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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton First semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Assoc Prof Farzad Sharifian


Previously coded EIL4401


The increasing use of English in international professional contexts, partly due to the increased globalization of trade, has resulted in complexities that merit a close and scholarly attention. Issues such as cultural differences in negotiation style and management as well as expectations of professional meetings have had an impact on how English is used and interpreted by professionals in international contexts. This unit provides an opportunity for students to explore these issues in the light of intercultural communication in English-based professional contexts.


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

  1. advanced knowledge of the issues that surround the use of English as a lingua franca in international professional contexts,
  2. advanced knowledge and understanding of methods of data analysis relevant to patterns of communication,
  3. advanced knowledge of the relationship between general cultural values and communicative performance in specific contexts,
  4. a critical understanding of the role of English in supra-national processes such as globalization.


Written work: 50%
Test: 30%
Oral presentation: 10%
Class participation: 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Farzad Sharifian

Contact hours

1 x 2 hour seminar per week.