Talking Across Cultures

Qualification: Postgraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Curtin University
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About this unit

Talking Across Cultures looks at the intertwined nature of culture and language with reference to different speech styles and the scope for prejudice or misunderstanding to occur in cross-cultural communication.

Looking at the speech styles of European, Asian, Australian (including Aboriginal) and Middle Eastern cultures, this unit covers oral and written forms of communication, cross-cultural and cross-linguistic transfer and linguistic prejudice.

Offered online by Open Universities Australia and Curtin University, this unit will develop core skills necessary to become an effective teacher of English to speakers of other languages.

Eligibility

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into the following course:

  • Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Curtin University

Areas of study

In this TESOL unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Factors affecting what we say and when we say it – Hymes' – SPEAKING acronym
  • Accommodation and divergence theories
  • Cross-linguistic and cross-cultural transfer
  • Linguistic prejudice
  • Speech styles of varieties of English
  • Telephone language across cultures
  • Speech styles of European, Asian, Australian (including Aboriginal) and Middle Eastern cultures
  • ESP (English for Special Purposes) and the language classroom
  • Topic confusion in English-Asian discourse
  • Written communication across cultures

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following course:

  • Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Curtin University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

This unit builds important skills necessary for TESOL teaching. As English teaching is in such high demand across the globe, career opportunities abound in Australian learning institutions as well as overseas placements in many different countries.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Talking Across Cultures from Curtin University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

 

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You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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