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 Second semester 2013 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Zhichang Xu


Previously coded EIL3210


With English being an international language, using only one pattern of writing in English as the 'best' model because English speaking countries are the 'exclusive sole owners' of the language may no longer be relevant. What is considered to be "good or bad writing" in English, therefore, deserves thorough and critical investigation. This unit encourages students to investigate a variety of English writing practices in different societies. This should enable them to challenge the 'secret' behind some pedagogical feedback, as well as to discuss some key aspects/features of writing in English in international communication settings..


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

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of how a person brings his/her own cultural practice and cultural identity into writing;
  2. Demonstrate awareness of features of writing in World Englishes and in different societies in the world;
  3. Have a critical perspective on 'good writing' in today's globalised world.
  4. Critically challenge the assumptions behind one hegemonic model of writing in English in international communication;
  5. Develop cross-cultural and international writing competence in an international professional context.


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

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

two hours/week

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