Language Use in Context

Subject EDUC90061 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2013:

April, Hawthorn - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours
Total Time Commitment:

150 hours

Attendance at all classes (tutorial/seminars/practical classes/lectures/labs) is obligatory. Failure to attend 80% of classes will normally result in failure in the subject.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

This subject extends the student's understanding of English in use in a range of different contexts, thus extending their English language capabilities. Topics include language and social context, differences between written and spoken English, the language of specific fields, analysing text structures and communication and medium.


On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • understand how context shapes language and adapt their use of English to particular contexts;
  • understand the linguistic variables in language register with a view to shaping their own language appropriately;
  • analyse the language of specific fields; and
  • analyse text structures with a view to using appropriate structures in their own writing;
  • be able to identify the linguistic variables in language and register.

Oral Presentation: 1250 words equivalent, due mid semester 25%
Journal Articles: 1250 words, due late semester 25%
Report on Language Use in Specific Fields: 2500 words, due wnd semester 50%

Prescribed Texts:

EDUC90061 Language Use in Context Subject Reader

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Related Course(s): Master of English as an International Language
Master of English in a Global Context

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