EDPROFST 706A/B : Language Analysis for Teachers

Education and Social Work

2023 Semester One (1233) / Semester Two (1235) (30 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Provides pedagogically relevant information about the English language. Participants will learn fundamental concepts of grammar, vocabulary and the sound system of English and focus on some of the difficulties that learners, including those who are speakers of other languages, commonly experience as they learn English.

Course Overview

This course presents a description of the English language in terms of how it is structured (focus on grammar), its lexicon (focus on vocabulary) and its sound system. There is also some focus on discourse, or on the way that sentences are combined into texts. In terms of the choice of which aspects of language are investigated in the course, the primary focus is on those that are most relevant for English language learners and, in particular, those features which present most difficulty in terms of acquisition.  The course is taught in such a way that participants, as much as possible, work together to establish the patterns and building blocks of the English language for themselves. There are also lots of opportunities for participants to apply their developing understandings and knowledge in practical ways.

Course Requirements

To complete this course students must enrol in EDPROFST 706 A and B, or EDPROFST 706

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities
Graduate Profile: Master of Education

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Analyse how language is constructed at the different levels of sound, word and text. (Capability 1.1)
  2. Analyse how people use authentic language in various contexts to achieve their purposes. (Capability 1.1)
  3. Evaluate student language to determine needs in terms of language development. (Capability 6.1)
  4. Identify and analyse learner errors and describe strategies to deal with these. (Capability 6.1)
  5. Use language terminology to describe features of the English language. (Capability 1.1 and 4.1)
  6. Critically evaluate descriptions and generalizations of language and language use. (Capability 1.1 and 2.1)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Quizzes 40% Individual Test
Assignment 1 20% Individual Coursework
Assignment 2 40% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5 6
Assignment 1
Assignment 2

To pass this course, students must submit all assessments and achieve at least 50% for the overall course.

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 30 point course. On average, students are expected to spend 20 hours per week in each 30 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect 36 hours of lectures, approximately 94 hours of reading and thinking about the content and 160 hours of work on assignments and/or test preparation.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is expected at scheduled activities. 
The activities for the course are scheduled as a block delivery.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

There is no ONE textbook for this class. However, there are TWO texts that will be referred to throughout this course. Both are available online but can also be purchased as hardcopies. They are:

Kennedy, G. (2003). Structure and Meaning in English. Pearson Education Limited.

Ballard, K. (2013). The Frameworks of English. Palgrave Macmillan.

Two other books that are also very helpful, but not available online are:
Derewianka, B. (2011). A New Grammar Companion for Teachers. Primary English Teaching Association.
Humphrey, S., Droga, L., & Feez. S. (2012). Grammar and meaning. Primary English Teaching Association.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

In 2023, more information and support will be given earlier for assignments based on feedback given in 2022. 

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website http://disability.auckland.ac.nz

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/academic-information/exams-and-final-results/during-exams/aegrotat-and-compassionate-consideration.html.

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html.


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 23/10/2022 04:03 p.m.