Course Title: Teaching English in World Contexts

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Teaching English in World Contexts

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009

Course Coordinator: Dr Shanthi Robertson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3773

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Location: 37.5.12

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

It is expected that students will have completed SOCU 1046 English in Global Perspective prior to taking this course; however, it is not compulsory.

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to English Language Teaching (ELT) in world contexts, especially in the expanding circle of countries where English is required for business and international communication. Rather than adopting a ‘native speaker’ of English perspective on English language teaching, a ‘World Englishes’ view will be adopted, one that values and recognises the varieties of English that now exist around the globe. The course aims to develop an awareness of the socio-cultural and political factors that affect teacher and learner roles in various settings. Students will be introduced to current approaches such as communicative and task -based language teaching in order to select and use appropriate teaching techniques relevant to the contexts they may find themselves in.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Students will have:
• the ability to identify various teaching methodologies, approaches and techniques, and apply them critically in formal as well as in informal teaching and learning contexts;
• an understanding of the teaching of English from a global/local perspective
• the ability to reflect on the teaching and learning process
• an understanding of cross-cultural differences in learning styles and strategies

Overview of Learning Activities

The course is delivered by face to face workshops; however, there is an online component to supplement in class activities. Additional content and links may be placed on the DLS. Students will also have the opportunity to observe a language class and to plan and teach a  practice lesson to the class.

Overview of Learning Resources

The set textbook is:

Candlin, C. & Mercer, N. (eds.) (2001). English Language Teaching in its Social Context. A Reader. Routledge: London & New York.

It is available at the RMIT Bookshop.

The other core readings for this course are available electronically through the library’s eReserve or electronic databases. Links to the core readings are provided on the DLS page. Students are also expected to conduct independent research of relevant journal and books.

Overview of Assessment

Students are expected to attend 80% of classes and to prepare for class activities and discussions.

There are 4 assessment tasks which relate to the capability development of this course:
1. Class participation  10%
2. Lesson observation              20%
3. Practice lesson: needs analysis, lesson plan & reflection             40%
4. In class test         30%