Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


This course provides fundamental knowledge and skills of teaching English as a second language (ESL) in secondary schools. A wide range of theoretical concepts and practical issues will be explored in four interrelated aspects including pedagogical, technical, cultural and institutional domains. This introductory course lays a foundation for undergraduates who wish to be an ESL and/or LOTE teacher both domestically and internationally.



  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the nature and structure of language

2. Critically analyse theories of second language acquisition and its application

3. Apply core knowledge of TESOL into teaching practice

4. Evaluate approaches to, and methods and techniques of, ESL and LOTE teaching

5. Produce an ESL lesson plan and develop ESL curriculum

6. Provide examples showing how culture is integrated into second language teaching


1. The overall framework for ESL/LOTE teacher education

2. Language structure and function

3. Language acquisition and learning

4. Language teaching (notions of curriculum and method)

5. Social-cultural context of language learning and learner diversity


Student must be active in one of the Programs:

Bachelor of Education (Secondary) [40107]

Bachelor of Education (Secondary)(Honours) [40108].

For students who commenced in the program in 2016 onwards, enrolment in this course is dependent on successful completion of the teacher education admission milestone:

- Three HSC band 5s (including one in English) or

- 80 units of UON courses or

- Regulatory authority approved comparable pathways.

Assessment items

Online Learning Activity: Online Learning Activities

Written Assignment: Essay 1

Written Assignment: Essay 2

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 2

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