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ECL753 - Linguistics for Language Teaching

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Trimester 2: Cloud (online)
Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:R Neilsen




Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Campus: 1 x 3 hour Seminar per week.

Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin.


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 (2500 words equivalent - 50%).

Case study of a language learner including analysis of spoken language sample (2500 words equivalent – 50%).

Unit Fee Information

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

Unit fee information available soon

2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

Your units are priced based on the course you are enrolled in. Please refer to the current year's course entry to estimate the unit cost.

You can calculate the cost of each unit by using the following calculation:

Course fee x unit EFTSL value = unit price

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