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EDF6236 - Language, society and cultural difference

12 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Education

Leader(s): Dr H Phan


Clayton First semester 2009 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2009 (Evening)
Clayton Second semester 2009 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2009 (Evening)
Singapore Term 4 2009 (Off-campus)


This unit aims to explore the ways that language, society and cultural difference relate to each other and why it matters to educators working in schools, universities, technical colleges, other relevant workplaces and having policy roles around the world. It covers concepts of language, culture, identity, and difference; English language education in global contexts and the political and social implications of the globalisation of English; policies and practices relating to immigration and cultural difference in multiple contexts; the ways historical, political and policy contexts shape and are shaped by language and literacy practices; literacy and social and cultural difference in school, higher education and workplace education; the role of language in formal and informal assessment and in curriculum development processes.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should have developed an understanding of language as social, cultural and political practice; the social, historical and political contexts in which language is shaped in contemporary Australian society and the implications for education and training in a range of learning environments including primary, secondary and higher education, workplaces and community settings.


Essay (literature review) (3,000 words): 30%
Research essay (5,000 words): 70%.

Contact hours

3 hours per week

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