ATS2770 - English as an international language: Language and globalisation - 2019

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 Brook Bolander


Dr Brook Bolander

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


Twelve credit points of first-year Arts units.


The unit explores the role language, particularly English, plays in globalisation. It examines some social, economic, cultural, and linguistic implications of English language as it crosses cultural and geographic boundaries and settles down in countries where it is not spoken as the national language. Issues that are discussed include the impact of globalisation on languages and cultures, English in the globalisation era, bilingualism and multilingualism, creative use of English in popular cultures and digital environments, cultural identity, and languages in contact.


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

  1. discuss the social, cultural, economic, and linguistic implications of globalization;
  2. recognise and explain the diverse forms and meanings that English language has developed as a result of globalization;
  3. explain the processes of localisation and globalisation of the English language in multilingual and multicultural contexts;
  4. analyse critically the relationship between globalisation, language and the construction of identity.


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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