English as an International Language

Subject EDUC90078 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

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

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours
Total Time Commitment:

125 hours


To enrol in this subject, you must be admitted in the Master of English in a Global Context. This subject is not available for students admitted in any other courses.

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

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Subject Overview:

This subject examines the establishment and functioning of English as a global lingua franca. Topics covered include: the imperialist/colonialist history of English; the need for an international language; multiple Englishes; English as a shaper and reflection of global culture; English and cultural imperialism; English and the Internet; adaptation of English to local cultures; English as an agent of change.

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • understand the social and political implications of the use of English as an international language;
  • appreciate the diversity of English language usage across the world;
  • be able to critically evaluate the effect of the use of English in particular cultural contacts; and
  • critically consider the implications of their own English usage

Essay 1: 1,000 words, due mid semester 20%
Essay 2: 2,000 words, due late semester 40%
Essay 3: 2,000 words, due end of semester 40%

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Links to further information: http://www.hawthornenglish.com/MEGC_info.html
Related Course(s): Master of English in a Global Context

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