- 2019


Minor / Major

Commencement year

This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2019 and should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook.

Any units listed for this area of study relate only to the 'Requirements' outlined in the component of any bachelors double degrees.

Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

Managing faculty

Faculty of Arts

Offered by

English as an International Language

School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics


Professor Kate Burridge

Contact details

LinguisticsLinguistics (http://future.arts.monash.edu/ug-linguistics/)



Linguistics is a major that is dedicated to the scientific study of language and its applications. Within this major, students can specialise in a range of different areas within two dedicated streams: Linguistics and applied linguistics and English as an international language.

Linguistics and applied linguistics involves the study of language, its structure, its diversity and its use. It provides tools for the analysis and description of any given language, and examines how languages differ and what they have in common. Through linguistic analysis we explore identity construction, social and cultural organisation, variation and change, and multilingualism, as well as language patterns in texts and discourses. Knowledge of linguistics is central to the study of languages and is a valuable adjunct to studies in anthropology, education, philosophy, sociology, psychology, law, translation studies and computer science.

English as an international language (EIL) is a newly established area of study. It offers a new perspective on the use of English in today's globalised world. The EIL stream examines the different Englishes in the world, and the implications of the global spread of the English language for intercultural communication. It also enables students to reflect critically on their experiences of using English in a variety of contexts, and to develop a high level of understanding of the ideology behind the use of English in both local and global contexts.

The level 1 units of the linguistics major introduce students to the nature of language in all its aspects, including its structure and diversity, how it changes and evolves, how people acquire it and use it to communicate. These areas involve phonetics (the production and representation of speech sounds), phonology (the organisation of sounds in a language), morphology (the structures of words), syntax (the organisation of words in sentences), semantics and pragmatics (the analysis of meaning), historical linguistics (language change) and sociolinguistics (language variation and use) with explicit references to the English language and other languages.

In later years, these areas are developed further and options are available to investigate Aboriginal languages, Austronesian languages, literacies and the structure of English, varieties of English (e.g., world Englishes), digital literacies, discourse analysis, language and identity, language change, psycholinguistics, cultural linguistics, first and second language acquisition, intercultural communication, endangered languages, and intercultural competence.

The linguistics major also offers a fourth-year honours program which combines coursework and a 24-point research thesis as the foundation for postgraduate research degrees.

Students who major in linguistics are encouraged to gain the experience of learning a language other than their first language either through a major or minor. You may also apply to study linguistics and English language overseas.


Linguistics is listed in A2000 Bachelor of Arts at Clayton as a major and a minor, and in A0502 Diploma of Liberal Arts at Clatyon as a major.


In addition to achieving the broad outcomes of their course, students successfully completing this major will be able to:

  • use the key tools of linguistic analysis to explore the structures of spoken and written texts in familiar and unfamiliar languages
  • apply linguistic knowledge to problems in the world including the role of language in social processes and effective communication across cultures.
  • gain advanced knowledge of different varieties of English in the global context
  • develop a critical understanding of the complexity of the language-culture-identity relationship in intercultural communication
  • develop cultural and linguistic sensitivity towards speakers from different linguistic and cultural backgrounds, and appreciate the diversity of cultural values and worldviews reflected in different varieties of English and different languages more broadly.


Major requirements (48 points)

No more than 12 points at level 1 may be credited to the major and at least 18 points must be at level 3.

Students complete:

  1. Two level 1 gateway units (12 points):
    • ATS1338 Language and communication: Sounds and words
    • ATS1339 Language and communication: Putting words together
  2. One level 2 cornerstone unit (6 points), chosen from:

Linguistics Stream

English as an international language stream

  • ATS2769 English as an international language
  • ATS2770 Language and globalisation
    1. One level 3 capstone unit (6 points), chosen from:

Linguistics stream

  • ATS3666 Indigenous languages of the Pacific
  • ATS3677Not offered in 2019 Indigenous languages of Australia
  • ATS3816 The social context of language learning

English as an international language stream

  • ATS3778 Englishes in the global context
  • ATS3779 Cultural linguistics
    1. Four units (24 points) from the remaining cornerstone or capstone units or the elective list below, with at least two units at level 3.

Minor requirements (24 points)

No more than 12 points at level 1 may be credited towards the minor.

Students complete:

  1. Two level 1 gateway units (12 points):
    • ATS1338 Language and communication: Sounds and words
    • ATS1339 Language and communication: Putting words together
  2. Two level 2 or 3 units (12 points) as listed within the major including cornerstones, capstones and electives. It is highly recommended that students complete a level 2 unit before enrolling in level 3 unit.

Elective list

Units are 6 points unless otherwise stated.

  • ATS2271 Beowulf: An interdisciplinary approach
  • ATS2667Not offered in 2019 Language across time
  • ATS2668Not offered in 2019 Structure and the languages of the world
  • ATS2671 Managing intercultural communication
  • ATS2672Not offered in 2019 Exploring texts with computers
  • ATS2682Not offered in 2019 Second language acquisition
  • ATS2683Not offered in 2019 The analysis of discourse: Texts, narrative and society
  • ATS3083 Translating across cultures
  • ATS3665Not offered in 2019 Language endangerment
  • ATS3669 Sounds of the languages of the world
  • ATS3673 History and sociolinguistics of English
  • ATS3674 Meaning and the mind
  • ATS3679Not offered in 2019 Psycholinguistics and child language acquisition
  • ATS3762 Language and the internet
  • ATS3781 English as an international language: Writing across cultures
  • ATS3935 Professional practice

International study tours

  • ATS3064 Cultural intelligence: Building competencies for global leadership

Intending honours students

Students intending to enter honours in this area of study must have completed a major in the discipline, with a minimum of 24 points of study at level 3 to be eligible.

Relevant courses


  • A0502 Diploma of Liberal Arts


Single degrees

Successful completion of the minor or major can be counted towards meeting the requirements for the following single degree:*

Students in other single bachelor's degrees may be eligible to complete the minor or major by using 24 or 48 points of their free electives.

Double degrees

Successful completion of the minor or major can be counted towards meeting the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts component in the following double degrees:*

  • A2004 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music
  • A2005 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Art
  • B2019 Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Arts
  • B2020 Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts
  • B2038 Bachelor of International Business
  • B2039 Bachelor of Marketing and Bachelor of Arts
  • B2046 Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts
  • C2002 Bachelor of Information Technology and Bachelor of Arts
  • D3002 Bachelor of Education (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • E3002 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • L3003 Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • S2006 Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts

* Students cannot complete both the minor and major in the same area of study.