Courses - Faculty of Arts


Language Teaching and Learning

Stage I

LANGTCHG 101
15 Points

Introduction to Language Teaching

An introduction to a range of approaches to second language teaching and the theories of language and learning which underpin them. Students will explore the basic concepts related to current approaches to ELT in their home country and the social context of learning.

LANGTCHG 102
15 Points

Classroom Management and School Experience

Introduces students to the organisation of learning in the classroom and specifically to the role and behaviour of the teacher in secondary classrooms and in the school. The integrated school experience provides students with an initial orientation to the school environment in their home country and the opportunity to apply their growing knowledge and skills in a supportive classroom context.

Prerequisite: Student must be enrolled in BEd(TESOL)

LANGTCHG 103
15 Points

Competency in the Mother Tongue

Extends the students' command and control over their mother tongue to enable them to operate efficiently and effectively in schools in their home country where the medium of instruction is the mother tongue. To further enrich their communication skills they will be exposed to the literature in their mother tongue.

Prerequisite: Student must be enrolled in BEd(TESOL)

Stage II

LANGTCHG 202
15 Points

Introductory English Language Analysis for Teachers

Introduces key concepts of phonology, grammar and vocabulary of English and develops an understanding of how they function as systems in written and spoken English. Develops the skills needed to formally analyse the phonological, lexical and grammatical systems of English. Illustrates how linguistic descriptions can be applied in language teaching.

Prerequisite: 30 points passed or approval of Academic Head or nominee.

LANGTCHG 205
15 Points

Developing Literacy in a Second Language

Examines the theory and practice related to the development of both initial and advanced literacy in a second language: how reading and writing skills are developed in a second language; the interdependency of first and second language literacy skills; effective instructional methods and the role played by second language literacy in the development of academic skills where English is the medium of instruction.

Prerequisite: 30 points passed or approval of Academic Head or nominee

LANGTCHG 206
15 Points

Special Topic

LANGTCHG 207
15 Points

Instructed Language Learning

Introduces the study of the language acquisition-rich classroom by considering how a second or foreign language is learned, and explores different aspects of language teaching from the perspective of language learning and factors responsible for individual differences in learning. Students will consider concepts and research in instructed language learning in relation to classroom, institutional, and broader social and political contexts.

Prerequisite: 30 points passed or approval of Academic Head or nominee

Restriction: LANGTCHG 303

LANGTCHG 209
15 Points

Using Tasks in Language Teaching

Students learn about task-based language teaching and have opportunities for hands-on practice in developing tasks for use in the language classroom. The course also enhances students’ understanding of the difference between task-based teaching and traditional approaches to language teaching.

Prerequisite: LANGTCHG 101 or 30 points passed or approval of Academic Head or nominee

Restriction: LANGTCHG 306

Stage III

LANGTCHG 300
15 Points

Theory and Practice of Language Teaching

A general introduction to English language teaching. This course requires students to undertake a study of current theory and practice relating to the teaching of the knowledge systems of English and of language skills.

Prerequisite: LANGTCHG 101 or 202 or 30 points passed at Stage II or above or approval of Academic Head or nominee

LANGTCHG 301
15 Points

The Second Language Curriculum

Introduces principles and procedures used in course design and to evaluate TEFL courses, coursebooks and materials. Develops a practical understanding of how to set about planning an EFL curriculum.

Prerequisite: LANGTCHG 101 or 30 points passed at Stage II or above or approval of Academic Head or nominee

LANGTCHG 302
15 Points

Practical Language Teaching

Develops an understanding of the procedures, techniques and options used in teaching language lessons; helps participants to design and deliver effective language lessons for a variety of contexts; and introduces participants to a variety of tools for teacher development such as peer teaching, peer observation, and reflective teaching.

Prerequisite: LANGTCHG 300 or 301

LANGTCHG 304
15 Points

The Young Second Language Learner

Examines the experience of children aged 6-12 years in learning a second language. Gives particular attention to the social, cognitive and psychological characteristics of children; examines the particular needs of young learners of a second language, and how languages are learned in different contexts.

Prerequisite: LANGTCHG 101 or 30 points at Stage II or above or approval of the Academic Head or nominee

LANGTCHG 305
15 Points

Special Topic

LANGTCHG 307
15 Points

Special Topic

Prerequisite: 30 points passed at Stage II

LANGTCHG 308
15 Points

Special Topic

LANGTCHG 309
15 Points

Second/Foreign Language Teaching Experience

Students teach English (or another language) for an organisation (local or abroad) approved by the Academic Head or nominee. Excludes teaching in a NZ primary, intermediate or secondary school.

Prerequisite: LANGTCHG 101, 202, 300, 301, 302 with a B average or higher and approval of Academic Head or nominee

LANGTCHG 310
15 Points

Literature in Second Language Learning

Introduces students to the study of stylistics, looks at various forms and genres of literary texts and presents different approaches to teaching literature in a second language classroom. The students will experiment with, evaluate and discuss various ways of teaching literature.

Prerequisite: LANGTCHG 101 or 202, or 30 points at Stage II or III, or approval of the Academic Head or nominee

LANGTCHG 311
15 Points

Language and Technology

Introduces students to theoretical and practical aspects of using technology for language learning and teaching purposes. Enables students to develop confidence in their ability to integrate technology into their teaching, and in their capacity to explore other technological applications in response to workplace needs. Students will also experience and reflect upon the language learning dimension, and critically examine on the relative benefits of particular applications with reference to sound pedagogical principles.

Prerequisite: 30 points passed at Stage II

LANGTCHG 312
15 Points

Special Topic

Stage IV

LANGTCHG 400
15 Points

Language Curriculum Studies

Examines the meaning of curriculum in relation to the school, state, national contexts, and the broader socio-political context. Of central importance is the idea of curriculum as an interactive process. The idea of curriculum as process and the dynamic interplay between curriculum context, theory and practice are emphasised.

Prerequisite: Student must be enrolled in BEd(TESOL)

Restriction: LANGTCHG 724, 741

LANGTCHG 401
15 Points

Language Assessment in Schools

Aims to develop understanding of second language learning assessment. Starting with broader considerations and techniques, the focus is on different forms of assessment used in secondary English teaching contexts in the home country.

Prerequisite: Student must be enrolled in BEd(TESOL)

Restriction: LANGTCHG 704, 742

LANGTCHG 402
15 Points

Linking Theory and Practice in the Language Classroom

Examines the pedagogical frameworks underpinning classroom methodology. Focuses on linking theory and practice and on preparing students for forthcoming classroom teaching. Includes the practical preparation and implementation of lessons, drawing on and bringing into focus relevant aspects of the programme.

Prerequisite: Student must be enrolled in BEd(TESOL)

Restriction: LANGTCHG 710

LANGTCHG 403
60 Points

Teaching Practice

A 12-week period of teaching practice in a school in the country of the student's origin. The practice will focus mainly on the teaching of English, although the student may have an opportunity to teach a second subject.

Prerequisite: Student must be enrolled in BEd(TESOL)

Postgraduate 700 Level Courses

LANGTCHG 700
15 Points

Literature in Second Language Learning

Introduces students to the study of stylistics, looks at various forms and genres of literary texts and presents different approaches to teaching literature in a second language classroom. The students will experiment with, evaluate and discuss various ways of teaching literature.

Restriction: LANGTCHG 310

LANGTCHG 701
15 Points

Multilingual Lives

Examines main theoretical approaches to understanding multilingualism. Students acquire specialised knowledge of different approaches to addressing the needs of an ethnolinguistically diverse population, and develop a critical awareness of issues and debates in the field. Assignments involve substantial independent research that includes the analysis of factors that influence the acquisition, maintenance, and use of multiple languages in individuals’ lives.

LANGTCHG 708
15 Points

Special Topic

LANGTCHG 710
15 Points

Task-based Language Teaching

Examines research that has investigated task-based second language learning and the theoretical rationale for task-based language teaching. Also considers factors in the design of task-based syllabuses and methodological options for lessons based on tasks, and problems in implementation.

Restriction: LANGTCHG 402

LANGTCHG 715
15 Points

Developing Academic Literacy

Aims to help participants understand and develop their academic literacies. Focuses on texts involved in the research process, such as review articles, research paper proposals, dissertations and conference abstracts; makes extensive reference to findings from genre and corpus-based analyses; and includes conducting mini-analyses on the discourse in participants' own disciplines.

LANGTCHG 716
15 Points

Vocabulary Learning and Teaching

Explores the role of vocabulary learning within a language teaching programme. It reviews research evidence on the nature of vocabulary and the processes involved in vocabulary learning, and considers how to facilitate the acquisition of vocabulary by second language learners both inside and outside the classroom.

LANGTCHG 723
15 Points

Theories of Language Learning

A critical examination of theories of second language learning grounded in linguistics, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics and education. The course focuses on cognitive and social theories of second language acquisition, identifying commonalities and differences in the theories, and considering their pedagogical implications.

LANGTCHG 733
30 Points

Second/Foreign Language Teaching Practice

Aims to create opportunities for students to integrate disciplinary knowledge and professional teaching practice in order to develop the skills required of effective teachers of second and foreign languages. The course includes a seminar-based learning component, micro-teaching, focused observation and reflective teaching practice.

Prerequisite: Approval of Academic Head or nominee

Restriction: LANGTCHG 729

LANGTCHG 734
15 Points

Special Topic

LANGTCHG 739
15 Points

Directed Study

Supervised research on an approved topic or topics related to language teaching and learning.

LANGTCHG 740
15 Points

Language Analysis for Teachers

The study of the structure of English through an analysis of the key concepts and features of English phonology, morphology, syntax and vocabulary from the perspective of second/foreign language teaching.

Restriction: LANGTCHG 720

LANGTCHG 746
15 Points

Materials Development and Evaluation

The principles and processes of designing and evaluating language teaching materials.

Restriction: LANGTCHG 726

LANGTCHG 747
15 Points

Individual Learner Differences and Second Language Learning

The findings of research into individual learner differences and their role in language learning; the quantitative and qualitative methods used in this research.

Restriction: LANGTCHG 711

LANGTCHG 751
15 Points

Corpus Studies in Applied Linguistics

Covers the theoretical and practical aspects of using corpora to promote language learning. A major part of the course will focus on using corpora and text analysis tools to provide a description of language as it is used by different people for different purposes. Once we have a good description of language usage, we can move on to consider the role of corpus studies in language teaching.

Restriction: LANGTCHG 713

LANGTCHG 752
15 Points

Computer Assisted Language Learning

Covers the theoretical and practical aspects of using technology to promote language learning. Includes culture and CALL, exercise authoring, CALL research, technology and the four skills, web-based language learning, computer-mediated communication, and CALL evaluation.

Restriction: LANGTCHG 719

LANGTCHG 753
30 Points

LANGTCHG 753A
15 Points

LANGTCHG 753B
15 Points

Research Essay

Prerequisite: An average of A– over four courses or approval of Academic Head or nominee

To complete this course students must enrol in LANGTCHG 753 A and B, or LANGTCHG 753

LANGTCHG 754
15 Points

English for Specific Purposes

Considers theory and practice in developing language courses to meet the specific academic or work-related needs of adult learners. In particular, it focuses on analysis of target communication, needs analysis, issues and methodologies in ESP and ESP research. Uses the example of English for Specific Purposes but is relevant to the teaching of other languages for specific purposes as well.

LANGTCHG 756
15 Points

Special Topic

LANGTCHG 757
15 Points

Conducting Research in Applied Language Studies

Explores advanced theoretical perspectives for research into second/foreign language learning, teaching, and use. Enables students to acquire an advanced understanding of selected research methods. Students work independently on a small-scale project, which involves the collection and analysis of data on second or foreign language learning, teaching or use.

Restriction: LANGTCHG 732, 745

LANGTCHG 760
15 Points

Curriculum Design

Advanced level study of theoretical principles and current issues in the second language curriculum. Includes historical examination of influential approaches and methods, with particular attention to the development and current position of communicative approaches. Examines issues associated with course design processes including assessment of needs, objectives setting, syllabus and materials selections, and course evaluation.

Restriction: LANGTCHG 741

LANGTCHG 761
15 Points

Sociolinguistics

Examines sociolinguistic concepts relevant to understanding influences on language use at the level of individuals, social groups and institutions. Enables students to acquire an advanced understanding of social and regional dialects, perceived differences in the market status of particular languages, the use of sociolects and ethnolects in the media and other public domains, and policies and practices concerning migrant and heritage language maintenance.

Restriction: LANGTCHG 749

LANGTCHG 762
15 Points

Second Language Acquisition

Advanced study of current theories of second language acquisition and research that have examined both instructed and naturalistic acquisition. Includes an independent study involving analysis of learner language and writing a standard research report and a critique of a pedagogical approach, drawing on contemporary research on how languages are learned.

Restriction: LANGTCHG 722, 723, 743

LANGTCHG 763
15 Points

Discourse Analysis

Examines major theoretical approaches to the analysis of discourse and implications for pedagogy. Students acquire specialised knowledge of approaches to analysis and frameworks that underpin research, and develop advanced skills in written and spoken text analysis and critical awareness of issues and debates in the field. Assignments involve substantial independent research that includes analysis and interpretation of data.

Restriction: LANGTCHG 744

LANGTCHG 764
15 Points

Creativity: Research and Practice

Theoretical perspectives, pedagogical practices and research projects related to the topic of creativity in language learning and teaching. Enables students to acquire an advanced understanding of the concept of ‘creativity’ with reference to language teaching and learning through exploratory research, practice and reflection.

Restriction: LANGTCHG 755

LANGTCHG 765
15 Points

Language Testing and Assessment

Advanced study of theoretical principles and current issues in language testing, assessment and evaluation, and their application to teaching practice and research. Examines issues associated with the creation of valid and reliable assessments, and the implications for course design processes, with particular attention to the testing, assessment and evaluation of communicative language proficiency.

Restriction: LANGTCHG 742

LANGTCHG 790
30 Points

LANGTCHG 790A
15 Points

LANGTCHG 790B
15 Points

Research Project

Prerequisite: An average of A– in 60 points from courses in the MA in Applied Linguistics or MTESOL or approval of Academic Head or nominee

To complete this course students must enrol in LANGTCHG 790 A and B, or LANGTCHG 790

LANGTCHG 796A
60 Points

LANGTCHG 796B
60 Points

Thesis

Prerequisite: A BA(Hons) in Linguistics or a language with an average grade of A–, or equivalent, or a PGDipLT or equivalent with an average grade of A–

To complete this course students must enrol in LANGTCHG 796 A and B

LANGTCHG 797A
60 Points

LANGTCHG 797B
60 Points

Research Portfolio

To complete this course students must enrol in LANGTCHG 797 A and B

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