• 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

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%).

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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. Tuition fees are indexed annually. 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
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4814 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person N/A

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