  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome
    Short Answer Formative and Summative 20% 1, 2, 3, 8
    Language Skill & Methodology Formative and Summative 30% 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9
    Report Summative 50% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Short answer assignment 20%; Work-in-Progress report 30%, Report 50%
    Assessment Detail
    Assignment 1: 20%
    Presenting and Checking meaning of language.
    Word Count: 1,000

    Assignment 2: 30%
    Work-in-Progress Report. Choose 1 skill (language or receptive) that you will focus on with your authentic text. Briefly describe your methodology, what skills you are focussing on and conduct the task with the class.
    Word Count: 1,500

    Assignment 3: 50%
    Skills and language development. Choose an authentic text and develop a lesson around it that focuses on a skill and a language point. A rationale of the method/approach used, as well as a rationale for each of the stages and activities is needed.
    Word Count: 2,500

    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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