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ECL773 - Learning Global English in Diverse Social Contexts

Unit details

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Enrolment modes:(B, X)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:H Shokouhi
Incompatible with: ECL715, EXE732
Contact hours: 2 hours seminar per week for on-campus students.


Study school program at Burwood campus for off-campus students subject to demand.
On-campus version subject to demand.


This unit aims to help students understand the local and global context in which their learners study the English language and to address questions relating to how social contexts influence language learners and learning. Topics to be addressed in this unit include: the nature of power relationships and the global use of English and their interaction with class, gender, race and ethnicity; the concepts of identity, globalisation, class, gender, race and ethnicity particularly in relation to education and work and their meaning in terms of personal and classroom experience; the nature of culture and the concepts of cultural change, ideology and schooling; awareness of learners - cultures and/or the target culture; what questions about culture do teachers have, and what do teachers do with cultural information when they have it?; immigration policies globally and their impact on individuals, groups and society; institutional responses to immigration and bilingualism; Language planning and language policy; and presuppositions of one's own culture and its effects on life and work in a multicultural society.


Assignment 1, Learning log, topics 1-2 25% (1,500 words)

Assignment 2, Essay 45% (3,000 words)

Assignment 3, Learning log, topics 3-9 30% (1,500 words)

Prescribed texts

Holmes, J. (2008). An introduction to sociolinguistics, 3rd edition. Harlow, UK: Longmans

Recommended texts

Block , D., & Cameron, D. (Eds.) (2001). Globalization and language teaching. London; New York: Routledge.

Hinkel, E. (Ed.) (1999). Culture in second language teaching and learning. Cambridge, UK; New York: Cambridge University Press.

Kirkpatrick, A. (Ed.) (2002). Englishes in Asia: Communication, identity, power and education. Melbourne, Vic: Language Australia.

Mayo, M . (2000). Culture, communities, identities: Cultural strategies for participation and empowerment. New York: Palgrave.

Singh, M., Kell, P., & Pandian, A. (2002). Appropriating English: Innovation in the global business of English language teaching. New York: Peter Lang.

Spencer-Oatey, H. .(Ed.) (2000). Culturally speaking: Managing rapport through talk across cultures. London: Continuum.

Unit Fee Information

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* Student contribution rate for Commonwealth Supported students who commenced studies from 2010
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*** Student contribution rate for Commonwealth Supported students who commenced studies from 2008
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