EML521 English Communication in the Digital Age (8)

This subject explores how English language learning and communication have changed in the digital age. With a focus on online digital and social media, students will investigate how information and communications technologies (ICTs) can assist language learning and effective communication. Students will critically analyse major theories of language learning and acquisition, and their own language journey, in relation to digital and online tools. They will learn how to manage, critique, and curate online content in English, and consider their own identity in digital spaces as consumers and producers of digital content.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Teacher Education

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Critically evaluate the role of digital and online tools in relation to major theories of language acquisition;
  • Explain the role of ICTs in their own language learning experiences;
  • Investigate digital and social media in a range of international and cultural contexts;
  • Investigate and demonstrate effective English communication in digital and social media;
  • Construct and manage a creative, professional and responsible digital identity;
  • Maintain a critical stance to both consuming and producing digital and online content;
  • Recognise and reflect on the risks and responsibilities of participation and collaboration in online digital media.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Language acquisition and learning theories including behaviorism, cognitivism, interactionism, constructivism and bilingualism
  • ICTs in language acquisition and learning –Computer assisted language learning (CALL), Technology enhanced language learning (TELL), corpora and concordances, multimedia, virtual worlds, blogs.
  • Navigating, managing, critiquing, and curating digital and social media in a range of international and cultural contexts.
  • Online, digital, and linguistic identities.
  • Effective collaboration and communication in online environments
  • The risks and responsibilities of participation and collaboration in online digital media.


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.