EML503 English as an International Language: Cultural and political issues (8)


This subject investigates the political nature of English as an international language (EIL). A range of beliefs about EIL are considered including discourses of post-colonialism, development aid and international business. In addition, questions about English language teaching methodology are located within particular world views concerning, among other things the nature of learning, the roles and relationships of learners and teachers, content and literacy practices. The subject also explores the principles of 'critical practice' as an appropriate pedagogical response.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
DistanceBathurst Campus
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Teacher Education

Enrolment restrictions

Master of Education students Graduate Diploma in TESOL students Graduate Certificate in TESOL students
Related subject(s)
EML421 Social Contexts for TESOL

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- describe the social, cultural and political issues surrounding the globalisation of English and English language teaching practices;
- recognise student (and teacher) subjectivities as historically and culturally located;
- critically evaluate the ideas systems underpinning their current practices and personal professional histories;
- articulate principles for a critical pedagogy which is sensitive to resistance, appropriation and cultural change/renewal;
- investigate a specific site for English language teaching drawing on insights from participatory action research and critical discourse analysis.


The subject will cover the following topics:
- Perspectives on the globalisation of English. - English language teaching practices as cultural practices. - Learner subjectivity, discourses and language - 'Standard' forms of English and locally negotiated English voices - Participatory action research as a means of exploring learners' cultures, knowledges and histories. - Critical discourse analysis and multiliteracies.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.