Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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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 2015 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Roby Marlina


This unit examines the complex relationship between English language, culture, and identity. It encourages students to examine how English, as a result of its global spread, reflects diverse cultural values, cultural thought-patterns, and cultural identities. As this relationship has even become more complicated especially in today's globalised world, this unit examines its impact within in multilingual and multicultural nations in detail.


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

  1. Demonstrate a high level of understanding of the relationship between language, culture, and identity..
  2. Appreciate the diversity of cultural values and worldviews reflected in different Englishes.
  3. Reflect critically on their own experiences of communication with people from diverse backgrounds.
  4. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the complexity of the language-culture-identity relationship in today's globalised world.
  5. Communicate across different cultures and Englishes.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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