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ETL702 - Linguistics for Second Language Teachers


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: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Hossein Shokouhi
Trimester 2: Hossein Shokouhi




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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


Second Language Teachers need not only to be able to speak and understand the language they are teaching but have an understanding of how the language works  - its systems and rules of usage.

This unit focuses on raising awareness of traditional and modern perspectives of grammar. As such, it is relevant to students’ professional development as language teachers. It develops not only a thorough understanding of the formal aspects of language, but it teaches you the metalanguage that is needed for talking about these aspects of language. It also introduces participants to current issues concerning the role of grammar in Second Language Teaching and Learning and to various ways in which this knowledge could be used for the teaching of spoken and written discourses.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Review and summarise key issues concerning grammatical structures and the teaching of grammar
GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Discover and analyse the structure of written or spoken samples produced by learners writing in English as a second language

GLO2: Communication


Highlight linguistic features of texts for teaching purposes, and justify their choice

GLO3: Digital literacy


Demonstrate a critical understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of linguistics

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving


Demonstrate the ability to assess the language ability of ESL/EFL learners at different levels of proficiency, and monitor their development through stages

GLO6: Self-management


Demonstrate the capacity to work collaboratively in problem solving and discussion of relevant issues

GLO7: Teamwork

GLO8: Global citizenship

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 - Literature Review on a linguistic issue 2500 words 50% Week 8
Assessment 2 - Analysis of written sample of language 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: ETL702 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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