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Global Englishes (MA)

Master of Arts
Typical Offer
2:1 degree View full entry requirements
1 year
Course Type
Next course starts
September 2020

About this course

Discover the effect of the English language across the world on this MA in Global Englishes at the University of Southampton. You’ll study the use of English in global contexts and get tuition from leading experts in the field. This master’s degree can help you progress to a career in teaching, politics or publishing.

On this UK master’s course, you’ll learn about English as a world language and the influence it has had on other cultures and the varieties of Englishes spoken worldwide.

With over 2 billion speakers of English as a second language worldwide today, you'll look into questions covering a range of topics with an international perspective. They include ‘what is “correct” English?’, ‘who “owns” English?’ and ‘how should it be used and taught?’.

The course gives you the chance to explore and understand the way in which English is used and taught on a global scale. You’ll look into what this means for our understanding of English, language and communication more generally. You'll cover key issues in global Englishes including:

  • English as a lingua franca (common language)
  • world Englishes 
  • the role of English in education globally
  • English language policy and practice
  • intercultural communication and intercultural pragmatics (how context contributes to meaning)

The degree will be taught by members of staff from the research Centre for Global Englishes.

Course leader

The course leader is Dr Will Baker. He's the Director of the Centre for Global Englishes and an Associate Professor in Modern Languages and Linguistics. Dr Baker’s research focuses on global Englishes and intercultural communication. He also supervises doctoral students in these areas and oversees MA programmes in Global Englishes, Intercultural Communication and English Language Teaching: Online. Find out more on Dr Baker’s staff profile page.

Course location

This course is based at Avenue.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

Download the programme specification

The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.