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LIN8002 Methodology in Teaching a Second Language

Semester 2, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Education
Student contribution band : Band 1
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 2 July 2022


Examiner: Jeong-Bae Son


Teachers need an understanding of theory about second language learning. They also need to know how principles have been translated successfully into practice in the classroom.

This course links theory with practice in teaching the four macroskills: listening, speaking, reading and writing with vocabulary and grammar incorporated. Language learning objectives and outcomes are based on a student learning orientation aimed at developing communicative competence in contexts that are socially and culturally relevant. Principles of second language teaching methodology are grounded in principles of second language learning that are addressed in the LIN8001 course and are assumed knowledge for this course. It is highly recommended that LIN8001 be studied prior to LIN8002.

Course learning outcomes

The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. The assessment item(s) that may be used to assess student achievement of an objective are shown in parenthesis. On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. reflect on principles of second language teaching and teaching practice (Assignment 1);
  2. generate macroskills and functions in developing language proficiency (Assignment 2);
  3. illustrate inter-relationships that exist among the macroskills by analysing research evidence which demonstrates such relationships in teaching design (Assignment 2);
  4. construct tasks and techniques used in classrooms in each of the macroskills, showing how they are derived from theory, supported by research and expressed in learner based objectives and outcomes. Provide language use examples (Assignment 2);
  5. explain how vocabulary development takes place and recommend techniques that can be used to enhance such development in socio-cultural contexts that are relevant (Assignments 1 and 2);
  6. examine the place of grammar in second language teaching focus on form and communicative competence (Assignments 1 and 2).


Description Weighting(%)
1. Principles and practice in SLT 20.00
2. Listening 15.00
3. Speaking 15.00
4. Reading 15.00
5. Writing 15.00
6. Vocabulary 10.00
7. Grammar 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Essay No 30 1,2,3,4
Assignments Written Online forums A1 of 2 No 20 1,2,3,4,5,6
Assignments Written Online forums A2 of 2 No 20 1,2,3,4,5,6
Assignments Written Planning document No 30 1,2,3,4,5,6
Date printed 2 July 2022