Semester 2, 2016
A 15-point course primarily for students in the PGDipLT, MTESOL and MA in Applied Linguistics programmes
Professor John Read Email: email@example.com
Course aims and objectives
The aims of the course are to explore the role of vocabulary learning within a language teaching programme, to review research evidence on the nature of vocabulary and the processes involved in vocabulary learning, and to consider how to promote the acquisition of vocabulary by second language learners both inside and outside the classroom.
By the end of the course, students should be able to:
- demonstrate a good understanding of the nature of vocabulary
- analyse the vocabulary content of particular texts
- set appropriate vocabulary learning goals for their learners
- apply research findings to designing the vocabulary component of a language course
- discuss current issues in vocabulary learning and teaching.
Week 1: The nature of vocabulary
Week 2: The components of vocabulary knowledge
Week 3: Teaching vocabulary in the classroom
Week 4: Vocabulary needs for reading and listening comprehension
Week 5: Incidental vocabulary acquisition through reading and listening
Week 6: Vocabulary use through speaking and writing
Week 7: Vocabulary learning strategies
Week 8: Memorising techniques in vocabulary learning
Week 9: Collocation and formulaic language
Week 10: Vocabulary for specific purposes
Week 11: Designing a vocabulary learning programme
Week 12: Vocabulary assessment
There will be a two-hour class each week, combining lecture input with a variety of discussion topics and practical activities.
In keeping with the Faculty workload guideline, students are expected to devote ten hours per week to study for this course.
There is no set textbook for this course. Students are expected to read the set articles and chapters specified for each topic.
The course grade will be based on two assignments
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