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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts

Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titleMEngIntLang
CRICOS code058232E
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)1.5 years FT, 3 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Course coordinator

Associate Professor Farzad Sharifian


The Master of English as an International Language is an innovative interdisciplinary course designed for candidates who are interested in exploring the issues that are associated with the role of English as an international language. The course covers issues that relate to the socio-cultural, conceptual, and ideological considerations that relate to the spread of English around the world. It addresses issues such as the speaker's identity, teaching of English as an international language, and the use of English as a lingua franca in international professional contexts.


Students successfully completing this course will have:

  • a sound knowledge of diverse aspects of the academic discipline
  • an understanding of the world view of the field of study
  • a critical appreciation of the secondary literature in the field of study
  • a familiarity with many of the key texts and cultural products pertaining to the field of study
  • advanced reading and communication skills, both written and verbal
  • advanced analytical skills
  • a grasp of research methodology and ethics, and an ability to undertake a small, independent research project in one of the disciplines represented in the program.


This course consists of two 12-point core units and 48 points of elective units. All units are worth 12 points unless otherwise indicated.


Core units

  • EIL4402 Renationalising English: Language, culture, and communication
  • EIL4404 Issues in teaching English as an international language

Elective units

Students may also choose a 12-point elective from a related discipline approved by the course coordinator.

Alternative exit(s)

Students may apply to exit after successful competion of:

  • 24 points with course 3938 Graduate Certificate in English as an International Language
  • 48 points with course 3931 Graduate Diploma in English as an International Language


Master of English as an International Language