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How the English Language Works G (11342.1)

Level: Graduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1, 4
Faculty: Faculty of Education
Discipline: Academic Program Area - Education


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This unit offers an introduction to applied linguistics for teachers, drawing principally on systemic functional linguistics. It shows how functional approaches to language teaching enable us to understand the influence of sociocultural factors on students' language learning and to assist learners gain access to the English of school and community. Specifically, the unit provides an introduction to how texts are structured, including sentence grammar and the linguistics of English spelling.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which language varies across social contexts;

2. Analyse the contextual and textual demands of academic and literate language across the curriculum;

3. Demonstrate knowledge of the linguistics of sentences, including word classes, phrases, and clauses;

4. Demonstrate knowledge of the linguistics of words, including phonological, morphological and etymological understanding; and

5. Apply knowledge about written language to assessment of students' needs, achievements and progress in school learning.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

Three hours of interactive workshops on campus per week.


This unit is only available to students enrolled in the Master of Primary Teaching course.



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