• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Linguistics
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages, European Languages, Australian Indigenous Studies, Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, Communications
  • Work Integrated Learning Other
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Susy Macqueen
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2025
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  • Graduate Attributes
    • Transdisciplinary

This course focuses on the theory and practice of language teaching. Students investigate key areas of linguistic and applied linguistic theory pertinent to language learning and teaching, and how these theoretical approaches can be applied in classroom practice. Students will explore techniques and methods of language teaching as well as how instruction is carried out in a range of teaching contexts, from classroom instruction to online language learning. Students gain insight on language learners, including their learning styles and strategies. They are encouraged to reflect critically on their own learning experiences and apply the course content to any prior teaching experience they may have. The course will equip students with the capacity for an informed, reflective and context-sensitive approach to language teaching.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. understand and identify a range of language teaching approaches, principles and techniques;
  2. demonstrate an awareness of the diverse nature of language learners and contexts of learning;
  3. observe, analyse and evaluate instructed language learning practices, and reflect on their own teaching practice;
  4. use, and justify the use of selected language teaching methods and techniques; and
  5. communicate clearly and knowledgeably about language learning and teaching to general, professional and academic audiences.

Work Integrated Learning


The 'Teaching Languages' course involves assessments in which students plan, deliver and reflect on teaching experience. It is a simulation because students teach each other, but it is a genuine workplace experience because the students are genuine learners of the language being taught. They experience all aspects of class planning, including developing a simulated institutional context and working to a curriculum and the needs of particular age groups. In other assessments, students evaluate teaching practice, e.g., online language courses. These activities are core in the course curriculum and thoroughly integrate theory and practice as they require students to link the practices they experience or observe with theory content from the course and academic literature.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Engagement tasks (e.g., quizzes, forums, interactive activities) (10) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Case study of a learner or teaching analysis (1000 words) (15) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  3. Learning reflection (1000 words or equivalent) (35) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  4. Practical portfolio (1500 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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.


130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks, and

b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units from Linguistics (LING) courses AND/OR Languages (LANG) courses, or have permission of the convenor. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed LING6013.

Prescribed Texts

Not applicable. Texts will be available on Wattle


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3580 17 Feb 2025 24 Feb 2025 31 Mar 2025 23 May 2025 In Person N/A

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