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ETL701 - TESOL Method


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Nick Carr
Trimester 2: Nick Carr




Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 3-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including weekly engagement with materials and responses in discussion forums


This unit considers the different ways that language is learned, the strategies and goals that define language teaching in the classroom and examines the ways that popular methodologies provide effective methods and techniques for teaching and learning an additional language in classrooms.

The course provides an introduction to language teaching methodology including first, second and bilingual language acquisition research and sociocultural theories of language learning; innovative approaches to teaching skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing in an additional language; holistic, communicative, task-based, needs-based approaches; planning lessons and units of work; learning styles and strategies; literacy in an additional language and classroom implications; and materials and resources.

Central to the course will be ways of thinking innovatively about pedagogy in contemporary and changing language classrooms.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Analyse current research and theory and its implication for diverse learners and different contexts

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO8: Global citizenship


Critically assess the implications of current theory and research when applied to the language classroom environment, and in particular to pedagogy and resources

GLO4: Critical thinking


Construct a comprehensive and informed personal theory and practice of second or foreign language learning and teaching

GLO6: Self-management


Demonstrate the ways your evolving theory of practice can be implemented in real educational contexts

GLO2: Communication

GLO6: Self-management

GLO7 Teamwork

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Trimester 1:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week

Assessment 1 - Essay

2500 words 50% Week 7

Assessment 2 - Reflective Analysis

2500 words 50% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: ETL701 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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