This course introduces students to some of the fundamental issues and debates in the study of World Englishes. We survey the development of the English language from its origins in the Anglo-Saxon period to its current status as the pre-eminent global language. Key issues will include the historical emergence of new varieties of English; their structural and sociolinguistic dimensions; and the models we use to classify these new varieties. Through the critical reading of introductory texts and research papers in the field, we examine the concepts of ‘linguistic imperalism’, ‘nativeness’ and ownership, issues of ideology, attitudes and identity, and challenges for pedagogy and planning. Students will be expected to reflect critically on the readings, debate relevant issues, and produce a written paper that engages with one of these issues in the field of World Englishes.
- The evolution of English from its origins to the present day
- The spread and classification of Englishes around the world
- The ecology and evolution of new Englishes
- English, culture and education
- English as a Lingua Franca (ELF)
- Familiarise students with varieties of English world-wide and their development and classification in both historical and contemporary eras;
- Lead students to identify and critically reflect on relevant and fundamental issues and debates in World Englishes, including concepts such as ‘linguistic imperialism’ , ‘nativeness’ and ownership, issues of ideology, attitudes and identity, pedagogy and planning; and in so doing:
- Nurture students capable of making informed, intelligent and significant contributions to the ongoing debate surrounding English in its international contexts.
Lectures; in-class debates, discussion and presentations.
100% coursework, comprising:
Mid-term paper (25%)
Group and/or individual presentations (25%)
Final term paper (50%)
Jenkins, Jennifer (2015). Global Englishes (3rd edition). Oxford: Routledge.
Other course material will be available electronically via Moodle or in the library. Suggested readings will also be announced throughout the term.