It has been estimated (conservatively) that there over 2 billion speakers of English as a second language or lingua franca worldwide today. This gives rise to questions about what is ‘correct’ English, who ‘owns’ English and how it should be used and taught.
The programme provides students with the opportunity to explore and understand the way in which English is used and taught on a global scale and what this means for our understanding of English and language and communication more generally. This programme will address key issues in Global Englishes including:
- English as a Lingua Franca
- World Englishes
- the role of English in education globally
- English language policy and practice
- intercultural communication and intercultural pragmatics
The programme will be taught by members of staff from the world leading research Centre for Global Englishes.
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Application process and required supporting documents
- University online application including a personal statement
- 2 references
- English language (if relevant)
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This postgraduate programme is normally studied over one year full-time (48 weeks). It comprises eight Masters level study units (four Core 7.5 ECTS (15 CATS) credit modules, a 30 ECTS (60 CATS) credit core dissertation and four Option modules), plus additional visiting speaker seminars and other extension activities, taught over two semesters (30 weeks). The independent research dissertation is completed over a further period of 18 weeks. Part time students are also accepted, and complete the taught programme over 4 semesters, followed by the dissertation.
Duration: 1 year (full-time)
Start date: September
Closing date: 1 September (an application decision cannot be guaranteed in time unless a complete application is received by this date - students requiring a visa to study should also allow extra time for visa processes)
Typical entry requirements
Academic entry requirements: First or upper second class honours degree, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University in English, modern languages, or a cognate discipline.
English language entry requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall, with minimum of 6.0 in all components, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.
Selection process: Online application
Interview may be required on a case by case basis to assess suitability of course
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Typical course content
Each study unit has a value of 7.5 ECTS, making 60 ECTS (120 CATS) altogether for the taught component. The dissertation has a value of 30 ECTS (60 CATS) credit points, giving the degree an overall credit rating of 90 ECTS (180 CATS) points.
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the
programme and the learning outcomes that a typical
student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage
of the learning opportunities that are provided.
More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide
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Costs associated with this course
Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such
essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the
academic requirements for each programme of study.
There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the
|Stationery||You will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationary items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc.). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
|Books||Where a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source.
Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
|Equipment||Computer Discs or USB drives - Students are expected to provide their own portable data storage device.
Software Licenses - All software is provided
Hardware - It is advisable that students provide their own laptop or personal computer, although shared facilities are available across the University campus.
|Printing and copying||Where possible, coursework such as essays; projects; dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. The University printing costs are currently:
A4 - 5p per side (black and white) or 25p per side (colour)
A3 - 10p per side (black and white) or 50p per side (colour)
Please Note: Paper sizes not recognised by the printing devices will prompt you to select the size and then charge a minimum of 50p per black and white copy and a maximum of £1 per colour copy.
You can pay for your printing by using the money loaders or by using print copy payment service by going to http://www.southampton.ac.uk/isolutions/students/printing-for-students.page
Please remember that we are unable to refund any credit that has not been used by the end of your course, so please consider this when topping up your printing/copy account.
http://www.southampton.ac.uk/printcentre/index.page? also offers a printing and copying service as well as a dissertation/binding service. Current printing and copying costs can be found at http://www.southampton.ac.uk/printcentre/copyrooms/service.pageThey also provide a large format printing service, e.g. Academic posters. Details of current costs can be found at http://www.southampton.ac.uk/printcentre/exhibition/academicposters.page?|
|Placements||Students on placement programmes can expect to cover costs for health and travel insurance, accommodation and living expenses; travel costs; visa costs. This will vary depending on which country you are travelling to. Specific details on what additional costs there will be are detailed in the individual module profiles which can be found under the modules tab of the programmes details of your programme.
In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated
with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also
ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and
Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.