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.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2019.
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details. 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:
  • 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.
The 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

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure you will need to contact your Course Director. You can find the name and contact details for your Course Director in your offer letter or contact your School office.

Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.