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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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

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


Previously coded EIL1010


In today's context of globalisation, English has taken on the role of an international language, used for the purposes of international and intercultural communication. This unit provides students with some basic understanding of the current sociolinguistic reality of the English language. It introduces the basic notions in the study of English as an International Language. It will also engage students in some current debates about the communication in English and allow them to reflect on their own use of English in international and intercultural contexts.


  1. Demonstrate a high level of awareness and understanding of the differences in how people communicate in English;
  2. Explain factors behind those differences in how people communicate in English;
  3. Reflect critically on their own experiences of using English in intra/international and intra/intercultural contexts and unpack any misconceptions or pre-conceived assumptions about communication in English;
  4. Demonstrate critically reflective attitudes towards issues of communication in English.


Major Assignment: 45%
Minor Assignment: 25%
Final Test: 20%
Participation: 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Roby Marlina

Contact hours

3 hours (1 x lecture and 1 x 2 hour seminar) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

English as an international language