Skip to content | Change text size

print version

Monash University

Monash University Handbook 2011 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)
Admission, fee and application details
Course coordinator

Associate Professor Farzad Sharifian


Master of English as an International Language is a highly innovative course that focuses on the theoretical and practical aspects of the teaching of English as an international language and sociolinguistics of the English language around the globe.

The course:

  • recognises that the global spread of English has made it a multinational, multicultural language and that today the teaching of English requires more than the traditional skills which were taught under the labels of ESL/EFL.
  • focusses on intercultural communication and intercultural competence, which are central to successful communication in English as a global language.
  • explores in great depth the diversity of the English language around the world, through studying World Englishes.
  • covers issues that relate to the socio-cultural, conceptual, and ideological considerations that relate to the functions and uses of English across different countries and contexts.
  • provides students with an opportunity to practise teaching English as an International Language under the guidance of experienced lecturers in the field.

The program of English as an international language provides a unique opportunity for masters and PhD students to undertake in-depth studies in this area that will equip them with knowledge and expertise that is highly needed in today's internationalised world.


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

  • APG4734 Renationalising English: Language, culture, and communication
  • APG4735 Issues in teaching English as an international language

Elective units

  • APG4347 Research methods in applied linguistics
  • APG4348/APG5348 Second language acquisition
  • APG4635/APG5635 Research methodology in applied linguistics
  • APG4652/APG5652 Managing intercultural communication
  • APG4733 English in international professional contexts
  • APG4921/APG5921 Research project in English as an International language
  • APG5349 World Englishes
  • APG5760 Research Dissertation in English as an International language (24 points)

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 completion 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