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Different Englishes and Interpretations of Language, Culture and Identity (EDU604)

Organisational Unit Education
Credit Points 3
Description This unit explores issues that have particular significance in a world where there are more speakers of English as a second or additional language than there are speakers of English as a first language. The unit examines how the emergence of different Englishes both impacts and reflects language, culture and identity. It views 'Englishes' within the context of interglobal connectedness. Questions around whose English, what English and why English are examined critically.
Unit Learning Outcomes Unit content
By the end of this unit it is expected that each student will be able to:
1. Identify key ideas, and different interpretations within language.
2. Appreciate that culture is embedded in language and that language is an expression of culture.
3. Interrogate different interpretation of language, culture and their nexus within different contexts.
4. Critically examine the language of English within different social contexts and within the context of a globalised would.
5. Articulate different interpretations of English within the contemporary world, understand their origin, and expound on their place within specific national and institutional contexts.
6. Reflect on the concept of identity and how this is impacted by factors such as language and culture.
7. Critically examine seminal work and ideas within the areas of language, culture and identity, and evaluate these within the contemporary context.
8. Personalise information within the unit in order to interpret or apply it within their own context or area of interest.
Academic discourses and processes
By the end of this unit it is expected that each student will be able to:
9. Conduct research independently using a wide range of academic sources.
10. Read text critically and synthesise different arguments and perspectives.
11. Develop an argument, express opinion, and take an informed stance grounded in academic research.
12. Construct and use academic discourses that are appropriate for different and designated purposes.
13. Use critical reflection as a tool within independent thinking and the development of academic skills and knowledge.
Timetabled Learning Activities Internal: workshops: 1 x 3 hours per week.
External: No attendance required.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is through engagement and critical discussion of the issues and ideas that form the core of the unit. Workshop sessions will provide the context for learning experiences.
Other Learning Experiences Internal: workshops: 1 x 3 hours per week.
External: No attendance required.
Assessment A range of written assessment tasks will be used in this unit and feedback will be provided by the tutor.
Prerequisites Enrolment in a graduate-level qualification or permission of the Unit Coordinator.
Exclusions Students who successfully completed EDU619 Different Englishes and Interpretations of Language, Culture and Identity cannot enrol in this unit for credit.
Previously 2013: 'Issues in Language Education'
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Ms Penelope Coutas
Language Education Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 1370
e: p.coutas@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.021A - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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