Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject is for postgraduate and later year undergraduate students and aligns with the La Trobe Essential of Global Citizenship. It is suitable for students from all language backgrounds, including native speakers and those who use English as an additional language. The subject analyses the role of English as a global language in two separate modules. The module, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Communication, considers the value of active involvement in a global community and the role of the English language as a tool of global interaction. The module, English Language and Power, considers the role of English as a lingua franca and analyses the status and influence of the English language, in giving access to opportunity and raising issues of identity.

SchoolSchool of Education

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorCelia Hammond

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Apply theory to practice by identifying significant issues related to communication in English within and between cultures.

Reflective writing, Research activities
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02. Critically analyse assumptions about the impact of English as a tool of global communication.

Reflective Online discussions
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking

03. Critique the use of English in specific contexts and develop cross-cultural awareness related to current issues in students' social, political, economic and professional contexts.

Individual research tasks
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Inquiry/ Research

04. Analyse texts on the role of English as a global language which explicitly model critical and analytical skills.

Research essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorCelia Hammond

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours workshop every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"First class will begin in week 2 of semester 2"

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours unscheduled online class per week from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Reflective Assignment (equivalent to 2,250 words)Online reflective written commentary and discussion; reflections on interview findings.50 01, 02, 03
Research Essay (equivalent to 2,250 words)A written discussion of issues arising from the status of English as a global language and the implications of its power.50 01, 02, 03, 04