• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Linguistics
  • Areas of interest Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Louise Jansen
  • Mode of delivery Blended
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
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This course will focus on the theory and practice of language teaching. It will investigate key areas of linguistic and applied linguistic theory pertinent to language teaching in areas such as principles of language learning, learning styles and language teaching methodology as well as the effects of specific teachers' views of language, culture and what makes teaching effective. It will also review a range of teaching methodologies and evaluate their relative effectiveness. Students will be encouraged to reflect on their learning experiences and to develop their own approach to language teaching.

As part of the course students will undertake a small, guided research project on a topic of their own interest, related to language teaching and write it up in ways appropriate to the discipline. At the end of the course students without prior teaching experience will have been given an opportunity to give a short language lesson with comment, demonstrating their developing approach to language teaching and their ability to articulate its main features. Students with prior teaching experience will instead outline their approach to teaching at the beginning of the course and re-evaluate this at the end in the light of content and issues addressed in the course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Students will have gained insight into the complex nature of language teaching and be able to identify a range of factors affecting its success. These include teachers' knowledge of key areas such as principles of language learning, learning styles and language teaching methodology as well as the effects of specific teachers' views of language, culture and what makes teaching effective. Students will be able to systematically observe and analyse language teaching. Students will also have developed, or further developed, their own approach to teaching and be able to articulate its main features in terms of fundamental concepts in language teaching theory and practice. Students will furthermore be able to conduct a small-scale research project related to language teaching and write up the results in ways appropriate to the discipline.

Indicative Assessment

2 written assignments (40%), 1 essay/research project (5,000 words) (40%); 1 teaching demonstration and articulation of approach to teaching (1,000 words) (20%).

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


In addition to the contact hours, students will be expected to spend an average of 7 hours per week reading and reflecting, writing learning journal entries, completing assignments and preparing for their teaching demonstrations.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed 6 units of Linguistics (LING) courses and LING6001. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Diane Larsen-Freeman (2000). Techniques and principles in language teaching. New York: Oxford UP, Second Edition. (Available from the bookstore and on short loan in Chifley library);

Reading brick (Available on Wattle).


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1542
2014 $2478
2013 $2472
2012 $2472
2011 $2424
2010 $2358
2009 $2286
2008 $2286
2007 $2286
2006 $2286
2005 $2286
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3618
2014 $3762
2013 $3756
2012 $3756
2011 $3756
2010 $3750
2009 $3618
2008 $3618
2007 $3618
2006 $3618
2005 $3618
2004 $3618
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9217 21 Jul 2014 08 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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