Faculty of Arts


Language Analysis for Teachers


Whatever approach that language teachers adopt in teaching their classes, it is essential for them to have a good knowledge of the structural system of the language they are teaching, even when they are not formally engaged in giving lessons on grammar or vocabulary or pronunciation. This knowledge is very useful in analysing the kind of errors that learners make and in giving them feedback that will help them to improve their language usage. Native-speaking teachers in particular have often not studied formal grammar as part of their own schooling, so it is important for them to complement their implicit knowledge and intuitions with an explicit framework for analysing linguistic structures.

LANGTCHG 740 is not simply an introductory linguistics course. Although obviously it draws on concepts and classification systems taken from descriptive linguistics, it adopts a pedagogical perspective which gives attention to the kinds of errors that learners make and to aspects of the language system that are often difficult for learners to master.

The course is divided into three modules. Half of the course is devoted to grammar, and the other half is divided between vocabulary and the sound system. For the course assessment, each module has its own assignment and in addition there is a one-hour class test for the grammar module.

The current textbook is Structure and meaning in English: A guide for teachers, by Graeme D Kennedy, published by Pearson Longman in 2003.

Availability 2016

Semester 1


Coordinator(s) Professor John Read


Kennedy, Graeme D. Structure and meaning in English: A guide for teachers. Pearson Longman, 2003.

Recommended Reading


LANGTCHG 740: 15.0 points



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