Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


Many of the cultural expectations that are implicit to language learning are carried subconsciously by native speakers but are often invisible to second language learners. Such aspects as pragmatics, language use, and appropriate role behaviour are often culture-specific and are likely to override semantic considerations for language learners.



  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Identify the cultural elements in language form in both first and second languages;

2. Identify and describe cultural variations in language usage in both first and second languages;

3. Design ways of overcoming cultural variation in pedagogical situations; and

4. Explain and justify cultural standpoints on specific issues of cultural differences.


  1. Cultural elements in language form in both first and second languages;
  2. Case studies of cultural expectations and variations;
  3. Theory explanations of cultural identity; and
  4. Pedagogical methodology for dealing with cultural variations.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assignment 1

Written Assignment: Assignment 2

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Study

Contact hours


Integrated Learning Session

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.