EML509 Grammar & Linguistics for Teaching Language (8)


Grammar & Linguistics for Teaching Language is a foundational subject based in the grammar and linguistic knowledge needed to effectively teach English. This subject develops an understanding of texts at both macro and micro levels using functional and descriptive grammars. Participants will deconstruct learner language using approaches including discourse analysis to describe learner’s English language use in order to identify needs and target teaching.

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Session 1
DistanceBathurst Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EML509
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Teacher Education

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to apply theories of language construction from a linguistic perspective including descriptive grammar and systemic functional grammar;
  • be able to explain the foundations of discourse analysis;
  • be able to use appropriate metalanguage to discuss the linguistic features of a range of texts (oral and written);
  • be able to identify and analyse the structures and features of different written texts;
  • be able to describe how spoken language works in terms of phonology and phonetics; and,
  • be able to deconstruct and describe English language learners’ speech and writing.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to descriptive grammar & systemic-functional linguistics
  • Introduction to discourse analysis
  • Text level grammar: syntax, cohesion, text types, mode, tenor, field, etc.
  • Sentence and word level grammar: morphology, parts of speech, clauses, noun and verb groups, etc.
  • Phonology & phonetics: How spoken language is described and works
  • Deconstructing and describing language and language use


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.