EML518 English Communication and Intercultural Competence (8)

This subject explores contemporary theories of English language communication with a focus on identity and intercultural contexts. It investigates variables that influence interpersonal communication in a range of contexts, including the role of culture, gender, and age. This subject will support participants to analyse and develop their own interpersonal communication skills and intercultural competence, and learn how to manage miscommunication.

Subject Outlines
Current CSU students can view Subject Outlines for recent sessions. Please note that Subject Outlines and assessment tasks are updated each session.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2019.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Teacher Education

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Explain theories and processes of identity and interpersonal communication within and across cultures;
  • Articulate variables that influence interpersonal communication in a range of contexts;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of miscommunication and conflict, and how to manage these aspects of communication;
  • Explain theories and models of intercultural competence;
  • Explain the influence of own and other cultural values and practices on communication in English;
  • Analyse and demonstrate skills and strategies to maintain effective communication;
  • Critically reflect on own intercultural competence and strategies for ongoing development.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Theories and principles of interpersonal communication
  • Identity in language learning and use
  • Understanding intercultural communication and competence
  • Variables that influence interpersonal communication and intercultural competence - language, culture, gender, age, context, power
  • Understanding competent interpersonal communication in English - listening, emotional messages, verbal and non-verbal messages
  • Barriers to effective interpersonal and intercultural communication and strategies to overcome miscommunication and conflict
  • Reflecting on and developing own interpersonal and intercultural competence


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2019 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: September 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.