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EIL4404 - Issues in Teaching English as an International Language

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Dr Farzad Sharifian


Clayton Second semester 2008 (Day)


This unit will provide students with the opportunity to explore issues that surround the teaching of English as International Language. Through an examination of prescribed texts the unit offers an analysis of the socio-cultural, ideological, and linguistic issues that arise from the teaching of English for the purpose of international and intercultural communication. Students will be introduced to a range of views and positions regarding the nature of EIL including how it should be taught and evaluated.


Upon the successful completion of this unit students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. knowledge of views and positions that have been developed in the literature regarding the teaching of English of as an International Language,
  2. advanced knowledge and understanding of the linguistic, ideological, and socio-cultural issues that surround the use of English for the purpose of international and intercultural communication,
  3. knowledge of the available views and positions on issues such as the 'ownership' of English and 'proficiency' in EIL.


Critical, analytical essay (4000 words) : 35%
Research essay (4000 words) : 35%
Oral presentation and a written report (1000 words (equivalent)) : 20%
Seminar participation : 10%

Contact hours

1 x 2 hour seminar per week

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