EDEM615-23SU2 (C) Summer Nov 2023 start

Learning and Teaching Languages

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 13 November 2023
End Date: Sunday, 11 February 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 26 November 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 January 2024


Participants will gain a comprehensive overview of current thinking about instructed language learning and the ability to judiciously plan for, and deliver research-informed language courses for a variety of settings and learners. This course will also include insights into the practical aspects of language teaching, including the teaching of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.

This is a 30-credit 0.25 EFTS online Level 8 course, running from November – February. This course is suitable for language teachers or those who plan to teach languages, especially those who are teaching English as a second or foreign language or other languages without having a specialist language teaching qualification, or those who qualified long ago or in a very different kind of educational system.

There will be real-time meetings in class on campus and online in Rehua 530 at 4:00 - 5:00 pm on Tuesday

Key contents are:
• Critical exploration of contemporary approaches to instructed language acquisition
• Critical reading and evaluation of recent research in language teaching and language pedagogy
• Language teaching theories and principles
• Syllabus design and lesson planning
• Focus on form verses focus on forms
• Teaching and assessing vocabulary, speaking, listening, writing and reading
• Task-based language learning and integrated skills
• Language testing and assessment
• Individual factors affecting language learning
• Language teacher professional development
• Critical examination of teaching materials

Learning Outcomes

  • On a completion of the course students will be able to:

  • Analyse and evaluate research in the field of learning and teaching of languages in order to identify pedagogical, cultural and social issues involved in language learning and/or teaching
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of current thinking in instructed learning and teaching of languages
  • Critically evaluate resources used in the learning and teaching of languages
  • Integrate knowledge of a target language with knowledge about learning and teaching languages to effectively plan and evaluate teaching and assessment of that language for a particular educational setting
  • Explain and demonstrate successful language teaching strategies in the context of a specific language teaching curriculum


Subject to approval of the Head of School.


EDEM681 (note this is between 2014-2015 only)

Timetable 2023

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 16:00 - 17:00 Rehua 002 Lectorial
8 Jan - 4 Feb
01 Tuesday 16:00 - 17:00 Rehua 002 Lectorial
13 Nov - 17 Dec

Course Coordinator

Jean Kim


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Research-informed Unit Plan 17 Dec 2023 50%
Evaluate and Critique of a Modelled ESL Lesson 26 Jan 2024 50%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,990.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Teacher Education .

All EDEM615 Occurrences

  • EDEM615-23SU2 (C) Summer Nov 2023 start
  • EDEM615-23SU2 (D) Summer Nov 2023 start (Distance)