ATS3778 - Englishes in the global context - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

English as an International Language


Dr Zhichang Xu

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


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.


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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Twelve credit points of second-year Arts units.