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LING3013 English as a Global Language

Module Overview

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

Module Aims

The aims of this module are to: • explore the spread of English to its current global status; • consider the implications of its current position for its speakers and users; • develop your skills in analysing linguistic data. • develop your critical awareness of issues related to language attitudes, language ideology, and language contact and change.

Learning Outcomes

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 reasons for the global spread of English and the links between globalisation and English
  • Understand the implications of Global Englishes research for conceptions of the English language and language more generally
  • Understand the implications of Global Englishes for the related fields of intercultural communication, language ideology, language and education and language and professional communication
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


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 sessions60
Completion of assessment task26
Wider reading or practice20
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Cogo A & Dewey, M. (2012). Analysing English as a Lingua Franca. A Corpus-driven investigation. 

Jenkins, J. (2015). Global Englishes. 

Mauranen, A. (2012). Exploring ELF: Academic English shaped by Non-native Speakers. 

Graddol D. (2006). English Next. 

Crystal, D. (2012). English as a Global Language. 

Kirkpatrick, A. (2007). World Englishes. Implications for International Communication and English Language Teaching.. 

Seidlhofer, B. (2011). Understanding ELF. 

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

English Next.



In-class activities


MethodPercentage contribution
Analytical essay  (2500 words) 60%
Annotated bibliography  (1500 words) 40%


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:


No additional costs have been associated with this module

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

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