Skip to main navigationSkip to main content
The University of Southampton

LING1002 From English to Englishes

Module Overview

This module introduces you to the spread of English from its historical origins to colonial and postcolonial contexts and, further, to current global contexts. It explores sociolinguistic issues and debates centering on the development of English. It engages with different approaches to the understanding of English - for example, World Englishes, Global Englishes and English as a lingua franca - in local and global contexts.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • different conceptions of English, such as English as a foreign language and English as a lingua franca
  • the status and the role of English in different contexts
  • the position of English as a world language
  • the making of modern-day English and the process of standardisation
  • sociolinguistic issues with regard to Standard English
  • sociolinguistic phenomena such as language contact, diglossia, bilingualism, pidginisatin/creolisation, and code-switching
  • different varieties of English and the linguistic heterogeneity of the English-speaking world.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • engage with theory on language use and change in relation to English
  • appreciate and critique key notions in the field of World Englishes
  • reflect on the roles of language users in language standards and language change
  • organise and present information in an academic way
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate understanding of elements of theory which can be applied to the study of other languages
  • work effectively in different modes: carrying out individual research, collaborating with partners, exchanging ideas, presenting findings, and engaging in self-evaluation
  • present ideas in a structured, coherent manner
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • access a range of critical materials in the field
  • show a greater appreciation of prevailing attitudes towards English by benefiting from an informed position
  • be more aware when using English of the social meanings that can be attached to speech


The module covers the following topics: - Standard English in Britain - Linguistic features of English and sociolinguistic conflicts - Linguistic imperialism vs. sociolinguistic empowerment - English creativity and legitimacy - Pidgins and creoles - English as a lingua franca - Global Englishes - The future of English/es

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include - 1 lecture per week -1 seminar per week The lectures will serve to introduce, analyse and investigate key aspects of sociolinguistics with respect to change and variation in the English language. The weekly seminar will be mostly student-led and will offer an opportunity to discuss key themes through discussion of various activities prepared individually and in groups.

Independent Study128
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Kirkpatrick, A (2010). The Routledge Handbook of World Englishes. 

Graddol D (1997). The Future of English?. 

Kachru B.B (1992). The Other Tongue: English across Cultures. 

McArthur T (1998). The English Languages. 

Aitchison J (2001). Language Change: Progress or decay?. 

Sebba M (1997). Contact Languages: Pidgins and Creoles. 

Crystal D (2003). English as a global language. 

McKay S (2002). Teaching English as an International Language. 

McKay S (2002). Teaching English as an International Language. 

Trudgill P. & J. Hannah (2002). International English. 

Jenkins J. (2015). Global Englishes. A resource book for students. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (3000 words) 70%
Report  (1500 words) 30%


MethodPercentage contribution
Resubmit assessments 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

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.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


Core text (if students choose to buy) Jenkins. J. 2015. Global Englishes. Routledge.

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

Share this module Share this on Facebook Share this on Twitter Share this on Weibo
Privacy Settings