TESOL

Outcomes

At the conclusion of this designated program students should be able to:

  • understand theoretical principles underlying language learning
  • understand and apply pedagogical principles relevant to language teaching
  • be familiar with current theoretical and pedagogical debates within TESOL
  • develop knowledge of research that has been undertaken in the fields of TESOL
  • be able to select, devise and use teaching materials appropriate to learners' needs.

Master of Education (TESOL)

To qualify for the award of Master of Education (TESOL) candidates must complete 8 units of study (48 credit points), including:

  • a minimum of 5 units of study (30 credit points) from this specialisation, comprising;
    a minimum of 4 units of study (24 credit points) of core units; and
    a minimum of 1 unit of study (6 credit points) of elective units from the table listed below; plus
  • a minimum of 1 unit of study (6 credit points) of capstone units; and
  • a maximum of 2 units of study (12 credit points) of postgraduate Education units which can be chosen from any designation within the Master of Education program.

Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies (TESOL)

To qualify for the award of Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies (TESOL) candidates must complete 6 units of study (36 credit points), including:

  • a minimum of 4 units of study (24 credit points) of core units; and
  • a minimum of 1 unit of study (6 credit points) of elective units from the table listed below; plus
  • a maximum of 1 unit of study (6 credit points) of postgraduate Education units which can be chosen from any designation within the Master of Education program.

Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (TESOL)

To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (TESOL) candidates must complete 4 units of study (24 credit points), including:

  • a minimum of 2 units of study (12 credit points) of core units; and
  • a maximum 2 units of study (12 credit points) of elective units from the table below.

Course convenor

Dr Marie Stevenson
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Room 814, Education Building, A35
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Units of study table

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

TESOL

Core units

EDPG5001
Discourse and Language Teaching
6      Semester 2
EDPJ5002
Second Language Acquisition
6      Semester 1
EDPJ5013
Methodology and Language Teaching
6      Semester 2
EDPJ5016
Grammar and the Language Classroom
6      Semester 1
EDPJ5020
Literacy and Language Teaching
6      Semester 2
LNGS7002
Language, Society and Power
6      Semester 1

Elective units

EDPJ5018
English for Specific Purposes
6      Semester 1
EDPJ5021
Developments in English Lang Teaching
6      Semester 1
EDPJ5022
Research Methods in Language Studies
6      Semester 1
Semester 2
EDPJ5023
Teacher Professional Development for EFL
6      Semester 2
EDPJ5024
English in Academic Settings
6      Semester 1
Semester 2
EDPJ5025
Bilingual Education
6      Semester 1
EDPJ5026
Language Testing and Assessment
6      Semester 2

Capstone units

EDPZ6720
Dissertation
12   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
EDPZ6724
Dissertation Part 1
6    C EDPZ6725

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
EDPZ6725
Dissertation Part 2
6    P EDPZ6724
Semester 1
Semester 2
EDPZ6730
Special Project 1
6    P 24 credit points
Semester 1
Semester 2

Elective units from other faculties

Master of Education (TESOL) students may choose up to two units of study from the following listing
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - Linguistics
LNGS7004
Register and Genre in English
6      Semester 2
LNGS7274
Media Discourse
6      Semester 2
LNGS7275
World Englishes
6      Semester 2
LNGS7301
Functional Grammar
6      Semester 1

Units of study listing

TESOL

Core units

EDPG5001 Discourse and Language Teaching

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Brian Paltridge Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week commencing week 2 Assessment: 1x1500wd written assignment (35%) and 1x3500wd written assignment (65%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit examines approaches to the analysis of spoken and written discourse and ways in which they can be drawn on in language learning classrooms. Topics covered include discourse and socity, discourse and pragmatics, discourse and genre, discourse and conversation, multimodal discourse analysis, and crticial discourse analysis.
EDPJ5002 Second Language Acquisition

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Aek Phakiti Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1 hr lecture/week, 1x1 hr tutorial/week commencing week 2 Assessment: 1x1500wd critical review of an research article (20%); 1x2250wd explaining second language learning (40%); and 1x22500wd application of an SLA theories and research for second language teaching (40%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit presents the major theoretical frameworks used to consider issues in pre-school language development, first language development during the school years and the learning of second and subsequent languages by children and adults. It will discuss the common features in language development and will also take into account issues of social opportunity, age-related factors and other individual factors which lead to differential language proficiency in learners.
EDPJ5013 Methodology and Language Teaching

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Marie Stevenson Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week commencing week 2 Assessment: 1 15 minute teaching practice (10%), 1x2000wd lesson plan (40%) and 1x3000wd development of teaching materials assignment (50%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit provides an introduction to language teaching methodology. It covers both theoretical and practical issues, but has a particularly practical focus. The unit will focus on key aspects of classroom practice and students will have the opportunity to practice these and to reflect on their own classroom practice. Students will learn about different approaches to language teaching, and in particular about the components of communicative language teaching (CLT), the currently dominant approach. However, students will be encouraged to think critically and creatively about which aspect of CLT might or might note be appropriate to apply to their teaching contexts.
EDPJ5016 Grammar and the Language Classroom

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Marie Stevenson Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week commencing week 2 Assessment: 1 assignment (40%), 1 teaching practice (10%), and 1 assignment (50%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit focuses on effectiven teaching of language features in the second/foreign language classroom. The unit has a strong pedagogical focus, as it examines key principles of grammar instruction, how to structure grammar lessons, and how to evaluate and use grammar teaching materials effectively. The unit also focuses on raising awareness of the language systems of English such as tense/aspect, modality and cohesion, and of how context influences grammatical choices. It also examines how texts can be used effectively in the classroom. This unit is intended for those who are or who are planning to be teachers of English as a second or foreign language.
EDPJ5020 Literacy and Language Teaching

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Marie Stevenson Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week commencing week 2 Assessment: 1 assignment (40%); and 1 assignment (60%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit focus on literacy and its relationship to language teaching is examined from avariety of perspectives. Reading, writing and the teaching of these in the English language classroom are examined. In addition, issues surrounding literacy as a broader social, cultural and technological phenomenon and the implications of these issues for language teaching are explored. The unit emphasises that literacy does not operate the same way in all societies or in all educational and social contexts. In an age of increasingly sophisticated information technologies and the spread of English as a global language, ideas about literacy are changing rapidly, and these changes are having consequences for language teaching.
LNGS7002 Language, Society and Power

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Assessment: 1x4000wd Research project (80%), 1x1000wd Online discussion (10%), 1x1000wd Quiz (10%), Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Language is a symbolic currency: mastery of the standard language can buy institutional power, mastery of urban teenage slang can buy street cred. This course introduces students to key issues in sociolinguistics and language sociology such as the political economy of language, language variation and change, and critical discourse analysis. Members of the class will undertake empirical research.

Elective units

EDPJ5018 English for Specific Purposes

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Brian Paltridge Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week commencing week 2 Assessment: group presentation (10%); course design outline (40%); and course design project (50%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit will examine issues in the teaching of English for specific purposes (ESP). Topics covered include definitions and the history of ESP, English for academic purposes, English for business purposes, skills development and ESP, needs analysis, course design, materials development, program evaluation and assessment in ESP courses.
EDPJ5021 Developments in English Lang Teaching

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor Huizhong Shen Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week commencing week 2 Assessment: 1x presentation (20%); 1x2000wd assignment (30%); 1x3000wd assignment (50%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit examines contemporary developments in English language teaching such as issues in the teaching of listening, reading, writing and speaking, as well as teaching and learning grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary. Other issues that are currently being discussed in the TESOL literature will also be addressed.
EDPJ5022 Research Methods in Language Studies

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Aek Phakiti Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week commencing week 2 Assessment: 1 x2000wd comparative review of quantitative and qualitative studies (20%); 4500wd research proposal (made up of 2 sub assignments) (80%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit introduces a range of approaches to research in the area of languate studies. The unit provides frameworks with which students can review and critique previous research as well as framework for writing a research proposal. This is a required unit of study for students who wish to include a Dissertation in their MEd TESOL degree.
EDPJ5023 Teacher Professional Development for EFL

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor Huizhong Shen Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week commencing week 2 Assessment: 1 pair of group workshop presentation (30%) and 1 assignment (70%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
In this unit students identify the needs of language teachers in pre-service and in-service courses and explore different models of teacher development. In the light of these models, participants consider ways of leading teachers to a fuller appreciation of language teaching goals, methods and activities. Participants have the opportunity to design and conduct training sessions to meet particular goals and to provide self and peer critique on these training sessions.
Textbooks
Richards, J.C., & Farrell, T.S.C.,(2005). Professional development for language teachers: strategies for teacher learning. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
EDPJ5024 English in Academic Settings

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr David Hirsh Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week commencing week 2 Assessment: 1 classroom presentation (10%) and 1x2000wd written assignment (40%) and 1x3000wd written assignemnt (50%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit is designed for students from non-English speaking backgrounds who wish to improve their English as well as understand better the setting in which it is produced. The unit has two components: the development of personal academic skills, particularly writing, and an in-depth consideration of linguistic and non-linguistic aspects of communication in academic settings.
EDPJ5025 Bilingual Education

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Ruth Fielding Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week and 1x1hr tutorial/week commencing week 2 Assessment: 1 case study (50%); 1 essay (50%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit introduces and explores principles and issues surrounding bilingual education. Different models of bilingual education are introduced, and the isues surrounding the aims, rationale and goals of different models are explored. Issues surrounding bilingual education theory, the teacher in bilingual settings, family and community involvement in bilingual education, bilingualism and biliteracy, and issues of power and identify are examined. The unit focuses on current research surrounding bilingual education. This unit is suited to students who teach in bilingual or immersion contexts in addition to those more generally interested in catering for bilingual and multilingual students in all settings.
Textbooks
Baker, C. (2006). Foundations of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism. (4th Ed). Clevedon, NJ: Multilingual Matters.
EDPJ5026 Language Testing and Assessment

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Aek Phakiti Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week commencing week 2 Assessment: a language test review (20%); 2 quizzes (20%); a portfolio assessment of a language test development (made up of 2 sub-assignments) (60%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit provides a broad overview of the major principles involved in second and foreign language testing and assessment. The focus of the unit is on both theoretical and practical issues in testing and assessment. The design of language tests and assessment appropriate to particular learning settings is addressed with reference to communicative language teaching methodology. Issues concerning the influence of testing on teaching and recent developments in research in testing and assessment will be considered.

Capstone units

EDPZ6720 Dissertation

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr David Hirsh Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: several meetings/discussions with supervisor. Assessment: 1x12000wd report (100%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Supervision
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
The Dissertation is a piece of academic writing of approximately 12,000 words and represents a substantial original work. The Dissertation serves two different purposes in a student's progress through a Masters degree program, being a way for a student to study an area of interest in depth, or as a path to further research. Students seeking progress into a research higher degree, such as a doctoral program, are required to complete an empirical study, drawing on primary data. Note that for direct entry into a doctoral degree, an average of at least 80% across the Masters degree is needed. Students not intending to progress to a higher research degree may choose from a range of types of study. The Dissertation must incorporate an appropriate form of critical analysis and have as its basis a clearly structured conceptual framework. It is recommended that students complete a Research Method unit of study prior to undertaking the Dissertation, which will support the proposal development.
EDPZ6724 Dissertation Part 1

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr David Hirsh Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: several meetings/discussions with supervisor Corequisites: EDPZ6725 Assessment: satisfactory progress during semester; students then must enrol in EDPZ6725 Dissertation Part 2 the following semester. Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Supervision
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
The Dissertation is a piece of academic writing of approximately 12,000 words and represents a substantial original work. The Dissertation serves two different purposes in a student's progress through a Masters degree program, being a way for a student to study an area of interest in depth, or as a path to further research. Students seeking progress into a research higher degree, such as a doctoral program, are required to complete an empirical study, drawing on primary data. Note that for direct entry into a doctoral degree, an average of at least 80% across the Masters degree is needed. Students not intending to progress to a higher research degree may choose from a range of types of study. The Dissertation must incorporate an appropriate form of critical analysis and have as its basis a clearly structured conceptual framework. It is recommended that students complete a Research Methods unit of study prior to undertaking the Dissertation, which will support the proposal development. This unit is part one of the Dissertation which runs over two semesters; therefore, students must also enroll in EDPZ6725 Dissertation Part 2 in the following semester.
EDPZ6725 Dissertation Part 2

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr David Hirsh Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: several meetings/discussions with supervisor Prerequisites: EDPZ6724 Assessment: 1x12000wd report (100%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Supervision
The Dissertation is a piece of academic writing of approximately 12,000 words and represents a substantial original work. The Dissertation serves two different purposes in a student's progress through a Masters degree program, being a way for a student to study an area of interest in depth, or as a path to further research. Students seeking progress into a research higher degree, such as a doctoral program, are required to complete an empirical study, drawing on primary data. Note that for direct entry into a doctoral degree, an average of at least 80% across the Masters degree is needed. Students not intending to progress to a higher research degree may choose from a range of types of study. The Dissertation must incorporate an appropriate form of critical analysis and have as its basis a clearly structured conceptual framework. It is recommended that students complete a Research Methods unit of study prior to undertaking the Dissertation, which will support the proposal development. This unit is part two of the Dissertation which runs over two semester; therefore, students must have also enrolled in EDPZ6724 Dissertation Part 1 in the previous semester.
EDPZ6730 Special Project 1

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr David Hirsh Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: several sessions with supervisor Prerequisites: 24 credit points Assessment: 1x6000wd report (100%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Supervision
Special Project is a capstone unit, semester length independent investigation of a personally chosen topic in an educational context, the result of which is a 'product' of approximately 6,000 words such as a written report, review, account of the development of a resource, analysis of action or critique of research. All 'products' should be demonstrably informed by relevant theory and research. The satisfactory completion of this unit provides an alternative to the regular face-to-face classroom unit of study for candidates enrolled in a graduate coursework award.

Elective units from other faculties

Master of Education (TESOL) students may choose up to two units of study from the following listing
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - Linguistics
LNGS7004 Register and Genre in English

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Assessment: 3x 2000wd each Text analysis (100%), Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study introduces students to current research in the theory of genre and register with a focus on English. It will explore how choices in grammar and discourse (e.g. speech function, conjunction, cohesive devices, methods of development and argumentation, schematic structure) impact on the ways in which people engage with different types (genres, registers) of texts. The framework for the unit derives from a variety of linguistic approaches, including corpus linguistics and functional linguistics.
LNGS7274 Media Discourse

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Assessment: 1x500wd Summary (5%), 1x2500wd Image analysis/interpretation (35%), 1x3000wd Text Analysis (60%), Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
"Sexy, healthy and 100% Australian-owned!" This unit examines linguistic approaches to media discourse. The language of news texts and television series will form a special focus of the unit, along with how images are used to construe meaning. We will explore general aspects of media institutions (news and television), the ways in which social identities are constructed in the media, differences between the language of various types of media texts, the rhetoric of persuasion and the discourses of popular culture.
LNGS7275 World Englishes

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Assessment: 1x5000wd Research project (90%), 10x 100wd each Learning journals (10%), Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
If you are interested in issues of globalization and language and/or the role of English in today's world, then this unit is for you. We know that English is now the global language of politics, trade, commerce, media, research, and higher education. In this unit, we examine how these processes impact the English language, how people around the world relate to and adapt the language, and how this impacts the linguistic, pedagogical, and political landscapes.
LNGS7301 Functional Grammar

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Assessment: 1x3000wd equivalent Grammar assignment (50%), 1x3000wd equivalent Final assignment (50%), Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit will focus on Halliday's functional grammar, including coverage of transitivity, mood, theme, clause-complexing and nominal group and verbal group structure (including functional structures and introductory accounts of the systems from which they derive). The unit will focus on English but include exemplification from other languages where appropriate. In addition the place of grammar in functional models of language will be considered, and critical aspects of system/structure theory introduced.