Course Title: Teaching English in Global Contexts

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Teaching English in Global Contexts

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


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

Course Coordinator: Assoc Professor Kerry Mullan

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2264

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B37. L5.

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study

You should have satisfactorily completed LANG1323 Introduction to Language,  before you commence this course.

Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course.

Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. 

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



Course Learning Outcomes  

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:  

  1. identify various teaching methodologies, approaches and techniques, and apply them critically in formal as well as in informal teaching and learning contexts
  2. understand the teaching of English from local and global perspectives
  3. critically reflect on the teaching and learning process
  4. understand cross-cultural differences in learning styles and strategies 

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities both face to face and online such as lectures/seminars, tutorials, group and class discussion, group activities and individual research.  

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. 

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. 

Assessment tasks 

Assessment Task 1: Informed reflective post, total 1000 words 30%, CLO2, CLO3 and CLO4  

Assessment Task 2: Teaching plan, 1000 words 25%, CLO1, CLO2, CLO3 and CLO4 

Assessment Task 3: Professional Report, 2000 words 45%, CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, and CLO4 

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. 

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.