ENGLISH AS AN INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE.
English as an international language (EIL) is an innovative area of
study. It offers a new perspective on the use of English in today's
globalised and internationalised world. The major examines the different
Englishes in the world, and the implications of the global spread of
the English language for intercultural communication. You will
critically reflect on your experiences of use in a variety of contexts
and examine them in the context of the development of intercultural
communication skills. You will also develop a high level of
understanding of the ideology behind the learning and teaching of
English; the different models used; and the impact of ethnocentric
teaching and learning materials or activities on learners and teachers
English as an International Language (EIL) is a newly emerged area of
study in the field of applied linguistics. As a program, English as an
International Language equips students with knowledge of the diversity
of English as a result of its global spread, and the ability to
communicate with diverse users of English from diverse cultural
backgrounds. It is also a program that is developed to meet and respond
to Monash’s internationalisation of education initiatives.
Knowledge of the diversity of English, and intercultural communication skills are important because:
living and working in a multicultural and multilingual environment is not uncommon advanced information technology allows people to communicate with
those from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds whose English
and cultural practices are not necessarily familiarthe approach to the teaching and learning of English in today’s
world has changed – knowledge in this field and the ability to teach
English across cultures are essential.
therefore we can say that English is very successful in being an important international language.