Teaching English Internationally

Subject EDUC90101 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

July, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 18-Sep-2015
Assessment Period End 17-Oct-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 06-Aug-2015
Census Date 14-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 18-Sep-2015

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours (24 hours face to face contact plus weekly 1 hour forum participation)
Total Time Commitment:

340 hours

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

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

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Subject Overview:

The subject examines the international debate on the nature and role of English in the world over the past 25 years. Issues of naming and variety are considered and the politics and economics of the spread of English is examined, as well as charges of linguistic imperialism and hegemony. Students need to demonstrate understanding of the issues presented and be able to assess a given context of English teaching with respect to the issues and propose ethical, linguistically and interculturally sound procedures for policy development and teaching practices.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • demonstrate a sound understanding of key principles in the teaching of English as an international language;
  • identify, explain and critically evaluate key aspects of teaching English in the international context;
  • demonstrate awareness of the linguistic and social implications of teaching English as an international language.
  • Tasks completed in class and online to total 2000 words. due throughout the semester (one mid semester and one late in the semester) 20%
  • 3500 word essay on the nature of English as an international language, due mid semester 35%
  • Essay on appropriate teaching methodologies for English as an international language of 4,500 words, due end of semester 45%

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:

McKay, S. L. (2002). Teaching English as an international language: Rethinking goals and approaches. Oxford, England, Oxford University Press.

Recommended Texts:

A collection of readings.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

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

  • a respect for intellectual integrity and the ethics of scholarship;
  • advanced skills and techniques applicable to the discipline;
  • a capacity to articulate knowledge and understanding in oral and written presentations;
  • an advanced understanding of the international context and sensitivities of the specialist area.
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Related Course(s): Doctor of Education
Graduate Certificate in Modern Languages Education (Stream B)
Graduate Certificate in TESOL (Stream B)
Master of Education (Stream 100A) Coursework and Thesis A
Master of Modern Languages Education (Stream A)
Master of Modern Languages Education (Stream B)
Master of Modern Languages Education(Stream 100A) Coursework and ThesisA
Master of TESOL (Stream A)
Master of TESOL (Stream B)
Postgraduate Certificate in TESOL (Stream B)

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