edu4uet understanding english for teaching




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject inexperienced teachers of English as a second or foreign language are introduced to the basic structure and usage of English. The subject covers aspects of English phonology, syntax, discourse and other aspects of language in use as they relate to the teaching of English.

SchoolSchool of Education

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDonna Starks

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsNo

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Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

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Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsThe study of language,PrescribedYule, G. (2016)6TH EDN, CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Understand key concepts and how language works

Standardisation and Correctness, Discourse conventions: Written and spoken language, Engaging with word categories, Engaging with meaning, Engaging with lexical and phrasal categories, Engaging with clauses, Describing Australian English sounds and spelling; Describing English intonation and stress

02. Understand what we mean by 'standard English' and understand how Australian English is distinct from other national varieties

Standardisation and Correctness

03. Understand how to analyse a piece of written or spoken English

Discourse conventions: Engaging with written and spoken language

04. Understand how words and sentences convey meaning

Engaging with word categories, Engaging with meaning

05. Understand the structure of words and phrases and clauses

Engaging with lexical and phrasal categories, Engaging with clauses

06. Understand how sounds and symbols interact to form orthographies and develop an basic understanding of key components of stress, pitch, and intonation

Describing Australian English sounds and spelling; Describing English intonation and stress

07. Develop an initial understanding of how a knowledge of English relates to theories about English language and the teaching of English

As a part of developing an understanding of language, students will participate in multiple short answer quizzes (Assessment 1). Questions can be answered in multiple ways, depending on the teacher's theory of language and language teaching. The answers and the reasons behind them form an integral part of class discussion.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Week 33-45, Day


Online enrolmentYes

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Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDonna Starks

Class requirements

Lecture/WorkshopWeek: 33 - 35
Four 7.0 hours lecture/workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 33 to week 35 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
One 3000-word Language Analysis7001, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07
Weekly tasks (1000-words equivalent)3001, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06