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ECL753 - Linguistics for Language Teaching

Unit details

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Enrolment modes:(B, X)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Unit chair:R Neilsen
Incompatible with: ECL713, ECL714
Contact hours:

On-campus students: 3 hours of workshops/seminars per week.
Off-campus students: a half day study day at the Melbourne Burwood Campus.


On-campus version and study day subject to demand.


On completion of the unit students should be able to:
Summarise key issues concerning the teaching and learning of grammar;
Analyze structure of spoken and written samples of their target language at all levels of language;
Highlight linguistic features of texts for teaching purposes, and justify their choice; and
Demonstrate the ability to assess the language ability of ESL/EFL learners at different levels of proficiency and monitor their development through stages. 


Topics to be addressed in this unit include:
• Approaches to the description of language for teaching purposes;
• Language structure and language function
• Words: their formation and meanings, and teaching and learning vocabulary;
• The study of syntax (structure of groups/phrases, clauses and clause complexes), cohesive devices, thematic development, morphology and phonology;
• The teaching of linguistic features in context;
• Description of thematic development of texts and using it to the evaluation of language learners’ texts.
• Analysis of learner interlanguage for diagnostic and teaching purposes.


Analysis essay including analysis of learner written text sample and a discussion of the analytic tools used (3000 words equivalent - 50%).


Case study of a language learner including analysis of spoken language sample (3000 words equivalent – 50%).

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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