Postgraduate and graduate courses in the program of English as an International Language are designed for candidates who are interested in exploring the theoretical and practical aspects of the teaching of English as an International Language and sociolinguistics of the English language around the globe. The courses cover issues that relate to the socio-cultural, conceptual, pedagogical and ideological considerations that relate to the spread of English around the world. They address issues such as the speaker’s identity, teaching of English as an International Language, intercultural communication, World Englishes, and the use of English as a Lingua Franca in international contexts.
Further information is available on the School’s Graduate Studies (Research) and Postgraduate/graduate Coursework page.
Master of Applied Linguistics (EIL-English as an International Language)
Stream Coordinator: Dr Marc Zhichang Xu
This stream addresses both the theory and practice of teaching English as an international language. It examines the implications of the global spread of English and development of world Englishes for the field of English language teaching. The stream recognises that successful learning of English for international communication in the 21st century requires sound knowledge of English as an international language and intercultural communication skills. Specifically, the stream focuses on the pedagogy of intercultural communication, which is central to the teaching of English as an international language, and explores in great depth the global diversity of the English language, through the study of world Englishes.
English is currently one of the most widely spoken and written languages worldwide. The global use of English in all areas of communication including teaching, business, cinema, music, broadcasting, science, and the Internet in recent decades has led to the creation of a huge number of positions, in various professions and contexts, which require expertise in the international use of English.
Students of postgraduate courses in EIL will be graduates who can demonstrate a highly developed range of knowledge and skills in various areas related to English as an international language. This will be useful in a wide variety of professions. They will, for example, be sought after by international companies and organizations to take up positions such as international development manager, international liaison officer, international interpreter, international project officer, etc. The same skills and knowledge also provides an excellent basis for those who wish to teach English as an international language as their career.
Master of Arts by Research
For course details and entry requirements, see the Master of Arts handbook entry.
This course will enable students to undertake substantial (30,000-40,000 words) and independent research on a topic which may be chosen from any area of applied linguistics that has implications for the role of English as an International Language. These include, but are not necessarily limited to, the cultural, socio-political, pedagogical, ideological, and linguistic aspects of English within the context of its globalization.
For more information about research degrees, please visit the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, Graduate Studies (Research) site: http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/llcl/graduate-studies-content/
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in English as an International Language
For course details and entry requirements, see the Doctor of Philosophy handbook entry.
This program will enable candidates to undertake substantial (60,000-100,000 words) and independent research on a topic which may be chosen from any area of linguistics and applied linguistics that has implications for the role of English as an International Language. These include, but are not necessarily limited to, the cultural, socio-political, pedagogical, ideological, and linguistic aspects of English within the context of its globalization.
Please note that those candidates who intend to apply for scholarships will need to have obtained a grade of 80% or above (equivalent to H1) for the research component of their degree.
For information about research, scholarships, and application procedures, prospective research students should refer to the Faculty of Arts Higher Degree by Research pages.
Dr. Marc Zhichang Xu
School of Languages, Cultures, and Linguistics
Melbourne, Victoria, 3800
Phone: +61 3 9905 2273
Fax: +61 3 9905 5437