APG5047 - Issues in teaching languages for international communication - 2019

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit


Chief examiner(s)

Dr Howard Manns


Dr Howard Manns

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)
  • First semester 2019 (Online)




This unit explores the socio-cultural, ideological, pedagogic and linguistic issues that arise from the teaching of English and other languages in an era of multilingual, multi-modal communication. It addresses the changing profiles of international languages, and the ways in which they are used, interrogating fundamental issues such as 'ownership' and 'proficiency'. It considers the implications for topics such as curriculum, assessment, pedagogic approaches and motivation and identity.


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

  1. identify and explain linguistic, ideological, pedagogic and socio-cultural issues that surround the teaching and use of English and other languages;
  2. apply these understandings to philosophical and practical issues in familiar contexts;
  3. critically analyse relevant research and commentary;
  4. present analysis both orally and in writing.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 288 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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