This module explores the rise of English as a global language focusing on the factors that have led to, and the issues that have arisen from, its dominant status. You will learn about the interrelation between globalisation, standardisation and variability and become familiar with relevant considerations regarding the spread of English across the world. You will also investigate the use of English in different domains from the point of view of its users, including the use of English in academic contexts by non-native speakers. This module will allow you to develop a critical awareness of what it means to be a user of English beyond the native norm and evaluate existing approaches to analyse language use in the English context.
Aims and Objectives
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Be able to analyse linguistic data in respect to Global Englishes frameworks
Knowledge and Understanding
Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
- Understand the global role of English and the different approaches to conceptualising this including World Englishes, English as a lingua franca and English as an international language
- Understand the implications of Global Englishes research for conceptions of the English language and language more generally
- Understand the reasons for the global spread of English and the links between globalisation and English
- Understand the implications of Global Englishes for the related fields of intercultural communication, language ideology, language and education and language and professional communication
The module is likely to include the following topics: Personal, local, regional and world languages; English in the past: the establishment of English language standards; the spread of English through native and non-native speakers; English as a Lingua Franca; English varieties among both native and non-native speakers.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
Teaching methods include
- 1 weekly lecture;
- 1 weekly seminar;
- Virtual learning environment (Blackboard).
Learning activities include
- Literature searches
- Practical data-based activities;
- Analysis of philosophical positions.
|Preparation for scheduled sessions||60|
|Wider reading or practice||20|
|Completion of assessment task||26|
|Total study time||150|
Resources & Reading list
Graddol D. (2006). English Next. London: British Council..
Crystal, D. (2012). English as a Global Language. Cambridge: Canto Classics.
Jenkins, J. (2015). Global Englishes. London: Routledge.
Mauranen, A. (2012). Exploring ELF: Academic English shaped by Non-native Speakers. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Kirkpatrick, A. (2007). World Englishes. Implications for International Communication and English Language Teaching.. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Kirkpatrick A (ed.). (2010). The Routledge Handbook of World Englishes. London: Routledge..
Seidlhofer, B. (2011). Understanding ELF. Oxford: Oxford University Press..
Cogo A & Dewey, M. (2012). Analysing English as a Lingua Franca. A Corpus-driven investigation. London: Continuum.
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Repeat type: Internal & External