Grammar for Language Teachers

Subject EDUC90587 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours
Total Time Commitment:

1 contact hour per week, 1 online hour per week, 7 additional hours per week. Total 9 hours per week.

Attendance at all classes (tutorial/seminars/practical classes/lectures/labs/online classes) is obligatory. Failure to attend 80% of classes will normally result in failure in the subject.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

This subject aims to help students develop a better understanding of grammar and its place in second language learning and teaching. The subject covers such areas as word classes, tense and aspect and various types of sentence structures. It will also introduce students to discourse level features of language.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Analyse and describe spoken and written language to assist them in their teaching;
  • Recognise and explain a range of grammatical forms and sentence structures;
  • Apply this knowledge in language teaching practice.
  • Twelve tasks completed in class and online throughout the semester (15 per cent)
  • A seven minute in class presentation and one page summary (15 per cent)
  • An assignment of 3500 words due at the end of semester (70 per cent)
Prescribed Texts:

Thornbury, S. (1997) About Language. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of the subject, students should be able to:

  • Evaluate and synthesise the research and professional literature in language;
  • Articulate their knowledge and understanding in oral and written presentations;
  • Develop an understanding of the significance and value of their knowledge to the wider community.
Related Course(s): Master of Modern Languages Education (Stream A)
Master of Modern Languages Education (Stream B)
Master of TESOL (Stream A)
Master of TESOL (Stream B)
Postgraduate Certificate in Modern Languages Education (Stream A)
Postgraduate Certificate in Modern Languages Education (Stream B)
Postgraduate Certificate in TESOL (Stream A)
Postgraduate Certificate in TESOL (Stream B)

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