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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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Organisational Unit

English as an International Language


Dr Zhichang Xu; Ms Thuy Ngoc Dinh



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


  • First semester 2016 (Day)


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.


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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