EDUC 7420 - TESOL in Practice, Lesson Planning & Teach Pract

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2018

This course is designed to prepare students to plan, implement and evaluate English language curriculum and syllabus in a range of TESOL situations. Students will be encouraged to critically analyse commercial materials as well as develop their own language teaching materials and lesson plans appropriate for their teaching context. The topic encourages students to develop their analytical and reflective skills and to explore the relationship between theory and practice.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code EDUC 7420
    Course TESOL in Practice, Lesson Planning & Teach Pract
    Coordinating Unit School of Education
    Term Semester 2
    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 5420
    Assessment Critical Review (1000 words) 20%, Participation in Teaching Practice and Observations 10%, Teaching Portfolio (2500 words) 40%, Teaching Unit work (1500 words) 30%
    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 students’ ability to plan and deliver lessons based on learners’ needs.
    2 Familiarise students with English language curriculum and syllabus types.
    3 Increase students’ awareness of different types of learners and learning styles.
    4 Enable students to select and adapt materials and activities based on lesson aims and learner needs.
    5 Demonstrate self-evaluation skills through critical reflective practice.
    6 Access resources effectively necessary to complete set tasks.
    7 Critically review key research related to TESOL in Practice.
    8 Interact and network effectively with peers.
    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, 3, 5, 6, 7
    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, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    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
    1, 4, 8
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8
    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
    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
    1, 3, 5, 8
  • 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
    Critical Review Formative and Summative 20% 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
    Unit of Work Summative 30% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8
    Teaching Portfolio Summative 40% 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9
    Participation in Teaching Practice and Observations 10% 6, 9
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Participation in teaching practice and observations require compulsory attendance.
    Assessment Detail
    Assignment 1: 20%
    Critical Review – students will select literature related to topic area and present a critical review.
    Word Count: 1,000 total words

    Assignment 2: 30%
    Unit of Work – students will analyse and develop a unit of teaching, incorporating supplementary and adapted materials
    Word Count: 1,500

    Assignment 3: 40%
    Teaching Portfolio – students will use reflective practice techniques to put together a teaching portfolio based on specific learner needs.
    Word Count: 2,500

    Participation in workshop tasks 10%
    Ongoing throughout the course
    (including teaching practice and observations)

    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.

  • Student Feedback

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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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