TEAC 7044 English Linguistics for TESOL

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 101825

Coordinator Stacey Sherwood Opens in new window

Description This unit provides students with a linguistics background, including English grammar, necessary to excel in English language teaching and assessment. Encompassing the areas of syntax, semantics, morphology, phonology and phonetics, the unit equips students with the technical vocabulary of linguistics and pedagogical grammar as well as the analytical skills necessary to identify and describe both the English language and patterns of performance by second and bilingual language learners. These foundational skills prepare students for success in language teaching, assessment and second language research.

School Humanities & Comm Arts

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 1 10cp

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Restrictions Students must be enrolled in a postgraduate program.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Identify phonemes, morphemes and syntactic constituents in English and other languages.
  2. Describe articulatory configurations required to produce English sounds.
  3. Describe English grammar to L2 learners, language researchers, and general audiences.
  4. Identify sources of second language comprehension and production difficulties.
  5. Demonstrate the relation of linguistic structure and second language developmental patterns.

Subject Content

- Morphology - units of meaning and their combination / The arbitrariness of sound-meaning correspondence / L2 morphological development.
- Phonology - phonemic Categories and allophonic variation / stress and tone in English / sources of L2 pronunciation errors.
- Phonetics - mechanics of speech production / processes involved in L2 perception.
- Syntax - parts of speech / constituent structure / verbal inflection and agreement / pedagogical labels for grammatical Structures / obligatory and optional grammatical constructions
- Semantics/pragmatics - lexical and structural ambiguity / linguistic relativity


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Problem sets 2,000-3,000 words 50 N Individual
Quizzes (multiple choice) 2 x 20 minutes 20 N Individual
Written Exam 120 minutes 30 N Individual

Teaching Periods

2022 Semester 1

Parramatta City - Macquarie St


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