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LING6043 Language ideologies in a globalising world

Module Overview

This module presents ideologies of English and other languages in the changing world where globalisation and the unprecedented spread of English are significant factors. It offers the opportunities of studying language ideologies in an extensive, comprehensive and systematic way. It uses examples from around the world, with particular focus on East Asia as a representative point from which the understanding of language ideologies is concretised. It also invites insights from various contexts to enable comparison and contrast in terms of how language ideologies are enacted in language policy, practice, and identity. You will be guided to explore a perspective from Global Englishes and make sense of core issues centred on language ideologies foregrounded by the globalisation of English. Through this module, you will develop knowledge of language ideology theories, and critical thinking about language realities in their own contexts. You will learn to understand language ideologies embedded in different language realities, and deal with language-related issues in academic, professional, and social settings in an informed manner.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • Theoretical understanding of language ideology in globalisation and ability to draw on this knowledge to investigate language ideologies contextualised by the globalisation of English
  • Understanding of the link or the lack of link between language realities and ideologies
  • Understanding of the conflicts between English and other languages as well as those between different Englishes on the basis of insights from a GE perspective
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Ability to explore diversified language choices in practice in their own contexts
  • Ability to analyse language ideologies in discourses, policies and practices
Cognitive Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critical language awareness in the changing context of globalisation
  • Critical reflection on language polity, practice and identification in different contexts


- This module deals with attitudes, beliefs, feelings, ideas, opinions, assumptions, expectations, perceptions, and ideologies related to languages in different social spheres, drawing on empirical research in this field as well as our language experience, observations and life stories. - It explores the theory of language ideology and the paradigm of global Englishes, leading to an interdisciplinary approach to language ideologies behind language issues, such as intelligibility, identity, and conformity. - It focuses on core issues centred on language ideologies brought by the globalisation of English, such as language standardisation, language rights, language diversity, language purism, language legitimacy, critical language awareness, identity, power, and politics of language, employing a GE perspective through which the issues will be analysed and ideologies will be understood. - It discusses representations of language ideologies in different lingua-cultural backgrounds, with examples drawn from Asian contexts in particular, offering you opportunities to look through a GE lens at various language realities and discourses and to discover and analyse language ideologies associated with them. - It examines assumptions of languages in relation to their symbolic and practical values with reference to real-life examples.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods will include: - Lectures - Seminars - Workshops - Interactive group sessions. Learning activities include: - Reading - Collecting data related to language attitudes and beliefs - Collecting examples of language policies and practices - Preparing presentations and discussions in small groups or in seminars - Giving group or individual presentations

Preparation for scheduled sessions36
Follow-up work20
Completion of assessment task40
Wider reading or practice30
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Blommaert, J. (2010). The sociolinguistics of globalization. 

Shohamy, E. G. (2006). Language policy: hidden agendas and new approaches. 

Kroskrity, P. V., & Field, M. C. (2009). Native American language ideologies: beliefs, practices, and struggles in Indian country. 

Jenkins, J. (2014). English as a lingua franca in the international university: The politics of academic English language policy. 

Park, J. S.-Y. (2009). Local construction of a global language: ideologies of English in South Korea. 

Lo Bianco, J., Orton, J., & Gao, Y. (2009). China and English: Globalisation and the Dilemmas of Identity. 

Ying Wang (2020). Language ideologies in the Chinese context: orientations to ELF. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Critical review 40%
Essay  (2500 words) 60%


MethodPercentage contribution
Analytical essay 60%
Case study 40%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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