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ETL708 - Language Teaching in Practice


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: Cloud (online)
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Hossein Shokouhi
Trimester 2: Indika Liyanage




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 introduces students to the practice of second language teaching, through a combination of lectures, peer teaching, micro-teaching, and classroom observation of practising language teachers. Specifically, this unit focusses on practical aspects involved in adult TESOL education contexts in Australia and overseas. It examines the fundamentals of teaching English as an additional language and provides a forum for discussing issues in professional practice of language teachers.

The unit provides pedagogical strategies to develop skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing as embedded in various contexts of language teaching. 

Grammar and vocabulary teaching and the integration of information technology with different aspects of language learning will also be covered.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Develop a body of professional knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in TESOL

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Critically interpret and apply theoretical propositions and contemporary research findings in TESOL

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking


Demonstrate a sophisticated ability to generate and evaluate the formal properties of phonology, syntax and discourse patterns of the English language

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking


Deploy cognitive, technical and creative skills to implement various program models for teaching practice

GLO3: Digital literacy

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO6: Self-management

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 - A written lesson plan and 15 minute oral presentation a mini lesson Equivalent to 2000 words 40% Week 9
Assessment 2 - Unit of work 3000 words 60% 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: ETL708 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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