Course outline Block 1





Th 13/2

Š       Introductions

Š       Language learners and the NZ Curriculum.

Š       In class on Thursday: Course introduction. Assessments

Š       Icebreaker Reflections on learning languages and how languages are learned. Opinions

Š       Look through the NZ Curriculum guidelines material for your language.

Learning Languages in NZ Schools

NZ Curriculum Learning Languages

Curriculum guidelines  Te Reo Māori

 New Zealand Sign Language


 Cook Islands Māori










 Vagahau Niue


Fr 14/2

Š       How are languages learned?


Š       In class on Friday: Explaining language learning (Lightbown&Spada ch 4 ppt)(Speaking lecture here). Comprehensible input (Krashen). Beginning lessons.

Š       For next week: Prepare to present your target language to the group (5-10 minutes). What is difficult, what is easy about its pronunciation and grammar? Use the curriculum guidelines and e.g. the wikipedia page or wikibooks for the pronunciation and grammar of the language in question. Here are a few pages I found using Google  using the name of the language and pronunciation or grammar as search terms:;;‎;;

. Teaching Grammar workshop

For next week: Reading


Chapter 11 of The Handbook of Second Language Acquisition (Implicit and Explicit Learning)


1) How to learn any language in six months: Chris Lonsdale at TEDxLingnanUniversity (Principles start at 7:00) 

Extra reading: Read Chapter 4 in Lightbown & Spada’s How Languages are learned



Th 20/2

Language Classrooms

Lecture on Second language learning in the classroom (Lightbown & Spada ch 6).(Speaking lecture here) Discussion questions

Extra viewing: Communicative Language Teaching: What We Have Gained (And What We Might Have Lost) - A Conversation Between Jeremy Harmer and Scott Thornbury


Extra reading: Read Chapter 6 in Lightbown & Spada’s How Languages are learned



Fr 21/2


Š       Lesson planning.  

Š       Target language presentations and discussion.

Lecture on Implicit and explicit knowledge and teaching

For next week: Prepare to present a lesson plan to the group (5-10 minutes).

Workshop listening activities dictogloss and dictation Listen to lecture

Extra reading: Brown chapter 10 on Lesson Planning

For next week: Read  either Ellis's Instructed Second Language Acquisition: A Literature Review (Ministry of Education, 2005) or a shorter version from 2008: CAL Online Resources: Digests

Principles of Instructed Second Language Acquisition

Th 27/2-


Lecture on Ellis Principles


Read  Nation, Paul & Hamilton-Jenkins, Alison (2000). Using communicative tasks to teach vocabulary. Guidelines 22 (2) 15-19. Available online at

Fr 28/2

Ellis’ principles

Lesson plan presentations

Lecture on Teaching vocabulary

Looking at language teaching materials

Analysing and adapting materials

For next week:

1) Read about TBLT: Brown ch 3 pp 50-52 and/or (longer)  Task-based language teaching: sorting out the misunderstandings


2)Read this plan. Prepare a similar plan that can be the basis of a unit plan for your teaching. Be prepared to talk about your plan next week..



Th 6/3-

Unit Planning. 

Lecture on Task-based Language Learning


1)     Beginners’ French

2)     Genuine communication

Fr 7/3


Task-based Learning

Task-based Learning demo

Task-based lesson


Workshop creating  and analysing tasks


For next week

Read Brown chapter 16 ( 257-270) and chapter 17

Prepare to present your task-based unit plan to the group.

Th 13/3

Individual factors. Communicative competence

       The Good Language Learner Lecture

       teaching integrated skills


Young learners in Scotland


Learning Languages on Your Own - YouTube Kostia Andreev


Principles start at 7:00 Hacking language learning: Benny Lewis at TEDxWarsaw


Extra reading Read Lightbown & Spade ch3


Fr 14/3

What to think about on school placement!

Presenting unit plans

Observation thoughts

Assignment 1: Unit plan due 16 March


School placement

Assignment 1: Unit plan due 16 March