English as an international language - XM0009

English as an international language

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English as an international language (EIL) offers you an informed and critical understanding of the many uses of English in today's globalised world.

An innovative program, EIL will give you insight into the uses of different 'Englishes' from around the world and you'll gain in-depth knowledge about teaching, learning and using English in a variety of cultural contexts.

In examining the different Englishes in the world, this major considers the implications of the global spread of the English language for intercultural communication. You will critically reflect on your experiences of using English in a variety of contexts, and the role of language in the development of intercultural communication skills. You will also develop a high-level understanding of the language-culture-identity relationship in intercultural communication and international language education.

You can choose electives in intercultural communication, and enjoy the chance to apply your insights and expertise to an internship. English as an international language complements studies in Linguistics, other languages (such as Indonesian, Chinese, Korean or French), Sociology, Media or Education.

As a graduate of EIL, you will come away with a unique understanding of the role this world language currently plays in education, business and diplomacy. You'll be able to critically evaluate the ideologies and cultural processes behind the teaching of English, and will develop exceptional cross-cultural literacy.

These skills, together with a comprehensive grounding in research, will complement a range of careers, in areas including translation, marketing, education, international trade and development.

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Major Note Caulfield, Clayton
Minor Note Caulfield, Clayton

This area of study is offered in the following courses or can be taken where you have 8 free electives. To see if you can take this area of study within a double degree select from the course offering below.

What we offer students is a new perspective on the English language in the 21st century, with a focus on the importance of developing intercultural awareness and intercultural communication skills.