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Unit Overview


Opportunities in the global community depend on communication between people of different cultures and languages, across the world or within a single country. This unit explores three aspects of this global multilingualism from linguistic perspectives. Firstly, it examines the background of the distribution of languages around the world and their statuses in the social contexts of different countries. Secondly, just as different cultures may have different languages, there are also different ways of communicating. Even where people are speaking the same language, these different ways of communicating can result in miscommunication which is sometimes subtle and can undermine the goals of their interaction. Thirdly, the unit examines the two main strategies to bridge the gap between languages—learning another language and using translation and interpreting.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 elective

Students are able to (1) describe the general pattern of diversity of the world's languages, their geographical distribution, and the social contexts of multilingualism from the perspective of sociolinguistic theory; (2) demonstrate understanding of communicative difference across cultures from linguistic perspectives, including cross-cultural pragmatics and contrastive analysis; and (3) demonstrate understanding of the nature and theories of the acquisition and use of second languages, and understanding of theories of translation and the practical and ethical issues in interpreting.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments; (2) examination; and (3) tutorial participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Celeste Rodriguez Louro
Unit rules
LING1103 Language, Culture and Society.
LING2240 Language Learning and Applied Linguistics
Contact hours
36—lectures: 2 hours per week (over 13 weeks)
tutorials: 1 hour per week (over 10 weeks)
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.