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LING6025 English as a World Language (on-line)

Module Overview

The module will explore the following topics: Personal, local, regional and world languages, English in the past: the establishment of standards, the spread of English through native and non-native speakers, English from a third world perspective, power and exploitation, language rights, features of English varieties among both native and non-native speakers, the role of literary and cultural studies, a model of the role of English in the contemporary world.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• explore the rise of English to its current dominant status; • consider the implications of its current position for language professionals; • develop appropriate professional skills in response to the current position of English in the world.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • the history of the rise of English;
  • major arguments for and against the use of English as an international language;
  • the impact of a range of philosophical, political, economic, and cultural arguments on the practice of English and other language teaching;
  • possible ways of addressing concerns about the role of English in pedagogy and teaching materials, including: 1. components of teaching or teacher education programmes 2. teacher education materials 3. emancipatory and critical pedagogies.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • communicate applied linguistic and educational work in a variety of written formats;
  • communicate your response to applied linguistic and educational work orally, in discussion and in formal presentations;
  • identify, select and draw upon a wide range of reference resources, printed and electronic;
  • develop and maintain a personal bibliography;
  • use information technology appropriately to support and present your research;
  • demonstrate interpersonal skills whilst working with others in the investigation of problems, and in the presentation of arguments and evidence;
  • take appropriate ethical issues into account in linguistic and educational work.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • make use of the relationship between academic, professional, public and user conceptions of language to clarify educational policy and practice;
  • describe the roles of language in social behaviour and users’ attitudes to global language;
  • better assess the implications of theoretical and practical developments in applied linguistics teaching to the education professions.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • recognise principles underlying the analysis and description of language;
  • apply current theories of language learning, language in use, and language education to language in a global context.

Syllabus

The module will explore the following topics: Personal, local, regional and world languages, English in the past: the establishment of standards, the spread of English through native and non-native speakers, English from a third world perspective, power and exploitation, language rights, features of English varieties among both native and non-native speakers, the role of literary and cultural studies, a model of the role of English in the contemporary world.

Special Features

Discussion in seminars will help you to develop understanding of the major issues, and to contribute to well- organised academic discussion. Readings will increase your knowledge of approaches to understanding global languages, and the lectures will demonstrate ways of theorising a rapidly changing contemporary sociolinguistic phenomenon. The essay will enable you to draw upon these skills, and those developed on other units on the course, to produce a coherent argument on a topic of your own choosing. This will require more extensive, independent reading which will contribute to your overall understanding.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

o Teaching methods include • Online tutor led discussion forums • Interactive tasks in topic learning objects • Presentations and lectures via podcasts/audio/video files • Synchronous chat/small group discussions o Learning activities include • Accessing online resources • Participating in online forums • Private study, research and reflection • Practical data-based activities; • Analysis of philosophical positions. • Innovative or special features of this module • Close to major current research agenda; • Inter-disciplinary; • In a traditional module, contact time would typically be with materials, tutor, and fellow participants, all in a classroom setting. Online learning is self-instructional learning and there are no classes as such. A large degree of responsibility for and control over your learning rests with you. However, it is important to help you to structure your study time and we do this through two important online forms of contact or interaction. Tasks and feedback which help you to preview, focus, check on or explore issues related to your independent study reading are one form of possible contact time, taking up 3 hours a week. There will also be a ? 2 hour weekly asynchronous forum of discussion, presentation and interaction tasks, moderated by tutors and providing important opportunities for interaction with tutors and peers.

TypeHours
Independent Study126
Seminar24
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

McArthur T (2002). The Oxford Guide to English. 

McArthur T (1998). The English Languages. 

Jenkins J (2015). Global Englishes. 

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

Graddol D (2006). English Next. Why global English may mean the end of ‘English as a Foreign Language’. 

Crystal D (2003). English as a Global Language. 

Widdowson H G (2003). Defining Issues in English language teaching. 

Kirkpatrick A (2007). World Englishes: Implications for international communication and English language teaching. 

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (4500 words) 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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