Language Use in Context

Subject EDUC90061 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

April, Hawthorn - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Apr-2015 to 19-Jun-2015
Assessment Period End 26-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-May-2015
Census Date 15-May-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 05-Jun-2015

September, Hawthorn - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 22-Sep-2015 to 13-Nov-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 02-Oct-2015
Census Date 09-Oct-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 30-Oct-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours
Total Time Commitment:

170 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:
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Objectives, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit:


Mrs Susan Worthington


Burim Boonwirat

Phone: 9810 3318


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.

Learning Outcomes:

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%

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.

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
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of English in a Global Context

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