ATS1291 - Communication in international languages - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

English as an International Language

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Marc Xu


Dr Atefeh Hadi

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


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 fundamental understanding of the current sociolinguistic and cultural reality of the English language, alongside other international languages. It introduces relevant notions in the study of English as an International Language. It will also engage students in some current discussion regarding the communication in English and other international languages, and allow them to reflect on their own use of international languages in intercultural communication contexts.


Upon successful completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  1. recognise and explain the differences in how people communicate in English and other international languages;
  2. critically reflect on their own experiences of using English and other international languages in intra/international and intra/intercultural contexts and unpack misconceptions or pre-conceived assumptions about communication in international languages;
  3. critically analyse relevant issues of communication in international languages.


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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