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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



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


English has now achieved the status of an international language. It is now used between speakers from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds who bring with them their cultural norms such as norms of politeness into the interaction. Therefore, knowledge of the way English is used and cultures from different countries is essential in international communication settings. This unit examines in detail this issue and the complexity of communication in English in international contexts.


  1. Demonstrate a high level of critical understanding of the implications of the role of English as an international language for international communication;
  2. Recognise and appreciate the diversity of cultural conventions and notions of politeness speakers of different cultural and linguistic backgrounds bring to communication within international contexts;
  3. Demonstrate a high level of understanding of 'interaction as cooperation' in international communication contexts and apply this understanding to their own contexts of communication.


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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