EML511 TESOL Practice as Inquiry (8)


This subject explores dialogic practices and orientations to teaching and learning in ESL/EFL contexts. It introduces notions of inquiry and reflective practice as a means of ongoing professional learning and development for TESOL professionals. Using a sociocultural framework, participants will investigate discursive and pedagogic practices that occur in social spaces and through interactions and which are influenced by the learning context, the tasks, and the participants.

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Session 1
DistanceBathurst Campus
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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 explain discourse from a sociocultural theory perspective;
  • be able to synthesize and extend the implications of current research in ESL/EFL pedagogy to contextualised ESL/EFL teaching and learning;
  • be able to apply the principles of reflective practice;
  • be able to apply skills and strategies for inquiring into practice;
  • be able to analyse classroom discourses and dialogic practices;
  • be able to evaluate critically pedagogic practices as a means of ongoing professional learning and development; and,
  • be able to reflect critically on own identity as a TESOL professional.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Sociocultural theory and second language learning
  • Current ESL/EFL pedagogical research and its implications for practice
  • Principles of critical reflective practice
  • Inquiring into practice
  • Bridging discourses, classroom discourses, and dialogic practices in ESL/EFL contexts
  • Role and identity of the TESOL professional in the classroom, institution, and community


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.