Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitEnglish as an International Language
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2013 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Zhichang Xu


Previously coded EIL3102


The world-wide spread of English and the process of globalization have led to the development of new varieties of English, which are collectively called World Englishes. Communication in the 21st century takes place between speakers of these new varieties of English. This unit familiarises students with the diversity of the English language spoken in the world such as American English, British English, Australian English, Singaporean English, Indian English, Hong Kong English etc. It also encourages students to examine the implications of understanding World Englishes for international/intercultural communication.


At the completion of this unit it is expected that students, as multilingual speakers, will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a high level familiarity with and understanding of different Englishes in the world (World Englishes);
  2. Apply their understanding of World Englishes to international and/or intercultural communication contexts;
  3. Show cultural and linguistic empathy and sensitivity towards speakers from different cultural backgrounds;
  4. Communicate effectively across different cultures and Englishes.


Written work: 60%
Test: 20%
Oral presentation: 10%
Class participation 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 2 hour workshop) per week

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