This unit of study will involve a 25-day placement (equivalent to 200 hours)  in an approved ESL teaching context under the supervision of an experienced supervising teacher who holds a post-graduate TESOL qualification and who has taught ESL for at least two years. Placements can be undertaken in primary or secondary schools or a variety of adult settings. Student placements should be according to the sector they intend working in. The 25 day practicum should comprise a minimum of 20 days where the student teaches planned lessons and a further 5 days of focussed observation of qualified and experienced ESL practitioners. During the placement, the student must be visited on at least one occasion by a university supervisor. It is a requirement that students participate as fully as possible in the ESL program during their placement. As well as observing and teaching classes, activities must include: familiarisation with policies and procedures of the program; study of the curriculum documents used with the learners; familiarisation with assessment procedures and practices; observation of learner placement interviews; assisting individual ESL learners / small group work within a class; correction of learners' work; preparation of teaching resources; participation in excursions and other special activities; attendance at staff / planning / department / curriculum meetings.

20 days have to be spent in the classroom teaching (minimum 2 lessons of 50 minutes each per day) and 5 days have to be spent on observation.

Unit details

Location:
Study level:
Postgraduate
Credit points:
24
Unit code:
AEG5124

Prerequisites

AEG5123 - TESOL Methodology

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Exhibit competence in a range of key knowledge areas including curriculum planning, contemporary language-teaching methodologies and assessment which meet the diverse needs of students;  
  2. Contextualise and apply contemporary principles in planning language learning, techniques and resources for effective teaching and learning of spoken and written English;  
  3. Evaluate and develop strategies to foster a positive learning environment for diverse learners;  
  4. Implement enhanced teaching skills and critically reflect on professional practice in second language contexts; and  
  5. Apply and validate the theoretical and practical learning opportunities to become an accomplished and autonomous TESOL practitioner.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Portfolio Professional Practice Portfolio Pass/Fail
Practicum Supervised professional practice accompanied by the report Pass/Fail
Essay Planning principles Pass/Fail
The Practicum is a hurdle task and must be satisfactorily completed prior to submitting the Professional Practice Portfolio. Students are encouraged to apply what they have learnt and done in the other TESOL course units to complete this assessment task.

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