ATS1292 - Englishes for global communication - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

English as an International Language

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Atefeh Hadi


Dr Atefeh Hadi

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


English has now achieved the status of an international language. It is increasingly used between speakers from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds who bring with them their cultural norms and conceptualisations into intercultural communication. English has become a lingua franca, and in the meantime, it has been nativised into different varieties. Therefore, knowledge of the way varieties of English, or world Englishes, are used becomes essential in international communication settings. This unit examines in detail the complexity of communication in Englishes in international contexts.


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

  1. identify and discuss the implications of the role of English as an international language for international communication;
  2. recognise and discuss the diversity of the English language and cultures that speakers of different linguistic and cultural backgrounds bring to communication in international contexts;
  3. analyse the concept of 'interaction as cooperation' in international communication contexts;
  4. apply theoretical conceptualisations of intercultural communication to students' 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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